A Flying Engineer
Not long after I joined 208 Sqn in Aden as the Engineering Officer, I had the temerity to tell the Hunter Wg Cdr that I could find nothing wrong with the weapons system of the 208 Sqn 2-
Having reversed the previous engineer’s policy of robbing the T7 to keep the single seat FGA 9s supplied with spares, I managed to get some 10 hours flying in the T7 from January to May. In the middle of 1964, 208 Sqn was relocated to Bahrain. By now I had flown with the Sqn Cdr, both Flt Cdrs, and both Qualified Flying Instructors (QFIs) on the Sqn, and after a dual check by one of the Flt Cdrs, I was sent solo on 12 October 1964. After more flying with all the senior pilots on the sqn, I started to give the sqn technicians air experience flights when I got airborne with Sgt Taylor on 3 Feb 1965.
In March 1965, I had my one and only sortie in the Hunter single-
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