Leslie Dawson was born in Southgate London.An active member of No 85 (Southgate ) Squadron Air Training Corps, he first flew from Hendon, now home to the RAF Museum, A move to Dorset precluded over thirty years as a private pilot, glider, and motor gliding instructor, with chief flying instructor status. He was also commissioned with the RAFVT(T). The success of his book “Wings Over Dorset”, 1 100 year aviation history of the county, secured a series of television and radio interviews, begun with the BBC. A vice-president of Poole Flying Boats Celebration, his enthusiasm attracts packed audiences.