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Tuesday 6th November - John Coote – "One Hundred Years of Air Navigation"



From his perspective as an RAF Navigator on Vulcan B2's and Nimrod maritime patrol aircraft, and a graduate of the RAF General Duties Aerosystems Course, John will highlight the major developments in the field of Air Navigation from the earliest days of aviation to the present day.




Tuesday 4th December - Joe Marsden -

"Flying the Vulcan – a personal perspective".


Joe has flown 34 different Vulcan aircraft including XH558 which flew until 2016 and XL426 based at Southend Airport (see https// The well illustrated talk will briefly cover the history of the Vulcan but will mainly cover crew responsibilities, preparations and practicalities of the various roles Joe was involved in together with the more light-hearted aspects of journeys from Cyprus in the East to Midway Island and Alaska in the West and up to the Arctic Circle to test Russian response.





Tuesday 2nd October - "Griffons, Merlins and Spitfires" - Kevin Patience


Following RAF service Kevin had a full and varied career including international marine salvage and aircraft renovation. He told of his connections with the iconic WW2 fighter, the Supermarine Spitfire and it’s power plants the Rolls Royce Merlin and Griffon. Also his location and identification of two Spitfires off Malta including one on display in the Malta War Museum and another that now flies, together with some rare 1942 colour film of Spitfires in Malta.


Tuesday 4th September 2018 - "Attack onTaranto" - Kim Sharman



Cold War Sea Vixen pilot Kim returned with his enthusiastic and well researched presentation on the daring raid on the Italian base by his Fleet Air Arm predecessors in November 1940. The successful operation by aircrew and Swordfish aircraft from HMS Eagle and HMS Illustrious was to have far reaching consequences for future naval warfare.




Tuesday 1st May 2018 – Air Commodore Graham Pitchfork

"Extending the Operational Boundaries – Further, Higher, Faster 1919-1939"











Tuesday 3rd April 2018 - Rod Dean

"Design and Development of the Gloster Meteor"



This first class presentation covered in detail the story of the Meteor, the UK’s first jet fighter, from first flight in March 1943 to a review of surviving aircraft still flying. Rod has wide personal experience of flying T7, F8 and NF11 variants of the aircraft with the RAF or later as a display pilot. Each development and mark of the Meteor was well illustrated and discussed and supported by Rod’s usual mix of information and entertainment.



Tuesday 6th March 2018 - Adrian Abbott

"Armstrong Whitworth Aircraft"


AWA produced over 11,000 aircraft during its lifespan of over 50 years. These included some significant successes and a number of failures, including possibly the ugliest plane of all time. The company suffered from constraints imposed by the Hawker Siddeley Group, but became expert at producing other companies' aircraft, claiming to make any plane 30% cheaper than the rest of the Group. It never seemed very sure of the direction it should take, which may be exemplified by the Apollo photograph.


Adrian Abbott became an Apprentice at AWA in 1955 and left in 1963 having worked on various aspects of Meteors, Meteor NFs, Seahawk, Hunter, Javelin, Vulcan, and Argosy, plus SeaSlug and SeaDart missiles. It was a fascinating start to an aeronautical career. The well-attended talk covered most of the aircraft from 1913 on, and described the story behind Whitley bombers' nose-down problem and why the Apollo, which should have equalled the Viscount, didn't.



Tuesday 6th February 2018 - Paul Beaver

"Captain Eric ‘Winkle’ Brown and Jet Aircraft"


Author and broadcaster Colonel Paul Beaver is currently completing his biography of our much missed patron Eric Brown. As a close friend of Eric, Paul has had access to his log books, personal records and much new information. This well illustrated talk included a discussion on Eric's work with and his contribution to British jet aircraft development. An interesting section dealt with his post-war experiences at the US Navy Air Test Center at Patuxent River where he had the opportunity to fly and test the latest American carrier-borne jet aircraft. Eric was also noted for the improvements made to American aircraft carrier design and effectiveness.


Tuesday 2nd January 2018 - Phil Nelson

"British Airways Flying Training at Hamble"


Captain Phil Nelson made a welcome return following his recent set of presentations on flying RAF bomber aircraft. After retiring from the RAF Phil was appointed Flying Instructor at the British Airways College of Air Training at nearby Hamble. This interesting, well illustrated and very local story covered another phase of Phil’s wide ranging aviation career delivered in his usual informative

and entertaining style.




Tuesday 5th December 2017 - Carl Graham

"Unlucky 13 - the crash of B17G-20-VE ‘Paper Dollie’ #42-97622"


On the 23rd June 1944 Boeing Flying Fortress ‘Paper Dollie’ was part of a Lead Group of B17 bombers attacking airfields in France in support of allied forces soon after D-Day. On the return flight the aircraft crashed at Dundridge with the loss of the pilot and rear gunner. Carl has made a study of the operation and particularly the background of the aircrew involved. This interesting and very local presentation followed Carl’s detailed research and recent contact with families of the crew members. Although a tribute to one aircraft and crew it is an example representing all the US Eighth Air Force bomber aircrews operating over Europe in WW2.


Tuesday 7th November 2017 - Phil Holt

“Controlling 911 – the most fraught 4 hours in the history of ATC"


In this fascinating presentation Phil told the story of his colleagues at the Boston, Washington and Cleveland Air Traffic Centers following the unprecedented decision by the FAA controller, in his first day in the job, to ground all 4,000 aircraft in the airspace of the USA. Phil was a UK Air Traffic Controller for nearly 40 years and was on duty on the 11th September 2001



Tuesday 3rd October 2017 - Joe Marsden -

‘Canberra Target Towing’ followed by ‘ASTOR’


Joe had a long and interesting service career and flew many types including the Canberra TT Mk 18 with No 7 Squadron, at the time one of the largest units in the RAF. The first entertaining and well illustrated talk covered the technicalities of target towing and recollections of deployments to Gibraltar and Cyprus. Joe was later involved with the ASTOR Airborne Stand Off Radar system with the Sentinel aircraft and associated ground stations.










Graham returned with a brand new presentation. The period between the two World Wars saw the RAF develop its operational capabilities by flying some epic long-range flights to the furthest points of the Empire. It also created new height and speed records which led to the development of some iconic aircraft and aero engines.

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Meetings are held at the Stubbington Snooker and Social Club


7.30pm for 8.00pm




22nd November - 'Doc' Martin

'Operating and Flying the Wasp Helicopter'

(Thursday meeting)


18th December - Alan Key

'Pleasure Flying'







Meetings held on the first Wednesday

of the month at 7.30 for 8.00pm start at


The Romsey Working Men's

Conservative Club,

(2nd floor),

13 Market Place,

Romsey SO51 8NA


The Society's full programme may be viewed on the SHHAS website.

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The Arun & Chichester

Air Enthusiasts Society meet in Chichester at the Park Hotel (behind Sainsbury's on the

Chichester by-pass)

Meetings start at 7.30pm


Full details of their latest programme

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