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
OUR PREVIOUS MEETINGS
Tuesday 2nd January 2018 - Phil Nelson
"Unlucky 13 - the crash of B17G-20-VE ‘Paper Dollie’ #42-97622"
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”
There are further details of James's talk on the Magazine Section of this site
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GOSPORT AVIATION SOCIETY
Meetings are held at the Stubbington Snooker and Social Club
7.30pm for 8.00pm
20th February 2018 –
‘GAS 2018 AGM'
GAS members only.
SOUTH HAMPSHIRE HISTORICAL AVIATION SOCIETY
Meetings held on the first Wednesday
of the month at 7.30 for 8.00pm start at
The Romsey Working Men's
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
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 :