Red Knight: RCAF Demonstration T-33 hardcover
The Red Knight is the product of 25 years of meticulous research. It is the most comprehensive account ever written about the Royal Canadian Air Force’s legendary solo jet-aerobatics performer. An important part of Canadian aviation history, the Red Knight is second only to the Snowbirds in longevity and total number of performances. The Red Knight chronicles the history of the program, from its conception in 1957 to its cancellation in 1970. Everyone who has enjoyed watching the precision, grace and beauty of aerobatic flight will enjoy this insight into the “behind the scenes” aspect of aerial displays. A fine addition to any aviation reference library, The Red Knight will be of particular interest to anyone who remembers the program or saw a performance of this uniquely Canadian display. The Red Knight is illustrated with rare photographs never published before. The book is further enhanced by specially commissioned works of art from noted Canadian Aviation Artist, Don Connolly. Details of the various Red Knight paint schemes are provided through aircraft profiles, also specifically created for this publication. Together, this unique pictorial collection vividly portrays the legacy of the Red Knight.
Published Fall 2017, 252 pages, 40+ black & white photographs, 12 drawings, 6 profiles, hardcover, 8 7/8" x 11 3/ 8" x 7/8"
Kirkus Reviews says "Corrigan devoted a quarter-century to researching and writing this history, which charts with painstaking meticulousness the full 12 years of the program’s operation... Despite its brevity, this is a mesmerizingly detailed history... his diligence will reward the truly interested reader, and his diagrams and illustrations are helpful, descriptive tools... It’s hard to imagine a more comprehensive look at the Red Knight program."
Airforce magazine says: “Truly a “labour of love”, [Corrigan’s] new book, simply titled “The Red Knight”, is the culmination of 25 years of meticulous research and, to anyone reading this book, this comprehensive effort will be immediately apparent… The book documents the development, chronology, and continuing struggles of the solo demonstration team through the years and is laced with personal anecdotes from the pilots, support team members, and spectators along with historical reviews of the team’s performances… This book fills a very important historical void and is both a fitting tribute to not only the pilots who flew the Red Knight, but also to the many other personnel who worked behind the scenes to support the program.” ~ T.F.J. “Terry” Leversedge, Editor