British civilian student apprentice with English Electric Aircraft Company and British Aircraft Corporation in GB, 1959-1964; engineer and manager with British Aircraft Corporation, British Aerospace and BAe in GB, 1964-1992
REEL 1 Background in Leeds and Preston, GB, 1940-1959: family; education; attempt to enlist in RAF as pilot; early interest in aviation; flying with Air Experience Flight, RAF with Air Training Corps. Aspects of period as student apprentice with English Electric and British Aircraft Corporation in GB, 1959-1964: obtaining place as student apprentice; character of apprenticeship; description of the workshop known as the 'madhouse'; structure of English Electric Lightning; type of work carried out in the 'madhouse'; work on forward fuselage of English Electric Lightning; frequency of inspections and manufacture of aircraft skin; explanation of term 'stringer'; vertical milling of wings on English Electric Lightning; character of English Electric Lightning wings and their assembling; work in the flight test instrumentation department.
REEL 2 Continues: work in flight test department; opinion of apprenticeship; aircraft handling work in Aerodynamics Office; flying in Auster Eaglet aircraft at Cranfield; attending aircraft design diploma course at Cranfield; need to compromise with aircraft design; character of BAC TSR 2 flight simulator. Recollections of period as engineer and manager with British Aircraft Corporation, British Aerospace and BAe in GB, 1964-1992: joining fuel system development team to work on BAC TSR 2; use of tilting rig to test BAC TSR 2's fuel system; character of BAC TSR 2 fuel system; limitations of the test rig; character of BAC TSR 2; opinion of BAC TSR 2; evaluation of military aircraft.
REEL 3 Continues: problems with BAC TSR 2 undercarriage during flight tests; electrical work on tilting rig testing BAC TSR 2; checking fuel system on BAC TSR 2 production line at Weybridge; attitude to cancellation of BAC TSR 2 project; maintaining BAC TSR 2 test rig; deployment as wind tunnel engineer at Warton; character of wind tunnels; work on vertical take off configuration models in wind tunnel; research on ejector pumps; work in wind tunnels; work on experimental 'jumping jeep' project; character of air conditioning system on SEPECAT Jaguar.
REEL 4 Continues: sealing of pressurised cockpit area in SEPECAT Jaguar; problems with location of air conditioning heat exchanger intakes on SEPECAT Jaguar; re- design of heat exchangers, intakes and ducts on SEPECAT Jaguar; explanation of flat plate boundary theory; work as aircraft air conditioning engineer; problems cooling military jet aircraft; experimental air conditioning systems work; work with Advanced Projects Department and in-service group; reasons for backend fires on English Electric Lightenings; problems maintaining English Electric Lightning; changes in managing of aircraft projects.
REEL 5 Continues: taking over Fuels Systems Group; work on fuel systems for Multi-Role Combat Aircraft, later Panavia Tornado; need for RAF Panavia Tornados to have air defence fighter capabilities; problems using US military specifications on fuel system of Panavia Tornado; re-design of Panavia Tornado fuel system; flight test schedules for fuel system; work on aircraft battlefield survivability; effects of computer technology on aircraft design; project definition work on Eurofighter; project work on experimental P110 demonstrator aircraft; international contributions to Eurofighter project; work as assistant to Technical Director; work heading Central Technical Services Department.
REEL 6 Continues: changes during development and formation of BAe; work for BAe new business team; development of simulated aircraft combat range in North Sea; work with Systems Division; project managing work on security system for RAF bases; taking redundancy; attitude to working for Systems Division.