Jerry Grayson AFC - Royal Naval Rescue Pilot @ Cole's Books, Bicester - 14th March 2015 @ 1pm
Cole's Books of Bicester is delighted to welcome Jerry Grayson AFC to its book shop in Crown Walk, Pioneer Square, Bicester on Saturday 14th March @ 1pm for a book signing to celebrate the launch of Jerry's book, 'Rescue Pilot - Cheating The Sea'.
Jerry Grayson became the youngest helicopter pilot to ever serve in the Royal Navy, aged just 17. By 25 he was the most decorated peacetime naval pilot in history. Rescue Pilot is his story. Whether saving a wounded fighter pilot who has ditched in the sea, rescuing desperate sailors from a sinking ship – as Jerry did during the infamous Fastnet Yacht Race of 1979 in which 25 yachts were lost – or picking up a grievously ill crewman from the deck of a nuclear-armed submarine that is playing a cat-and-mouse game with the Soviet navy, the work of a search and rescue pilot is vital, dangerous, thrilling and on the edge. Rescue Pilot is the inside view of this heroic service – inspirational as it is celebratory.
Excitingly told, frequently funny but also very poignant, Jerry's story of excitement and adventure is not an account of just one man's deeds, but a salute to all the men and women he worked with who were able to turn tragedies into triumphs. Jerry Grayson AFC served in the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm for 8 years, in the course of which he was presented with the Air Force Cross by the Queen for outstanding gallantry in search and rescue. Since leaving the Navy he has become one of the film industry's leading helicopter pilots, designing and shooting aerial action sequences for Black Hawk Down, several James Bond films as well as hundreds of commercials and footage for documentaries.