The Final Flight

The Final Flight


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The Final Flight
Author: James Blatch


Project Guiding Light is NATOs biggest secret. A system to take long-range bombers deep into the Soviet Union, undetected. Low, fast and invisible to the Soviet war machine, NATO’s new weapon will change the course of the Cold War.

There’s just one problem. And veteran engineer Chris Milford has found it.

Shocked by how many friendly lives the system will cost, he finds himself up against a commander who uses secrecy and blind loyalty as weapons.

Milford’s last hope is the youngest test pilot on the project, Rob May. A skilled aviator and a good friend, but May’s need for acceptance by those senior to him, suddenly makes their friendship dangerous.

Until the crash that changes everything.

James Blatch’s page-turning thriller is set in the 1960s world of secret military projects and an establishment that wants victory over communism at almost any price.

‘A beautifully structured story, full of intriguing characters and a pulsating finale’Rt Hon. Sir John Major KG CH (former UK Prime Minister)

‘The best military book I’ve read since Andy McNab’s Bravo Two Zero’Mark Llewhellin (author).


Author: James Blatch is a former BBC Defence Reporter and a former BBFC Film Examiner. He reported for the BBC on the UK military from, among other places, HMS Invincible (Operation Desert Fox build up), Kuwait (Ali Al Salem allied air base), the Arctic Circle as well as covering the UK air offensive during the Kosovo Conflict in 1999.

During his time as a defence reporter he became the first civilian to twice fly in a BAe Harrier with 1 (Fighter) Squadron. He also enjoyed a trip in a Sepecat Jaguar with 41 Squadron to mark the thirtieth anniversary of the types introduction to RAF service.

Blatchs father, John R Blatch AFC, was an RAF fighter pilot from 1951-1959 and then an RAF test pilot after graduation from the Empire Test Pilots School from 1960-1967. Blatch senior carried out trial work on most RAF types in service at the time including the Vulcan, Valiant, Victor, Lightning, Hunter, Canberra and Meteor. During his squadron days John Blatch served on the following units: 213(F) (Vampire), 6 (Venom), 72 (Meteor Night Fighters) and 64 (Javelin).

Blatchs mother, Emily Triggs, was a WRAF air traffic control assistant at RAF Boscombe Down when she met Blatchs father. Later in life she served as Minister of State at the Department for Education and the Home Office as the Rt Hon Baroness Blatch of Hinchingbrooke, PC CBE. She died of pancreatic cancer in 2005.

Blatch is a director of the Self Publishing Formula Limited, an online course provider for independent authors. He co-hosts the weekly Self Publishing Show podcast. 

  • ISBN: 9781527290754
  • Format: Paperback
  • Product Pages: 484
  • Dimensions: 228 x 152 x 30 mm