Brian Main, MBE, Westland EH101, Chief Designer
British engineer Brian John Main was born on Feb. 5, 1942, in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, to missionary parents, Main’s early childhood was spent in Maun, Bechuanaland (now Botswana), and was greatly influenced by both the wide variety of wildlife and the African mentality of repair rather than disposal. From an early age, he was dismantling, reassembling and repairing all forms of mechanisms, an innate skill that would serve him well as a practicing engineer in later years. After gaining his Higher School Certificate, he accepted an apprenticeship linked to degree studies with British Aircraft Corporation (BAC) at Filton. Graduating from Bath University in 1966 with a BS in Engineering, Main stayed on at BAC for another three years.
Learn more about Brian on 'Society Update' pages of Vertiflite, November/December 2023.
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