Don Briggs had a flying career that spanned over 60 years. He started RAF life as an aircraft apprentice but later became a flight engineer on Lancasters in the Pathfinder Force. He completed 60 operations and was awarded the DFC. After the war he trained as a pilot and flew all three V-bombers. He was the second pilot on the third and final testing of the British hydrogen bomb during Operation Grapple at Christmas Island. He spent five years as an instructor on the Vulcan and after retiring from the RAF he trained future airline pilots at Oxford. He retired from flying when he was 84 years old.
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