Fast jet pilot Steve Gyles had an eventful 25-year career in the RAF that included flying the Lightning, Phantom and Tornado GR1.
RAF 100th ANNIVERSARY
The squawk box in the Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) shed crackled. I jumped out of my chair as I knew what was coming next, but was surprised by the alarmed shout: “Leuchars, this is Buchan, alert two Lightnings and as many more as you can generate. We have 80 contacts rounding the Norwegian North Cape.”