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FINDING YOUR WAY BACK HOME IN A SLEEK JET FIGHTER ON A FOGGY CHRISTMAS EVE IN 1957

The Shepherd - Frederick Forsyth

This is an intensely dramatic and wonderfully told short story about a young Royal Air Force (RAF) fighter pilot's struggle to make it home to the UK from West Germany in his DeHavilland Vampire jet fighter on the night of Christmas Eve 1957. Frederick Forsyth - one of my favorite writers - was himself at 20 the youngest fighter pilot in the RAF little more than 60 years ago - and his evocation of the sensation and perils of flight in a sleek and swift, single-engine jet fighter, puts the reader both in the pilot's head as well as the cockpit.

Why "THE SHEPHERD" has not been adapted for the TV screen (to the best of my knowledge) escapes me.