British NCO served with RAF in GB, Germany and US, 1961-1975. Civilian engineer and arms salesman in GB, 1975-2001
REEL 1 Background in Rochford, 1945-1960: family; education. Recollections of period with RAF, 1961-1975: enlistment, 1960; training at RAF St Athan and RAF Coltishall; working on nuclear bombers at RAF Wittering; experiences in Berlin, 1965 including reporting to Brixmis; occasion when he was pulled over by East German border police; working on US bombs in Germany, 1966; transfer to aircrew as loadmaster; carrying nuclear devices from GB to Nellis Airfield in US, late 1960s; leaving RAF 1975. Recollections of period as civilian engineer for Hunting Engineering Company, 1975-1980: obtaining work with company working on Chevaline project; his own role with Chevaline project; use of Matatoic monitoring of Polaris tests; interference to Polaris tests by Russian spy trawler; amusing story of submarine captain attracting attentions of US traffic policeman.
REEL 2 Continues: definition of hypergolic liquids and safety precautions in handling them; effects of Hurricane David, 1977; application to term Chevaline to the project. Recollections of period as arms salesman, 1980-2001: role selling cluster bombs for Hunting Engineering Coy; competition faced on deal in Ecuador; obtaining job with US Garret Corporation; visit to Kuwait after Gulf War, 1991; role selling technology for Aldermaston; possible uses of boron carbide and calixerenes; contrast to working for Aldermaston and more commercial companies; story of French company which attempted to head hunt him; work he did on Arianne programme.