Graham is one of the longest standing active members of Booker Gliding Club having joined as Technical Officer in 1969.
For almost 50 years Graham has inspired and taught hundreds of others to fly at Booker, has restored historic gliders and has played a leading role in the Vintage Gliding Club and in the development of competitive glider aerobatics.
Among the many vintage aircraft Graham has restored to flying condition are his widely recognised red, gull-winged Slingsby T13 Petrel - the only flying example of this beautiful aircraft. He has also restored a Fauvel AV-36 ‘flying wing’ aerobatic glider which is now in the Shuttleworth Collection and which Graham (a rated display pilot) puts through its paces at Old Warden air shows. In addition Graham has rebuilt a Letov 107 Lunak which he regularly flies in Advanced Class Aerobatic Championships.
His T-13 Petrel has won a VGC International Rally Trophy for Best Restoration and Graham himself was awarded a Syd Davies Trophy for his services to vintage gliding. Every year Graham runs aerobatics courses at Booker GC culminating in The Easter Egg Cup, an annual club level aerobatics competition organised by Graham and scored by BAeA judges. Graham’s commitment and enthusiasm for gliders and for gliding has been an inspiration for several generations of glider pilots at Booker, elsewhere in the UK, and in Europe. Glider pilots and vintage aircraft enthusiasts from across the UK and further afield benefit from Graham’s encyclopedic knowledge, his cheerful disposition and his willingness to help.