Kim has led a life in and around aviation. From a youth who wondered where he was bound in life, he joined the Fleet Air Arm in 1965 and the rest, as they say, is history.


Kim flew Sea Vixen fighters in the Royal Navy, serving for two operational tours on HMS Eagle to the Far East. Having been brought up in Malaysia (even being in attendance at the Independence Ceremony for Malaya) this was like returning home.


After an 8 year Short Service Commission, Kim joined BOAC as a First Officer on the VC10. Whilst this was a good introduction to the world of civilian flying, it rapidly became apparent that the aircraft was noisy and thirsty and would be withdrawn form service. As a result, Kim joined Cathay Pacific Airways in 1977 and he and his new wife Susie lived in in Hong Kong for 21 years.


Joining as a First Officer on the B707, Kim worked his way up the system and became a 747 Captain - in which capacity he retired from flying in 1998 after 35 years. His last flight was in command of the last commercial flight out of the old Kai Tak Airport in Hong Kong, which closed immediately after he was airborne.


Kim then co-founded a Business Networking Company, which specialises in building business relationships between Members and their extended circle of contacts and more recently has embarked on a new career as a lecturer, both on cruise ships and shore-based. He is a Member of the Royal Aeronautical Society.


In his personal life, Kim has not been without his challenges. His second son, Andrew, has Down’s syndrome. When Andrew was born in Hong Kong, there were no facilities for children such as his and, after a great deal of hard work, Kim was able to establish a school for developmentally delayed children - which is still going strong after nearly 30 years.


  • SAILORS IN THE TRENCHES - The Story that should be told of the largely unknown Royal Naval Division in WW1

  • CAPTAIN BLIGH - "Beloved, Respected, Lamented", but a victim of 18th Century Spin.

  • THE JUMBO THAT NEARLY ATE SEATTLE! Building the 747. It is said that if Boeing sneezes, Seattle catches a cold. They didn't, but it was a close run thing!


Captain Kim Sharman