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“In The National Interest”

The speaker is none other than Graham Andrews, a former Military Jet Pilot and Test Pilot, whose talk looks like being a ‘Boys Own’ adventure of operational and test flying with none other than the ETPS and RAE amongst others. Graham will talk about his life and his flying career, titled ‘In the National Interest’, and his own CV reads as follows:

Graham Andrews was born in May 1937 and grew up during the war with memories of Spitfires from Castle Bromwich and after a CCF flying scholarship, flying Tiger Moths, he went to RAF College Cranwell from 1955-58 and trained on the Piston Provost and Vampire. Then on to PR Canberras of 31 Squadron at RAF Laarbruch in Germany between 1959–61 before returning to RAF Cranwell as a QFI on Chipmunks and Jet Provost from 1962–64.

Then he was posted to The Empire Test Pilots School (ETPS) in 1965. Graham had the time of his life from 1966-68 with A SQN AAEE at Boscombe Down as a TSR Project pilot! Next it was on to Fighlt Test Operations at RAE Farnborough in 1969 before joining Rolls Royce from1969-81, becoming the Chief Test Pilot (CTP) from 1976–81, flying any aircraft powered by Rolls Royce engines.

Freelance flying commenced from 1982–84 as BMAA Chairman Airworthiness, Section S, and then with Short Brothers from 1985-91 on the Tucano Project, becoming CTP in 1990.

He was CAA Flight Operations Examiner, Bristol and South-West, from 1991-2003, during which time he also flew as CTP on the American military version of the venerable Short SH-330 aircraft, the C23B+ Sherpa programme in West Virginia, USA, between 1995-1998. Finally ending up with Jersey European Airways (JEA), now FlyBe, from 1999–2011.

In his astonishing and varied career, Graham has flown 177 aircraft as P1, and logged in excess of 13,000 Hrs.

The AEROCLUB talk starts at 19.30. Please contact Jay on 01208 821419 if you would like to book a pre talk meal (18.00 onwards), from Diner 31.

Pete White, AEROCLUB, 01752 406660 or 07805 805679 or pete@aeronca.co.uk

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