• The RAF Technician -a life recounted by DENNIS THOMAS

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I've had a passion for analogue electronics all my life. When I first heard Buckley (Flintshire) resident, Dennis Thomas speak at Deeside 41 Club, I knew instinctively that we shared a curiosity about technology and its interface with human-kind. In this clip Dennis tells of his early schooling in Flintshire and his initiation into the workplace via the DeHavilland aircraft factory at Broughton (nowadays "Airbus").His career path leads to an engineering branch of the Royal Air Force at nearby Sealand (30MU) -where on one occasion Dennis volunteered for a stint as a "guinea-pig" in, what he was told, would be "physiological experiments" being conducted at Porton Down. Dennis survives. His tales of memories of the Cuban Missile Crisis -and other lighter moments which range from a case of a ticketing malfunction which saw him riding, first-class, on the railroads of the USA to a wrong-turn which found him off the beaten track in cold-war East Berlin, will follow in due course...

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