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1997
Captain Rob Johnson achieved his lifetime dream and became a commercial airline pilot. Since then he has travelled to all four corners of the world meeting extraordinary people and experiencing different cultures and traditions.

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2011
When his children were young, Captain Rob Johnson started to make up bedtime stories with them about his travels. The stories evolved to be not only entertaining but educational and inspirational, an ethos that the work of Plane Characters Production’s embraces today.

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2015
Captain Rob Johnson teamed up with entrepreneur Mike Midgen to form Plane Characters Limited, a company specifically set up to publish the Pilot Ollie and Pilot Polly adventure stories.

Over the next couple of years Plane Characters created, illustrated and marketed eight paperback ‘Amazing Adventures of Pilot Ollie and Pilot Polly’ books whilst engaging with schools and children’s charities to inspire young explorers. They also produced bespoke children’s activities for major airlines an international airports.

Book sales at the end of 2019 were approaching 100,000 units.

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2019
After extensive testing by educational professionals and families with children the Pilot Ollie and Pilot Polly storybooks we’re chosen to feature in Dr Amanda Gummers Good Toy Guide, an honour only achieved by the highest quality products.

 

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2020
It was always an ambition of Rob and Mike to animate the story books. Animation is a very different business to publishing and this led to the formation of Plane Characters Productions Limited.

After a successful round of fundraising, Plane Characters Productions started to work with professional animators, script writers and licensing experts on the production of the animated series Lets Go See along with its associated children’s app and website.

Two episodes will be released in 2020 with plans to produce twelve or more addition episodes a year for the next few years. The success of the animations will open doors for more storybooks and associated merchandising opportunities.