LIONEL REID | Pilot, Angolan Veteran, Author

Lionel developed a fascination with military aviation at a young age. Having joined the SAAF in 1983, he participated in the Angolan conflict from 1986 to 1989, flying Bosbok light reconnaissance aircraft and Puma helicopters. This was followed by a career in airline flying. He lives in Johannesburg, and has spent six years researching The MiG Diaries.

EDUARDO GONZÁLEZ SARRÍA | Pilot, Angolan Veteran, Author

Eduardo flew MiG-21s and MiG-23s during three tours of duty in Angola, where he completed 78 combat missions and served as a MiG-23 squadron commander. After 26 years in the Cuban Air Force, he retired as a Lieutenant-Colonel with a Maestro pilot rating. He lives in Havana and has written two books, in Spanish, about his experiences, prior to The MiG Diaries.