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Caz Caswell

A Life in Aviation and Photography

I have had a lifelong interest in aviation, which all started in 1955-1958 when I went to school at Luqa in Malta; my father was stationed at Corradino with the British Army. When at school I would watch the aircraft of the era landing and departing through my classroom window, which got me in a lot of hot water with my teachers. It was eventually heightened by the increased movements of the Suez crisis. Sorry; no camera in these days

Although I began taking Aviation Photographs in the mid-1960' was not until 1972, when I joined Laker Airways as a buyer and purchased a Pentax S1a camera, that I started my now extremely large aviation slide collection. My lunch time spot was usually on the grass by the taxi-way outside Lakers hangar at London-Gatwick Airport.

Just before the demise of Laker Airways in 1977 I emigrated to Canada, where I worked for Wardair Canada 11 years later, following the takeover of Wardair International I worked with commuter operator's Ontario Express and Air Toronto. Prior to returning home to England in January 2001, I was offered work at Field Aviation East . At Field East I was heavily involved in procurement for converting, and updating many de Havilland Dash 8 aircraft, notably the 5 Dash 8-200's for National Jet, these were converted to 'Maritime Patrol Aircraft' and re-designated DHC-8MPA for the Australian 'Coastwatch' program.

On my return to the UK, I remained in aviation, but out of buying aircraft parts [I am now selling them], I work as a sales executive for Avtrade in the small village of Albourne in West Sussex. For the first couple of years following my return, I did little, or no Aviation Photography. However in early 2004 I was able to once again start doing what I love best (other than my wife Lorrie); photographing aircraft.

The world of 35mm film is now behind me and all photographs are now taken using my Digital SLR. I do still maintain my slide collection, with many being scanned and published, on the web and/or commercially.

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