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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 will  present  a balanced analysis of the project with emphasis on how far the engineering challenges contributed to it’s 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.

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.





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7.30pm for 8.00pm


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Meetings held on the first Wednesday

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The Romsey Working Men's

Conservative Club,

(2nd floor),

13 Market Place,

Romsey SO51 8NA

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