AVM Adams spent much of his RAF service in a series of test flying appointments. During his early career he flew on three Canberra squadrons seeing service in Germany, Cyprus and in England. After completing the course at the Empire Test Pilot’s School, he tested fighters including the Hawker P1127, which led to the Harrier jump jet. He was due to be one of two pilots to fly a Harrier in the Daily Mail Transatlantic Air Race, but illness prevented him from taking part. He spent many flying hours testing the Harrier, resulting in the award of the AFC. During a second appointment at Boscombe Down, he tested the Jaguar and continued flying other fighters. He later became the Superintendent of Test Flying and Commandant at Boscombe Down. As the Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Operational Requirements) he was heavily involved in the development of the European Fighter Aircraft, which became the Typhoon, and in precision guided munitions.

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