Horncastle author hopes to hit heights with new novel

High flier:  Local author David Gledhill.
High flier: Local author David Gledhill.

A Horncastle based author is hoping to hit the literary heights with the publication of his latest novel.

David Gledhill served for 37 years in the RAF as a navigator, spending 13 years at RAF Coningsby.

During his final three years at Coningsby, he was an Executive Officer on the Tornado F3 Operational Conversion Unit.

Since he retired from the RAF in 2010 - by then he was serving at the Air Warfare Centre at RAF Waddington - he has written a number of books.

His factual works, published by Fonthill Media, describe his experiences in the cockpit of the Phantom and the Tornado F3 in the UK, Germany and the Falkland Islands.

His new novel is called ‘Provocation’ and is the latest book in his Phantom Air Combat series and follows the exploits of a fictional Phantom fighter crew.

Although fictional, David admits he has drawn on his own experiences to write the novel.

He said: “I grew up reading the ‘Biggles’ adventure books but there seem to be few modern equivalents.

“Having flown over 3,000 hours during my career, mostly in fast-jets, my ambition is to take readers into the cockpit with a degree of realism absent in other novels.

“Although the events are fictional, the settings and the descriptions of the flying action are based on real events.”

Apart from writing, David is keen to pass on his experience by lecturing to aviation enthusiast groups in the East Midlands.

He can regularly be found showing visitors around the Phantom cockpit at the Newark Air Museum during shows.

‘Provocation’ is set at the former RAF base RAF Wildenrath on the Dutch, German border where David served during the Cold War.

When British, American and French fighter crews come together for an air policing exercise, events escalate.

Although set during the Cold War, David’s novel does echo recent events with Typhoons from RAF Coningsby involved in a number of ‘incidents’ with Russian military aircraft.

David adds: “With that in mind, perhaps the story is more relevant today than it might appear.”

His previous best selling works have received Five Star reviews on Amazon with him being described by one reviewer as ‘The Andy McNab of the Skies’.

l ‘Provocation’ is published on Amazon both as an ebook and as a paperback priced at £2.99 and £8.99.

David’s website is: www.deegee-media.webnode.com