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Tuesday 1st October - Lt Cdr Mark Jameson -

Navy Wings’


Lt Cdr Jameson is the RN Liaison Officer to the Navy Wings Heritage Flight following  the creation in April of the newly  reconstituted Navy Wings Charity which continues to operate with the support of the Royal Navy at Yeovilton.    Mark has wide experience of both rotary wing flying and the Flight’s Swordfish aircraft.    Under the stewardship of Jock Alexander Navy Wings in addition to operating their own aircraft now

co-operates with owners of the Associate Collection - other UK based historic FAA aircraft - creating a pool of aircraft supplementing those of the Heritage Flight.     Mark’s well illustrated presentation will deal with the history and future of Navy Wings together with details and status of the iconic aircraft owned and operated by Navy Wings, including the Sea Vixen, Sea Hawk, the two Sea Fury’s and of course the three Swordfish.  

 5th November 2019 – David Riley –

Asian Commercial Aviation Photography in the 80’s and 90’s


3rd December – Tony Dowland – 

Defiant Ace : Sqn Ldr Ted Thorn DFC & Bar DFM & Bar


7th January 2020 – Steve Bohill-Smith –



4th February –  TBC


3rd March – Patrons Night –

Paul Beaver -Subject TBC


7th April – Rod Dean – Mosquito


5th May – TBC


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Gosport Aviation Society is a group for those with an interest in aviation and related topics. It meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month at the Royal Naval Association Club on Aerodrome Road  - Directions can be found on the GAS web site


For full programme information and the location of the meeting place

please see the Gosport web site :









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

may be found on their web-site :

Tuesday 3rd September - Kim Sharman - 

‘How the Royal Navy helped to win the Battle of Britain’


Cold War Sea Vixen pilot Kim returned with a timely, very different and well researched subject. Whilst never taking anything away from “The Few”, this talk related that there were many thousands of participants in the Battle of Britain - including the Royal Navy. It also illustrated how superior planning, equipment and 'Lady Luck' ensured victory.

Tuesday 4th June - Ben Goodlad -

‘ TSR2: A Missed Opportunity? ’

The BAC TSR2 was designed as a supersonic nuclear bomber at the height of the Cold War with a first flight in September 1964.  Cancellation of the aircraft early the following year remains controversial  and continues to arouse strong feelings. Ben is currently completing an Aero Engineering degree course at Southampton University and has researched the aircraft  in depth. TSR2 was considered the most technically advanced aircraft in the world and Ben gave  a balanced analysis of the project with emphasis on how far the engineering challenges contributed to its cancellation.

Tuesday 7th May – Bob Wealthy –

‘Restoration of Britten-Norman Islander G-AVCN’


Bob is chairman of the Britten-Norman Aircraft Preservation Society and heads the team of enthusiasts restoring G-AVCN, the third Islander aircraft built and the first production aircraft.


G-AVCN was recovered in a derelict state from Puerto Rico in 2000 and is now, over fifty years after it’s first flight, well on the way to full restoration at the Society’s workshop at Binstead near Ryde.    Bob was well qualified to report on the project bringing us up to date on progress, fund raising and future plans.

 Tuesday 2nd April - Jack Froelic -

"Flying the Caribou in Vietnam with the USAF"


Jack was born in Pittsburgh and after flying training in Texas served a combat tour in the Republic of Vietnam flying the DH Canada C-7A Caribou supporting the USAF 5th Special Forces.    This interesting subject featuring a very useful aircraft was delivered with humour by a pilot with first hand experience. Jack went on to fly the KC135 and later the Boeing 747 with Korean Air.

Tuesday 5th March - Group Captain Paul Beaver  -

 "The Real Eric Brown"


BWAG Patron, author and broadcaster Group Captain Paul Beaver is nearing completion of detailed research preceding publication of his biography of our past patron Captain Eric Brown, who would have reached his centenary in January.    As Eric’s close friend, Paul has enjoyed access to his log books, personal records and much new information.     This well illustrated presentation reviewed some of Eric’s adventures but looked beyond the known facts and achievements revealing some underlying characteristics of one of our premier pilots.


Tuesday 5th February  - Bob Wealthy -

"Flying Boats and Float Planes Around the World"


Bob is a local avation historian and Secretary of Gosport Aviation Society. This new presentation followed his travels and was well illustrated with images and videos of both familiar and rare types. Our area has a rich history of water-based aircraft and Bob's talk was a valuable reminder that they remain in useful operation elsewhere in the World. 

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// 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.


Nav Instuments

 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"

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.

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