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Pilot recreates flight path in The Shepherd using computer simulator

Paul Chepikian of Los Angeles recorded the take-off the pilot takes in Frederick Forsyth's The Shepherd as he retraced the route on his flight simulator.
Paul Chepikian flies part of the journey the pilot takes in Frederick Forsyth's "The Shepherd." 2:46

This article was first published in December 2016.

Every year, As It Happens airs a reading by late host Al Maitland of Frederick Forsyth's short story The Shepherd. 

The story takes place in 1957. An RAF pilot is heading home from Germany for Christmas. Fog sets in, and all radio communication is lost.

We had a computer simulated version of the flight path from Germany to the United Kingdom created for our annual broadcast.

Los Angeles-based pilot Paul Chepikian recorded the take-off in the classic story and retraced the route on his X-Plane flight simulator.