Steve Ford

Steve was born in Portsmouth, England and educated at St. John’s College, Southsea.

Trained as a professional aircraft engineer, he holds aircraft engineering licences both sides of the Atlantic having served a full apprenticeship with British Caledonian Airways. He joined BCal in 1978.

Full independent Airline Transport Pilot’s Licences, again from both sides of the Atlantic, coupled with a solid engineering background have provided extensive opportunities to exercise the two disciplines; with British Aerospace and from 1993 to 2016 with Virgin Atlantic Airways.

Steve remains passionate about the aviation industry which led him to write his first book “20 West”. Believing that writing and descriptive prose will allow everyone interested in aviation, history, the technology and the thrill of flight, to become part of a never ending journey.

Living in West Sussex, nestled against the South Downs National Park, Steve continues to fly and is adamant that he continues to learn.......


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