Bio: Colin Hilton first became aware of aeroplanes from the Airfix models hanging from the bedroom ceiling, like mobiles suspended above the cradle. He consolidated this interest by looking up at the skies and listening to communications from over Strumble Head, where 707s and DC-8s departed these shores for North America. He also bought books of registrations published by Ian Allan, visiting Speke and Ringway to underline the aeroplanes dropping in ~ thanks to Brian Robinson. These included piston-engined Dakota DC-3s belonging to Dan Air, as well as Viscounts from British Eagle, some of whose pilots he joined on the flight deck thirty years later. Among his earliest flights was one around Lands End in a de Havilland Dragon Rapide, at a cost of fifty pence. He learned to fly (though little else) at university and eventually eschewed the office to punch buttons on autopilots instead. His next book describes his attempts to build and operate a flying car, in time for the Wright Brothers’ centenary.
Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome on board from the captain. My name is Colin Hilton and I shall be doing the flying this morning. Our route takes us from the airport to the wider world of aviation, with perhaps a glimpse of a personality or two enroute. Judgment will occasionally be clouded and I anticipate a little turbulence in relationships, besides odd flashes of inspiration. Do not let such rumblings spoil your enjoyment of the service. The crew today will be on hand to assist your journey. Th... more info>>
Few people set out to design a flying car and fewer survive the process. Colin Hilton is one of them. Over the course of four years--at the cost of one separation, one career and bankruptcy--he shows the world it cannot be done. What he salvages is a blueprint for another form of transport altogether: a flat-pack flying machine made of foam. "It will take us" he says, "toward the flying car." Dream on. In a unique 'developer's diary' he describes how you can build a surface-skimmer of your own a... more info>>