Air Vice-Marshal Les Phipps was a fighter pilot who flew most of the post-war jets. He was a pilot attack instructor and he served at the Central Fighter Establishment and later commanded a Lightning squadron. He gained a great deal of experience overseas serving in Jordan, Malta, Borneo and Oman seeing action in the latter two. He commanded the Sultan of Oman’s Air Force during the Dhofar campaign and he also spent a year attached to the Royal Saudi Air Force. After a series of senior RAF appointments, he retired to work in the British aircraft industry. He was awarded the AFC and was appointed CB .
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