Halton Highlights, January 1956 to Dec 1958
Joined the band as Trumpeter ( no previous experience). Played at Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday, 1957 and 1958 and Royal Tournament same years
Was Commandants Trumpeter 1957. ( won Band competition)
Not a notable sportsman but played basketball for 3 Wing in BK Trophy.
Had a mate (Dave Dowlman) who was a good runner though.
Managed to graduate Junior Technitian
First Posting RAF Scampton, Lincolnshire.
1959 Sent on Vulcan 1 course at A.V.Roe . Woodford along with Alan (Lofty) Hull also of 82nd..There met up with 5 others of our entry from Finningley and Waddington .
Served with 617 Squadron (Damnbusters). Accompanied 4 Vulcans on flag showing trip Eastwards to Australia and New Zealand, returning Westwards via Hawaii and US
1961 Sent on Mk 2 Vulcan course at Woodford and joined 83 Sqdn
1964 Promoted to Corporal. 3 Month detachment in Goose Bay Canada followed by unaccompanied tour in Labuan, Borneo. Assigned to 110 Sqdn with Whirlwind Mk 10 Helicopters . Volunteered as crewman and spent most of the year at Bario, the forward base with 2nd 6th Ghurka Regiment.
1965 Prom to Sgt, CFS Little Rissington
1966 CSDE Swanton Morley on permanent detachment at MOD Harrogate
1967 Course to transfer to new Trade Aircraft Fitter Electrical.
1970 Promoted to Chief Tech. Loan service to Kenya Air Force, Nairobi. On the job training of Kenyan airmen on servicing BAC 167 Aircraft
1973 RAF Lechonfield, 60 MU Lightning aircraft Major Servicing
1974 Course to convert to Flight Simulators followed by posting to Honnington then Laarbruch on the Buccaneer Flight Simulator
1978 Left RAF on redundancy scheme for trade of AFE. 22 years service but 20 years pensionable
1978 Flight Simulator Engineer with Britannia Airways at Luton.
1989 Engineering Manager then Manager of Monarch Airlines Flight Simulator Dept.
1999 Simulator Dept taken over by Boeing - became Manager of Alteon Training Flight Crew Training Centre at Luton Airport.2005 Feb 28th Retired. Now full time golfer and layabout.