Philip Keeble was born in 1947 in Beaconsfield, England. Educated first in Slough, Buckinghamshire and later Fareham, Hampshire; he started work as an industrial chemist with the Southern Gas Board in the Poole Gas Works before leaving to joining the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Constabulary.
In 1965 he got accepted for pilot training with the RAF and had a 28-year career in the service flying mainly reconnaissance, instructional duties and fast combat aircraft in a wide range of overseas theatres.
Qualified Flying Instructor – Piston & Fast Jet
Instrument Examiner - Fast jet
Air Combat Leader/Instructor - Fighters
On leaving the forces he became a civilian military simulator instructor both in the UK and in Saudi Arabia and was Ordained as a Deacon in the Church in Wales in 2013 (retired).
Title: “Patrolling the Cold War Skies – Reheat Sunset”.
An RAF pilot’s view of the Cold War, which conveys the excitement, danger and comedy of flying during that momentous historic period. Crafted to satisfy all aviation enthusiasts, novice and professional alike.
The Cold War is the hot topic of the moment. This book covers 28 years of patrolling the Cold War skies in Reconnaissance Canberras and Air Defence Phantoms and Tornados. Flying in the heat of East Africa and the Far East to the cold of Norway and the Falkland Islands, this essential book covers a huge period of relevant global and military aviation history .
Handsomely illustrated with high-quality images from an acclaimed international aviation photographer and the author’s personal collection. The book has been met with critical acclaim as can be seen on the Amazon Website.
I have three ‘RAF Form 414’ in my possession - my Royal Air Force Pilot’s Flying Log Books. These log books are a record of what aviating in the RAF during the Cold War was like, not so much in prose but in hard facts; facts that bring back memories of flying incidences and the events leading up to them… exciting sorties, dangerous emergencies, stupid moments, funny occasions, operational practices and so on.
However, these documents need a chronicler to tell the full story. So, Patrolling the Cold War Skies sets out to put flesh on those bare facts in an exciting, amusing and anecdotal way. There are episodes that are capricious and rascally; whilst other sections have a rather more serious theme, together they provide a contrast in showing a balance to the many sides of flying; the thrilling, the amusing the hazardous and the professional.
These log books cover ten different types of aircraft right from my initial days in 1965 learning to fly on the Chipmunk piston trainer, right through to the final days, flying the Tornado fighter and ending in 1994 when I retired. I risked my neck and got into more than a few scrapes. I flew very low, very high and very fast with an imprudence that at times was right on the edge of sensibility but come any war I was ready, willing and able to fight for my country.
As I wrote this book the memory of some events made me chuckle, some brought me out in a cold sweat and some brought a lump to my throat. I may have forgotten some of the finer details over the years and thus any mistakes are fully mine but I can vouch for the veracity of every single chapter even the outrageous ones.
I advise all my readers … to “strap your selves in securely and hold on tight, for this could be quite a ride”.
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Review of Patrolling the Cold War Skies
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