British civilian student apprentice with English Electric in GB, 1959-1963; design engineer and manager with British Aircraft Corporation and British Aerospace in GB, 1963-1985
REEL 1 Background in Preston, Dewsbury and Blackburn, GB, 1941-1959: family; education; early interest in aviation. Aspects of period as student apprentice with English Electric and British Aircraft Corporation in GB, 1959-1963: obtaining student apprentice place; pattern of apprenticeship; contrast in running of Strand Road factory and Warton; work on English Electric Lightning in Stress Office at Warton; apprentice design work in drawing office; designing part of fin on Concorde; work of mechanical test area; nature of aircraft fatigue; improvements in predicting aircraft fatigue; fatigue problem with Blackburn Buccaneer; design work on SEPECAT Jaguar.
REEL 2 Continues: Recollections of period as design engineer and manager with British Aircraft Corporation and British Aerospace in GB, 1963-1985: character of SEPECAT Jaguar; work carried out on SEPECAT Jaguar by British Aircraft Corporation; problems with Rolls Royce engines; work on projects leading up to Multi-Role Combat Aircraft; design work on wing pivot for Multi-Role Combat Aircraft and failure of test wing; principle of swept wing; reasons for manufacturing Panavia Tornado as swept winged aircraft; lack of problems with pivot on Panavia Tornado; design work on engine bays and doors on Panavia Tornado; design work on weapons pylons on Panavia Tornado; fitting weapons.
REEL 3 Continues: role of ADV version of Panavia Tornado; design work on fuselage to carry missiles for ADV version of Panavia Tornado; work design for missile launcher specification for ADV Panavia Tornado; design cycle on aircraft; nature of value engineering work; work with Estimating Department.