Winston Churchill was an avid air enthusiast who took flying lessons before and after the First World War. As prime minister during the Second World War, he flew thousands of miles to attend conferences and inspect the frontlines in Africa, Italy, and North-West Europe. Occasionally on these trips Churchill was permitted to take the controls of the aircraft from the pilot for a short period. A recent article in the Daily Mail has photographs taken of Churchill at the controls of a Dakota aircraft in 1944. The article is available here.