... was born in Dublin, Ireland
Gordon started his interest in aviation while attending school. His hobby, "Airspotting," included cycling to the airport to collect aircraft registrations and taking photos.
He immigrated to Canada in 1965 to take the Aeronautical Engineering course at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology in Calgary, Alberta.
He decided to "fly 'em rather than build 'em" and joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1968 as a pilot. He flew the Avro CF-100 and Lockheed T-33 with 414 Electronic Warfare (EW) Squadron, Air Defence Command based at CFB North Bay, Ontario.
The Squadron provided a target force to exercise and test the North American Air Defence (NORAD) system.
His secondary duties included the assistant Squadron Flight Safety Officer implementing Flight Safety procedures and the reporting and filing of aircraft incidents and accidents.
An interesting part of the job was being the Squadron maintenance test pilot. Each aircraft was test flown to check that all the systems were serviceable after major maintenance overhaul before being returned to Squadron service.
Gordon has embarked on a writing career and an article on airborne electronic warfare in the Canadian Armed Forces was published in the Feb/Mar 2009 issue of Canada's National History Society's The Beaver magazine.
He lives in British Columbia, Canada.