Roger learnt to fly at Birmingham in 1963. He was awarded an RAF Flying Scholarship through his school Combined Cadet Force (CCF) gaining his Private Pilot's Licence in two weeks. After leaving school he attended the College of Air Training at Hamble from 1964 to 1965 to train for his professional licence to become an airline pilot.
He joined British European Airways (BEA) in 1966 to fly the Vanguard and subsequently the Trident aeroplane. He was promoted to Captain in 1975 in the now British Airways to fly the Viscount and subsequently the B737. In 1987 he was fortunate enough to transfer to the Concorde where he remained until his retirement in March 2000.
A keen aviator throughout his professional career he took the opportunity to fly some one hundred different aircraft types privately. He now flies vintage aircraft including the B17 "Sally B", the Super Constellation "Star of Switzerland" and his own 1935 Hawk Speed VI G-ADGP.