Message from the family:

Leif Lyngby passed away 7. july 2014 at the age of 85. His stories on this website from his life as a pilot will live on!

Stories from my life as a pilot through 30 years

I started my pilot training in the Royal Norwegian Air Force in 1949, finished mars 1951. After finishing I was posted to 331 sqn for training on Spitfire MK IX. Then followed service at four more squadrons with different aircraft type of duties. I have written down some events from my memory, some of them I have translated to English.

Aircrafttypes from my logbook

New story 2007-09-23
Double engine failure - using C-119 as a glider

On a flight from Gardermoen, Norway to Burtonwood close to Manchester, we lost both engines on top of clouds.

New story 2007-09-22
On a formation training flight with Vampire from Vaernes AFB we experienced the for pilots well known problem vertigo.

Supermarine Spitfire MK IX FN-F
Bailout from Spitfire
This happened on August 9th 1951, as the 331 Squadron at Vaernes in Norway was approaching the end of its proud era as a Spitfire squadron. I had been posted, together with some of my classmates, directly from the flight academy to 331 from May 20th the same year.

C-47 Dakota BW-M / 335 Squadron
Engine trouble on return flight from London
Early in the morning on December 4th, 1957, C-47 BW-M took off for Northolt outside London. Christian Beck was captain, on his first trip first trip abroad in this capacity. I had experience on international flights, and was flying as 2nd pilot. It was customary to place experienced 2P's with new captains on their first trips.