Lindsay Peacock – Staff Photographer & Writer

It certainly wasn’t the outcome hoped for by my parents, but failing the 11+ exam was a pretty shrewd move as far as I was concerned. Mind you, I didn’t realise it at the time, but that failure consigned me to the secondary modern stream and was directly responsible for my completing formal education in a school that just happened to be positioned directly under the final approach path for RAF Northolt. Inevitably, it wasn’t too long before my gaze ventured skywards to see what was responsible for all the noise – all too often, it was a Belgian or Italian or Norwegian or Indian ‘Packet’. The rest, as they say, is history…

A career in aviation beckoned and was launched with British European Airways at Heathrow in 1964. A dozen years later, I left gainful employment to try my hand at aviation journalism on a freelance basis. Some 35 years down the line, I’m still at it, proving that persistence does sometimes pay dividends. Along the way, there have been some amazing opportunities and some disappointments too, but it has allowed me to experience things that I couldn’t have done in any other way.

A camera has been an ever-present companion since 1968, when I exposed my first roll of Kodachrome 2, initially using a Zenit E before selling off my entire record collection to fund the purchase of a Pentax S1A just in time for my first visit to the USA in 1969. Latterly, I switched to Nikon, using a succession of FMs until finally converting to digital format in 2007, although I still have some way to go to master the computer wizardry associated with digital imagery. Before that, Kodachrome 2 eventually gave way to K25 and K64 and the results of more than 40 years of photography now occupy two filing cabinets and don’t get to see daylight all that often. Hopefully, more features on GAR will allow me to dip into the archive every now and again in order to share some of it with you…