Lloyd Duncan Knight was born in Sydney, Australia in 1932. He left high school at a pre-matriculation level and joined the Royal Australian Air Force in 1951. His flying career spanned an unbroken period to his retirement in 2003. It comprised three approximately equal phases, as an air force pilot, commercial pilot and examiner of airmen. Apart from a home study course in Instrument Flying, published in 1980, this is his first literary endeavor.