Staff Writer, Author, Pilot and Navigator

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Dave joined the Royal Air Force as a Navigator in 1973, already holding a private pilot’s licence from the age of 17.

After training, he flew the F4 Phantom on squadrons in the UK and West Germany. He was one of the first aircrew to fly the F2 and F3 Air Defence Variant of the Tornado on its acceptance into service and served for many years as an instructor on the Operational Conversion Units of both the Phantom and the Tornado. He commanded the Tornado Fighter Flight in the Falkland Islands and has worked extensively with the Armed Forces of most NATO nations.

As a staff officer he served in the UK Ministry of Defence writing operational requirements for airborne electronic warfare systems and as the avionics airworthiness authority for the Tornado F3. Later in his career he spent 10 years with the UK Air Warfare Centre responsible for operational test and evaluation of electronic warfare systems and latterly leading the introduction of information operations support to the 3 services. He also served with the US Air Force on exchange duties at the Joint Command and Control Warfare Center in San Antonio, Texas and as the UK Air Warfare Centre Liaison Officer at The USAF Warfare Center at Nellis AFB. Las Vegas.

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He was deployed to the NATO Combined Air Operations Centre at Vicenza during the Kosovo operations serving as the Senior Operations Officer controlling the air tasking order for operations over the former Yugoslavia. Fast jets gave way to more sedate aeroplanes and he still holds a private pilot licence flying the Cherokee Warrior.

He turned his hand to writing after retiring and his first two books were published in 2012 and 2013. His first book was the critically acclaimed “The Phantom in Focus: A Navigator’s Eye on Britain’s Cold War Warrior.” His 2nd book “Fighters Over The Falklands – Defending the Islanders Way of Life” was also published by Fonthill Media. His third book “Tornado F3 In Focus – A Navigator’s Eye on Britain’s Last Interceptor” will be released in late 2014. He has now turned his hand to writing aviation fiction centring on Cold War operations.

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