Supersonic Fighter Development
Roy Braybrook graduated from Manchester University ( England ) in 1954 and, having ambitions to design fighters, went to Hawker Aircraft as a post - graduate apprentice on a two - year course.
After an interruption due to National Service - during which he spent most of his time on loan to the Royal Aircraft Establishment ( R.A.E. ) at Farnborough ( Hampshire, England ) - Roy Braybrook returned to Kingston upon Thames ( London, England ) to become a senior project engineer in the H.A.L. Project Office working under Sir Sydney Camm ( 1893 - 1956 ) on the preliminary design of V / STOL combat aircraft, fighters and military trainers.
In 1968 he became head of sales support activities at Kingston, representing the design department in world - wide marketing efforts with the Harrier and, later, the Hawk. Then, when Hawkers became part of British Aerospace ( now BAE Systems plc ) under nationalisation, he was appointed technical marketing adviser to Kingston - Brough Division.
Roy Braybrook resigned in 1980 to become a freelance aviation writer and consultant, specialising in combat aircraft, V / STOL and trainers. He represents a number of overseas aviation and defence magazines in Great Britain and used to write one or two books each year.
Here are some of his publications : Battle for the Falklands : Air Forces ( with Michael Roffe, Men - at - Arms, 1982 ), Hawk ( British Aerospace, 1984 ), Hunter : A personal view of the ultimate Hawker Fighter ( 1987 ), F - 16 Fighting Falcon ( 1991 ).
( sources : Supersonic Fighter Development, amazon )