SQN. 1 WING
Arrived at Halton aged 15 1/2yrs., 3
days inside the legal minimum age limit although I didn't know that at the time,
and soon figured I would need a "skive to survive".
Tried Fencing and learning to play the cornet in the Military Band, but
was hopeless, eventually settled on Football (Aylesbury and District minor
league), and Tenor Drummer in the Pipe band (Royal Tournaments, Lord Mayors
Shows, Garden Parties & Fetes,etc.) , a real good skive that one. Managed to
pass out J/T in the middle of the pack, having managed to dodge any form of
promotion, and was packed off to R.A.F. Lyneham along with a bunch of the guys.
1959 to 1963. R.A.F. Lyneham.
Sent to work in the
1963 to 1966. Posted to R.A.A.F. Butterworth. 60 Sqn Javelins. This was
more like it, a real sod to get airborne, it was a real challenge but we managed
ok. Promoted Snr. Tech., played state soccer and rugby, (the seasons alternated
out there), had daughter Tracey, who works at an insurance company and she has
1966 to 1967. Disaster, posted back to Lyneham , in the same engine bay
working on the Proteus engine. Put in charge of
Receipt & Dispatch, which meant I had my own electric crane to play
with. I applied for Flight Engineer
training to escape.
1967. Surprise Surprise, selected for Flight Engineer training at R.A.F.
1967 to 1968. Conversion training to C130 Hercules at
1968 to 1970. 47 Squadron R.A.F. Fairford and was let loose on my own as
1970 to 1973. 70 Squadron Akrotiri in
1973 to 1976. 10 Squadron V.C.10ís at R.A.F. Brize Norton. Whilst there
I managed to complete my Civilian Licenses, then applied for PVR discharge which
1976 to 1981. Joined British Airways on V.C.10ís Ö.. Wow what a
difference. I stayed with them until
they were retired from service. I then took 6months paid leave while waiting for
a course. I got a job at a Private Airfield in Hampshire working on vintage and
light aircraft, it was hard but rewarding.
1982 to 1985 Conversion to Lockheed Tristars L1011, flying mainly to the
1985 to 1995. Conversion to B747ís
the best Flight Engineers Aircraft, and flying Worldwide. During this
period I got married to