I grew up in Bedford and attended Bedford School, which I left with little idea of what I wanted to do. After a brief flirtation with farming, I got a job at RAE Bedford as a scientific assistant. That introduced me to sea trials in aircraft carriers and brought a few flights in military aircraft. I soon decided to become a pilot and joined the RAF. Thereafter followed the adventures I describe. Civil flying brought me to Llanbedr in Meirionnydd, where I have lived since 1988 with my wife, June, and where I enjoy walking in the hills of Snowdonia.