Captain John Laming AFC (1932- )
Captain John Laming AFC, photographed in an Air Nauru Boeing 737 in 1988.
John Laming collection)
He worked for Sydney Morning Herald Flying Services at Camden from 1948 to 1951 as a "general dogsbody". One of his tasks involved throwing out newspapers from Lockheed Hudsons and a Douglas DC-3 on newspaper delivery flights to outback New South Wales.
In 1951 John Laming joined the RAAF as a pilot where he flew a wide variety of types including Mustang, Vampire, Lincoln, Convair, Viscount, Dakota, and HS748. He even once flew a borrowed RAN Sea Fury! Spending spells as a flying instructor at Uranquinty, NSW, and Townsville, Qld., John accumulated lots of hours on Wirraways, Winjeels and Tiger Moths. His wide experience also led to a tour as an aircraft accident investigator with the RAAF's Directorate of Flying Safety.
In 1962, then Flight Lieutenant Laming was awarded the Air Force Cross for his services as a Captain, Qualified Flying Instructor and Instrument Rating Examiner with 10(MR) Squadron flying mostly Lincoln Mk 31 maritime patrol aircraft.
18 years in the RAAF John Laming left in 1969 and joined DCA
Head Office in Melbourne as an Airways Surveyor. Shortly after that he moved to
the Flying Unit at Melbourne/Essendon
flying DC-3s and F.27s
on airways calibration duties.
Read more about Air Nauru in John Laming's story, A Merry Tale of Air Nauru
Left: John Laming, photographed at the Airways Museum in September 2005
(Photo: Phil Vabre/CAHS Collection)