David Gledhill Books

Do you want to read about The Cold War and, particularly the Phantom and Tornado F3? If so you came to the right place. You can choose between factual accounts of my experiences in Germany, the UK and the Falkland Islands where I flew these two aircraft. Alternatively, if you prefer fiction, check out my novels that follow the exploits of a fictional Phantom crew. Although the scenarios are fictional I hope the settings and the events in the cockpit help you experience the action.


DAVE GLEDHILL is an aviation enthusiast and aviator. Already holding a private pilots licence at the age of seventeen, he was commissioned in the RAF in 1974, and after training as an air navigator, converted to the F4 Phantom in the Air Defence role. After tours in the UK and Germany, he went on to be a radar tactics instructor on the Operational Conversion Unit. After transferring to the new Tornado F2 as one of the first instructors, he eventually became the Executive Officer on the OCU. His flying career finished in the Falkland Islands where he commanded No 1435 Flight flying the Tornado F3.

"The Phantom in Focus", "Fighters Over The Falklands" and "Tornado F3 In Focus" are factual accounts of his service experiences published by Fonthill Media. "Defector","Maverick" and "Deception" are fictional Cold War tales in ther "Phantom Air Combat" series, available on Amazon Kindle and in paperback formats. "Defector" is also available as an audiobook. His next novel "Provocation" is out now and will soon be released as an audiobook.





A story from Tornado F3 days on the Flyinggraphics Blog

A new interview to launch "Per Ardua - Training An RAF Phantom Crew"

A tribute to Tornado from the Royal United Services Institute

Airfix Model World November 2018



Review in Flightpath Magazine April 2018

Aviation news October Edition: On The Front Line, RAF Germany Phantoms


The Daily Mail Online 8 June 2017

Horncastle News Thu 12 May 2017

Tornado F3 Mission Simulator Cockpit arrives at Thorpe Camp Visitor Centre

Infiltration, the latest in the Phantom Air Combat series released on Kindle and in paperback

Phantom In The Cold War available for pre order

Impact released on Amazon Kindle

Latest Article in Global Aviation Resource

Talk at the Duxford Airshow with fellow author Mike Napier

A new interview discussing the Tornado F2 and F3

Friends of Duxford Lecture

Phantom Cockpit Unveilling Newark Air Museum


Queens Birthday Flypast 1986

A new interview on Hushkit, the online aviation site


The RAF Coningsby Gate Guardian


Featured in The Horncastle news, the Boston Standard and the West Sussex County Times

Tornado In Pictures out now

My Independent Author Network page

Interview on Xtended Aviation Radio

Tornado ADV Article in Global Aviation Resource Magazine

Maverick: Available on Amazon Kindle and in paperback

Tornado F3 - A Navigator's Eye on Britain's Last Interceptor

Out now on Amazon


Aircrew Interview in Phantom FGR2 XV490 at Newark Air Museum.

Interview with Andrew Ayers on County Linx Radio

Book signing at the 1940s Weekend Woodhall Spa.

Read my interview in Aeroplane Monthly



See my article in Global Aviation Magazine.

Check out the Events page for a link.

"Phantom In Focus" and "Fighters Over The Falklands" both now available on Kindle