> Skip to content
  • Published: 28 April 2022
  • ISBN: 9780241557068
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 368

Harrier: How To Be a Fighter Pilot




A white-knuckle account of life in the dog-eat-dog arena of fighter combat

This is the story of what it takes to make it in fighter combat. In the cockpit or crew room, the pressure is relentless, the humour merciless.
It's no place for the faint-hearted.

Whether landing on a pitching aircraft carrier deck at midnight, or
saving heroes under fire in Afghanistan, there is no room for self-doubt; only confidence and do-or-die hard truth. In return, Paul Tremelling and his comrades enjoyed levels of exhilaration unimaginable anywhere else.

Combining visceral action with sharp intelligence, laced with acerbic humour,
Harrier brings to life the hi-octane, unforgiving world of the fighter pilot.

Strap in...

  • Published: 28 April 2022
  • ISBN: 9780241557068
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 368

About the author

Paul Tremelling

Paul Tremelling joined the Royal Navy in 1996 and flew the Sea Harrier on 800, 801 and 899 Naval Air Squadrons. Qualifying as an Air Warfare Instructor, he transitioned to the Harrier GR9 and served on the Naval Strike Wing, a unit where he became Senior Pilot. Selected for exchange duties with the USN, Tremelling flew F/A-18E Super Hornet with VFA-25, The Fist of The Fleet. He fitted in three desk tours, two Battle Staff jobs and operational duties in Afghanistan and off Libya. He was Mentioned in Despatches following an action fought in Afghanistan.

Praise for Harrier: How To Be a Fighter Pilot

This is a searingly honest, keenly observed, well written and extremely funny military memoir and a must read for anyone interested in the tight brother and sisterhood of fast jet jockeys. It's a rare insight into a world hidden from view by operational security and corporate PR and all too often only revealed years too late . . . It's insightful, unapologetic and, at times hilarious

RAF News

This isn't a book for the faint-hearted. It is a book for anyone who appreciates insight into how a fighter pilot trains, trains more, thinks (fast), handles the aircraft and onboard tech . . . then fights

Flyer Magazine

Related titles