A Passion for Flying: 8,000 hours of RAF Flying

A Passion for Flying: 8,000 hours of RAF Flying

Tom Eeles

workforce Captain Tom Eeles served within the RAF for forty four years and totaled over 8000 hours of flying in twenty-eight various airplane varieties. Tom entered RAF collage Cranwell in 1961 and won his RAF wings in 1963. His first posting was once to No sixteen squadron flying the Canberra. Its function as a mild bomber squadron used to be basically nuclear strike, with a secondary position of traditional floor assault by way of day and evening. sixteen Squadron used to be deployed to Kuantan, Malaya. In July 1966 and on mortgage to the Senior provider, Tom pronounced to RNAS Lossiemouth for a swept wing conversion direction at the Hunter earlier than beginning the Buccaneer Operational Flying direction. After sixty five hours within the Buccaneer he used to be published to 801 NAS, HMS triumphant.

In 1969 he joined 736 Naval Air Squadron which used to be answerable for education classes for RAF aircrew changing to the Buccaneer. He moved to twelve Squadron established at RAF Honington. Their activity was once to supply a maritime strike/attack strength and a nuclear strike power in help of the united kingdom nationwide Plan. 1975 observed a circulation to seventy nine Squadron flying the Hunter. After a spell on the RAF employees collage, Tom turned employees officer chargeable for all features of quickly jet complex flying education at the Hawk at Valley and multi engine complicated flying education at Finningley. In 1983, chosen to command 237 OCU, back flying the Buccaneer at Lossiemouth.

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