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Adventures in Aviation

Wg Cdr Roy Gamblin AFC

A fascinating glimpse into the life and career of a military and civil pilot.

In a career spanning forty years, Wing Commander Roy Gamblin's work as a military pilot in the 1960s took him to fly fighter/ground attack Hunters in the Far East. He went onto operations in both piston and jet ground attack and light transport aircraft for the Sultan of Oman's Air Force during the little-known Dhofar War. The 1970s brought six years as a fast jet instructor in Gnat, Hunter and Hawk aircraft at RAF Valley and two years with the Royal Norwegian Air Force on a Northrop F5 squadron. His service finished in 1984 on the iconic Harrier. His subsequent, very broad experience as a British Aerospace airline training captain, examiner, test pilot and project manager, working with many airlines world-wide, makes Wing Commander Roy Gamblin's tales of his adventures in aviation a fascinating exciting and entertaining read.

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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.