Richard's first flight was in a Dragon Rapide, from Squires Gate and from that moment he was hooked. He was awarded an ATC Flying Scholarship and gained his PPL at Carlisle Airport before going to London University to study chemistry. He joined the UAS (and the RAF) and flew Chipmunks, Jet Provost, Varsity and the Vulcan until it was withdrawn from service He then taught on the Bulldog at RAF Leuchars before crossing over to rotary wing in 1986 flying the Gazelle, Wessex and Squirrel and becoming a QHI on all three types. He served at the Central Flying School (Helicopter) for 11 years where he also learnt to glide at the Central Gliding School before retiring from the RAF.
Regional Safety Officer Wales and the West
Richard currently flies a Bulldog based at Sleap.