I have been interested in aviation and flying since childhood. Built first model kit when about 8 years old. Flew big diesel models at 14 and then Nationally thereafter in Team racing and Combat. Joined RAF Feb 6th 1952 and served for 1 further 4 1/2 years before being transferred into Royal Observer Corps as part of defence against the Nuclear Threat. Serve 28 years in R.O.C.
Worked at Rolls-Royce as a design draughtsman firstly in Experimental Dept, then on to being a Production Designer. Due to motor cycle accident (Innocent party) I became Project manager on new designs including the first carbon fibre fan blades on the then new RB211. Worked in Northern Ireland and Bristol before the 1971 crash. Left R-R in 1974 moving to the Hunting Group involved in global projects including Africa and all the Middle East. As I had the right experience, I was then involved in anti ballistic properties of all materials. Moved into the Security industry in Project and Company management till I retired at 70.
Joined R-R Flying Club in 1970 and have been flying ever since. Bought into a group owned a Jodel D.120A in 1972 during which time I was an originator of the East Midland Strut, now over 40 years old and am still the strut rep and chair. Bought a basket case Taylorcraft, the oldest on the register, and have rebuilt her and flew her to Sywell 3 years ago.
Have served in the old PFA days as both Association Secretary and Company secretary, before being elevated to Vice President.
Currently I am a Board member, and Chair of the Educational Trust Heritage committee.
On the Heritage committee, I am ably assisted by a small team who try and collect everything that is part of out history since 1946.
At present we do not have the capability of exhibiting historic PFA aircraft.
As part of the Education Trust sub committee, I feel that the current team are performing an excellent job and support them for any future developments.