Lecture Programme :
All lectures are held during our monthly meetings at our Kents Hill Community Centre venue (see the 'Contact Us' page for full details).
Doors open at 19.30 for a 20.00 start.
We are pleased to announce that we are now back at our usual venue at Kents Hill, unless indicated below
*This lecture will take place at The Sir Henry Royce Memorial Foundation, The Hunt House, Paulerspury
14th June 2022
Tony Dixon - Phantom F-4J and 74 Squadron
Former Phantom Navigator Tony Dixon presents a talk covering the varied history of the 'Tigers' and why the F-4J (UK) was purchased. It will emphasise the aircraft's good points and also its 'foibles', and the major differences encountered by the Squadron to bring it in line with RAF procedures. Finally, Tony will cover its untimely demise and disposal
12th July 2022
Graham Pitchfork - Bristol Aircraft at War
Air Commodore Graham Pitchfork MBE (ret’d) is an aviation historian, award-winning author and highly-acclaimed speaker. Tonight Graham looks at the operational history of Bristol’s ‘Big Three’, the Blenheim, Beaufort and Beaufighter and covers all theatres for the Second World War
9th August 2022
Tim Prince - The Royal International Air Tattoo....From Small Beginnings
Tim Prince OBE has been a member of the Royal International Air Tattoo [RIAT] and instrumental in its development since it was established. He describes how it all came about back in 1971 and then due to its amazing volunteer ethos and energy it grew from that original ‘adventure’ into becoming the world’s greatest military air show where military aviators from across the globe meet annually and share with us all the magic of aviation
13th September 2022*
Signature Lecture - The Falklands Remembered
A special evening to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Falklands conflict.
Sharing their unique experiences of the time will be Rear Admiral Chris Parry, Squadron Leader Bob Tuxford and Commodore Neill Thomas
11th October 2022
Rod Dean - The Development of the F-86 Sabre
Renowned aviation consultant Rod Dean returns. His lecture tonight covers the initial design and subsequent development of the whole family of the North American Aviation F-86 aircraft including the US Navy variants and construction in Canada and Australia
8th November 2022
Geoffrey New - Avro 504L Restoration
Geoffrey New owns a unique Avro 504L - the UK's earliest remaining commercial aircraft. Tonight he tells the story of the restoration of G-EASD, which was originally built in March 1920 and flew commercially until December 1927. Geoffrey is fortunate to possess the original airframe and LeRhone 110 rotary engine