Roger Cruickshank on the perfect flight

Roger Cruickshank is a front-line RAF Typhoon pilot. The Queen’s version of Top Gun‘s ‘best of the best, tip of the spear’. He has intercepted 22 different Russian aircraft, including the Tu-95 Bear, Tu-160 Blackjack, Il-78 Midas, Su-34 Fullback, Mig-31 Foxhound and An-26 Curl. Before this posting he was a RAF flight instructor and Olympic skier. So when he talks about making mistakes and perfect flights, we might all learn something. Turns out, he’s not perfect. But he knows it. And he knows how to keep getting closer. This quote is from the (excellent) aerospace podcast Xtended, episode 65: I’m not anywhere where I … Continue reading Roger Cruickshank on the perfect flight

Jimmy Chin on the perpetual pursuit

Legendary climber Jimmy Chin lives the perpetual pursuit so well that, “I think I’d be really sad if I ever found out what my potential was.” He has climbed (then skied down) Everest, and recorded his historic assent of Meru in the amazing 2015 film Meru. It’s a close and personal look at what risk-management and perseverance look like when lives are on the line in the Himalayas.