New History Channel series historian Lowestoft Sky TV

01:04 PM March 22, 2022

An author and aviation historian has landed another major television role.

Ian McLachlan is resident historian for a new series of programs currently airing on Sky’s History Channel.

Mr McLachlan, from Oulton Broad in Lowestoft, has again teamed up with Norfolk-based Coleman Television Ltd, which produced the ‘thrilling’ new TV series.

Titled ‘The Greatest Airplane in History’, it features stories behind the development of some very famous aircraft – many of which have a strong association with East Anglian.

Mr McLachlan said: “US Liberator and Flying Fortress bombers escorted by Thunderbolt and Mustang fighters undertook dangerous daylight missions from over 100 nearby bases.

“British superlatives Mosquito and Lancaster came out of this region, part of the RAF’s contribution to victory.

“Unwelcome visitors from East Anglia were their opponents with Messerschmitt and Heinkel designs featured in ‘the greatest aircraft in history’ as technologies and comparative performance are discussed.”

With memories of the men and women who flew the iconic Spitfire, Mr. McLachlan drew heavily on human interest aspects to support the program.

To help promote the new series, he also agreed to take part in a full-day conference at Wenhaston’s village hall on April 1.

Topics include tales of adventures in local aviation archeology – including how two Thunderbolt fighters from a Halesworth-based air-sea rescue unit ended up at Fritton Lake and the recovery of the Norfolk Marsh from a Liberator loaded with bombs.

Mr McLachlan will also outline details of the planned recovery of a wartime P-51 Mustang fighter still buried in the Norfolk Broads and found using the latest Geofizz technology.

For the special talk in Wenhaston, Mr McLachlan will also enlighten and entertain those in attendance as he dives back 100 years to watch “Flappers n’ Flyers” in the 1920s when men and women defied the sky in fragile flying machines.

Mr McLachlan added: “The conference will also look at many other pioneering women, all of whom sought to be the first on the Atlantic or the Andes, striving to prove that they were the equal of any man – and they did.”