Oral history of British science
Higton, Dennis (Part 18 of 24). An Oral History of British Science.
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Interviewee’s home, Shrewton, Salisbury
Higton, Dennis, 1921-2012 (speaker, male)
Lean, Thomas (speaker, male)
Part 18: Remarks on leaving USA: replacement by Doug Andrews; family arrangements; value of keeping Washington placements short, making enemies, risks of autonomous staff having embassy romances [Closed between 03:12 - 03:27 until 2032]. [04:40] Remarks on return to Britain as Assistant Director Aircraft Production Helicopters [ADAPH]: chaotic situation on his arrival; low status of job making him wonder what he had done wrong. [06:20] Comments on ADAPH duties: same rank as in US, understanding contract details; example of intervening between Egypt and Westland Aircraft; understanding lead times and liaising with aircraft firms; anecdote about contact with Minister over British Tornado's being made out of Russian Titanium. [13:20] Story about DH joining Geoffrey Pattie's committee on aircraft quality instead of Air Marshal Dougie Lowe. Anecdote about a dispute over flight clothing manufacture. [17:15] Anecdote about DH brother being in same painting class as Geoffrey Pattie's wife. Comments on DH considering himself unsuited for posting as ADAPH: always retaining scientific research jobs in his career, until it was realised that he was an engineer and assigned to production job; promotion to Director General of Aircraft Production.
Interview with aeronautical engineer Dennis Higton.