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Tuesday 15th January 2019 - Steve Alcock -
"R J Mitchell and his Aircraft Designs"
Steve Alcock is manager of our local and excellent Solent Sky Museum and has naturally become an enthusiastic researcher of aircraft subjects. These include the life and achievements of R J Mitchell on which this well illustrated presentation was based. Steve covered the design of the Spitfire but also touched on the Supermarine S.5/6 series and many more of the famous designer’s projects.
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//avrovulcan.com). 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 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 2nd October - "Griffons, Merlins and Spitfires"
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 on Taranto" - 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"
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.
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.
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Meetings held on the first Wednesday
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The Romsey Working Men's
13 Market Place,
Romsey SO51 8NA
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