When he was young dad was a member of the London Gliding Club on Dunstable Downs. Bedfordshire. He trained as a glider pilot and was ready to go solo but never saw the training through as he needed the money to buy a home. However, he retained an interest in flying over the years and for four years he worked at Luton airport as a Duty Crewman in the airport fire service which he described as fire, security and any jobs the airport commandant requested to maintain smooth running of the airport.
The photo below was taken at the Scottish Gliding Centre in 1962. The plane is a Slingby T31 trainer.