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African Aviation Series No. 6
CHOPPER PILOT – The adventures and experiences of Monster Wilkins
Monster Wilkins
ISBN 0958388075


At the time of publication in 2000, the author, Monster Wilkins had the most flying hours on Alouette IIIs, his favourite helicopter to pilot. He writes in his - from the cockpit style - and gives in-depth detail of his exploits as a helicopter pilot, from South Africa, to Angola, to Rhodesia and back to South Africa to being OC of the Ciskei Air Wing and OC of AFB Durban. During his stint in the United States of America as Air Attache he was a regular speaker at functions. It is A4, with 152 pages and 12 colour pages. This book was sold out within 6 months of publication and was reprinted.


This entertaining collection of flying anecdotes begins a CFS Dunnottar in 1964, with the author recalling his high-jinks with his later to be famous pal, Scully Levine.

The stories of incidents, adventures, and mishaps – some sad, most funny – continue in chronological order through some of South Africa’s more recent turbulent times right up to the fire-fighting duties on the Cape in January 2000.

There are chapters on squadron ops, mountain flying, various bush-war sorties, and maritime work, as well as specific chapters on the Puma, Super Frelon and the various Eurocopter machines of Ciskei.

The book has a lavish number of photos, ranging from black and white family album snaps to some excellent and rare images.

Although most of the tales are of helicopter adventures this is not a book just for chopper enthusiasts. Anyone who flies in SA, or has an interest in the SAAF, will enjoy this engaging and enjoyable work.