Andersson, son of a Swedish model and a British pilot, was
born in Uppsala, Sweden, on a stormy October night. Due to his father’s
profession he grew up in various European locations: Budapest (Hungary),
the Isle of Ibiza (Spain) and Bristol (England).
His passion for flying was formed during his childhood (his first spoken word was „flygplan“ – the Swedish word for airplane). Already as a small boy, James accompanied his dad on business trips. His grandfather, a passionate stunt pilot himself, took him as an adolescent on several flights. However, when his granddad started to teach him stunt aviation, James‘ father forbade him flying.
At the age of 20, James passed his pilot’s license on his own initiative and two years later his granddad gave him a Giles G-300, which back then as an uncertificated prototype (without an engine) hadn’t been in the air for a single hour. With a lot of patience and his grandfather’s helping hand James worked on a Lycoming 6 cylinder Boxer engine and modified it to fit into the Giles. After a year of development work the plane took off for the first time and since then has been James‘ constant companion on stunt aviation and air shows.
Inspired by a friend he decided to start his career as a pilot for the British military but left the Royal Air Force after a year and a half due to lack of sorties.
When he met his German girlfriend, Evelyn, in 1997, he moved to Berlin/Germany where he worked for a sightseeing company as a pilot for tourist flights. However, James never lost his connection to stunt aviation, on the contrary, he regularly flew his plane at weekends or on special flight days.
After 5 years of their relationship, James split up with his girlfriend under unfortunate circumstances. James now tried to find fulfillment in yoga and meditation. He decided on a stay of six months in a monastery in a little village in the Himalayas called Meeru. During this time James met not only the founder of the fashion label killathrill.com but also the ideal friend and sponsor for his deepest dream:
Finally back to air acrobatics!