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 February 2018 - Paul Beaver
"Captain Eric ‘Winkle’ Brown and his Search of Secret German Technology"
Author and broadcaster Gp Capt 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 preview of Paul’s research of Eric’s involvement in the evaluation and testing of secret German aviation technology as he accompanied allied forces on their advance into occupied Europe following D-Day. Among the advanced types involved were the Heinkel He 162, Arado Ar 234b and Messerschmitt Me 163 and Me 262.
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
Monday 12th December 2016 - Christopher Balfour
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GOSPORT AVIATION SOCIETY
Meetings are held at the Stubbington Snooker and Social Club
7.30pm for 8.00pm
As usual, we are pleased to include details of the GAS meetings. We are grateful to their Committee for publishing details of our Programme in their Newsletter
GAS 2018 Talks Series
16th January 2018 – ‘Islander Restoration Project Update’ by Bob Wealthy
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 :-
Romsey Working Men's
13 Market Place,
Romsey SO51 8NA
SHHAS website :
Wednesday 10th January
The Annual SHHAS Photo Competition & AGM
Saturday 13th January
SHHAS Annual Dinner
The Crown Inn
Wednesday 7th February
'Flying Shadows - the story of a
a talk by Jim Munro
Wednesday 7th March
'Life of a Fleet Air Arm pilot
in the Cold War' - a talk
by Kim Sherman
Wednesday 4th April
'The HS Buccaneer'
a talk by John Myers
Wednesday 2nd May
'Flying the Vulcan'
a talk by Joe Marsden
Wednesday 6th June
'The Zeppelin in WW1'
a talk by David Skillen
Wednesday 4th July
'Canberra Target Towing'
a talk by Joe Marsden
Sunday 26th August
SHHAS/Andover Strut BBQ & Fly-in
Wednesday 5th September
Wednesday 3rd October
Wednesday 7th November
Wednesday 5th December
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 :