Details of the the 2017/2018 Programme

will appear in the coming weeks.


Many talks are already listed with

some awaiting details to be

agreed with the speakers.


Further information will follow.

So....remember to visit the site!








Tuesday 6th March 2018 - Adrian Abbott

"Armstrong Whitworth Aircraft"


Armstrong Whitworth 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 production of other companies' aircraft, claiming to be able 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 talk will show most of the aircraft from 1913 on, and will also cover the story behind Whitley bombers' nose-down problem and why the Apollo, which should have equalled the Viscount, didn't.


Tuesday 3rd April - "The Meteor" - Rod Dean - Details to follow


Tuesday 1st May - Graham Pitchfork - Details TBC


Tuesday 4th September - "The Taranto Raid" - Kim Sharman - Details TBC


Tuesday 2nd October - Navy Wings Team - PROVISIONAL - Details TBC


Tuesday 6th November - John Coote - "Navigation" - Details TBC




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.



Monday 18th September - Air Commodore Graham Pitchfork -

"Behind Enemy Lines - RAF Evaders"



Graham made a welcome return with true stories of RAF and Commonwealth aircrews of WW2. He served in the RAF for 36 years, was a Director of Military Intelligence at the MoD and is the author of many books. This well illustrated presentation reflected Graham’s usual detailed research and followed his previous talks here on the Buccaneer, Men Behind the Medals and the Battle of Britain. Graham’s associated book ‘Shot Down and on the Run’ has recently been republished in softback..




Monday 15th May – Michael Draper –

‘Biafra – The Air War & Relief Airlift’.


Biafra between 1967 and 1970 remains one of the many forgotten African wars of the second half of the twentieth century. Michael’s well-illustrated talk was based on his personal involvement and covered particularly the air bridge of arms and food supplies to the Biafran enclave. Aircraft involved included the Constellation, DC6, Stratofreighter and Dakota as well as military Mig-17s and MFI Minicons. The talk was followed by a showing of the 45 minute award-winning documentary “Jesus Christ Airlines”




Monday 24th April - Rod Dean –

‘Flying and Displaying Vintage Jet Aircraft’

Rod made a welcome return with the fourth of his talks, this time based on his practical flying experience of jet display flying. Following his RAF and Gulf States service he continued on the display circuit until recently. His favourite type, the Hunter, featured together with the Meteor, Vampire, Venom, Canadair T33 and Sabre. As usual Rod’s lively presentation had been meticulously researched and well illustrated with many photos from his personal collection. For more information just type Rod’s name in your favourite web browser.



Monday 20th March - Jeremy Graham –

‘Westlands – Horseless Carriage to Helicopter’


Following a management career with Agusta Westland - now part of the Leonardo Group - Jeremy was well qualified to present a history of the Company and the surprisingly wide range of aircraft involved. The Company celebrated a centenary of aircraft construction at the Yeovil factory in 2015. Jeremy’s well researched and illustrated talk reviewed all the major types manufactured emphasising wartime operations, UK and other users and recent contracts on the Merlin and Wildcat.



Monday 20th February 2017 - Paul Beaver -

‘Winkle : A life at full throttle.’



Author and broadcaster Colonel Paul Beaver was a close friend of Captain Eric Brown and this informative and entertaining presentation included new stories from the colourful life of the unique test pilot and past patron of BWAG. Paul is currently writing Eric’s biography and his well illustrated talk was derived from research resulting from unrestricted access to both personal and professional records of the nation’s greatest pilot.


Included was additional information on Eric’s later work in Germany and in the United States at Patuxent River Naval Air Station. An evening much enjoyed by a capacity audience.


This photo of Eric was taken when he spoke at a BWAG meeting.




Monday 16th January 2017 - James S Mason

‘Accident in Antarctica’

James Mason has made a study of the loss of Air New Zealand DC10 ZK-NZP which crashed into Mount Erebus in Antarctica on the 28th November 1979. James first dealt with the incident, the background and post crash investigations which led to a Royal Commission of Inquiry. The second part of the well illustrated presentation described a modern logistics flight on a USAF C17 made by the speaker and the Memorial established at Scott Base to mark the 30th anniversary of the incident.


There are further details of James's talk on the Magazine Section of this site








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Meetings are held at the Stubbington Snooker and Social Club


7.30pm for 8.00pm


20th February 2018 –

‘GAS 2018 AGM'

GAS members only.






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.

Follow the live link below

to see more:



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

may be found on their web-site :



Paul Beaver is giving a series of tlalks at the Museum of Army Flying.


15 February : Winkle in Search of German Technology


29 March : RAF 100


19 April : Dambusters 75


Full details of times, admission charge etc can be found on the Museum's web site by following this link :