Leonard Roy Moxam
Leonard Roy Moxam OBE was born in 1931 and was educated at Elmhurst grammar school in Somerset. He joined the RAF in 1950.
In 1952 Roy joined No2(AC)Sqn flying Meteor Mk9 aircraft until 1954 when qualified as QFI at South Cerney and Little Rissington flying Provosts and Vampires. In 1959 he went to the Royal Aircraft Establishment at Farnborough where he attended No18 course(fixed wing) at the Empire Test Pilots School (ETPS) and graduated as a Test Pilot. The same year he converted to helicopters and from 1960-1962 moved to the Aircraft and Armament Experimental Establishment at Boscombe Down where he was a Test Pilot with D Squadron and helicopter tutor at ETPS.
In 1964 he joined Westland (Fairey Division) and subsequently moved to Yeovil, becoming Chief Test Pilot in 1978. He was deeply involved in the Lynx project from the outset and he was one of the crew on the first flight in 1971. He was fully responsible for the Westland 30 series before retirement.
Roy was an exuberant demonstration pilot and was one of the first to introduce full aerobatic maneuvres into helicopters. In 1972 he established two World Speed Records with the LYNX: (Class E1c, 3,500-4500kg. - see FAI Records 1826 and 1853)
Source: email correspondence, David Gibbings, April 11, 2018
|Milestones associated with Leonard Roy Moxam|
|March 21, 1971||First flight of the Westland WG.13 Lynx helicopter|