Raymond Leslie Wheeler RDI FRAeS FRINA (born 25 October 1927) is a British engineer who was instrumental in Britain's successful development of rocket launchers and hovercraft.
He was born in Middlesex.
He joined Saunders-Roe in 1945 as an apprentice. He worked on the SR.N1, the first hovercraft. He eventually became Chief Structural Engineer, working on the 300-tonne SR.N4 hovercraft, as Project Engineer.
At Saunders-Roe he worked with Roy Dommett on the Black Arrow rocket programme, where he was the Chief Designer. Although entirely successful, built on a limited budget, the project came to an abrupt end in November 1971, having been cancelled on 29 July 1971.
British Hovercraft Corporation
From 1966-85 he was Chief Designer of the British Hovercraft Corporation, and Technical Director from 1972-85.
He married in Southampton in 1950 and has one son (born 1956) and two daughters (born 1952 and 1954). He was a keen field hockey player for the company teams.