For a start her Grandfather was the Officer whose was in charge of the soldiers who built the Bridge on the River Kwai. Her great Uncle was Sandy Irvine who was lost on Everest with George Mallory in 1924 - and her Grandma was a member of the WI.
NEWS - Jambusters is being made into a 6 part ITV series called HOME FIRES and will be on TV in a few weeks time at 9.00 pm - a prime time slot. The writer of Lewis, and the producer of Foyle are involved so look forward to a good programme (For a change)
She told us of goals when she was in school, and when she started in the ATC women were not allowed to become fighter pilots. Of her difficulties in moving on in her career. - She was certainly able to fly fast jets, but not all the exams were passed first time (apparently later found to be because women's answers to questions were different to men's )
She also told us the time when she and her colleagues rode bicycles in a Hanger to learn the various moves required in a jet. - with excellent results.
She flew missions in Afghanistan having to carry bombs and do in-flight refuelling, and finally of the time when leading a formation of 4 Tornados a missile was launched against her plane. Luckily the navigator's eagle eyes saw it launched and immediately advised her, so she could fire flares, and take avoiding action - seeing the missile hit the flares and explode. Finally two of team bombed the base that the missile had been directed from. A good job well done that day!
Then she was made redundant! - It happens to the best, especially when the Defence Budget is tightened. She retrained as an airline pilot, but realised it wasn't for her and became a Motivational Speaker - and I can tell you, we were all motivated - however I don't think the RAF is looking for several hundred over 65 year old fighter pilots.
A Great day.