Rick joined the Squadron the start and is one of two of the Squadrons resident skydiving experts.... a pity since the Squadron use parachutesComing from a military family, he served in the Army Air Corps as groundcrew for ten years in Germany, Northern and Hong Kong“The cold war years, when Top Gun made it briefly very cool to be groundcrew!”.
Rick also has a skydiving background and was a regular member of the Free Fall Display Team, “jumping out of Lynx at the tax-payers expense on a regular basis to date he has approx. 1500 jumps, instructs
also one of only eight Advanced Rigger Examiners in the helps with the safety of sports parachutes at the National level.
Feel free to laugh at the size of Ricks feet, which are not a natural featureWhilst test jumping an experimental parachute in 1988 in Hong Kong, he sustained spinal injuries, which leaves him paralysed below the kneesIt was thanks to his contacts within the Gazelle Squadron that he discovered that he was eligible to be a BLESMA member, because of this disabilityHe also has a fixed wing license, three grown up children, three grandchildren, and a fiancé (but not necessarily in that order)