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.
*Please note it is not currently possible to hold our lectures at Kents Hill - please click here.
** Covid regulations allowing, our September lecture will be held at the Hunt House, Paulerspury and tickets must be pre-booked
13th April 2021 - This lecture will be presented via Zoom
John Lilley - The People's Mosquito
The People’s Mosquito has a simple vision: to not only return a de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito FB.VI to the skies above Britain, but, for the first time in more than 75 years, build this iconic aircraft in the UK. Chairman John Lilley presents progress on the project
11th May 2021 - This lecture will be presented via Zoom
Alistair Hodgson - de Havilland at Sea
Former Curator of the de Havilland museum, Alistair Hodgson has a particular interest in naval aviation. Tonight we’ll look at the early Sea Vampire trials, the Sea Hornet’s brief career and of course go on to the Sea Venom and Sea Vixen
8th June 2021 - This lecture will (probably) be presented via Zoom
Aldon Ferguson - The Berlin Blockade and Air Lift, 1948 – 1949
Aldon Ferguson of the RAF Burtonwood Association and Airfield Publications presents the story of the Berlin Air Lift following growing tensions between the Soviets and the West. He will explain how and why the blockade started; the Allied organisation and operation of the Air Lift from June 1948 until May 1949, continuing until September 1949. The facts and figures how it was managed; the difficulties, human loss, Soviet interference, political intrigue, which aircraft were used and how they were maintained
13th July 2021
Rod Dean - The Spitfire and Seafire
Popular speaker Rod Dean returns with a detailed review of the development of the Spitfire from the Mk.1 to the Seafire Mk.47 covering all the major variations including the various engine combinations, gun installations and the increasing need for more fuel! The improvements in performance and the handling aspects of the Spitfire are also discussed
10th August 2021
Mike Napier - The Gloster Javelin
Former Tornado Flight Commander and renowned aviation author Mike Napier tonight joins us with an overview of the operational history of the Gloster Javelin.
He will look at the various versions and squadrons the Javelin served with, together with an appraisal of the weapons systems and performance
14th September 2021
John Hutchinson, Les Evans & David MacDonald - Memories of Concorde**
MKAS are proud to present a special evening celebrating the Concorde. Joining us to deliver their own unique perspectives of this iconic aircraft are John Hutchinson – Concorde Captain; Les Evans – Concorde First Officer and David MacDonald – Concorde Flight Engineer
12th October 2021
Professor Mike Bagshaw - Hunter Heavy Breathing
The RAF Institute of Aviation Medicine was established in February 1945 incorporating a man-carrying centrifuge. The IAM also had a dedicated Hunter T7, XL563, available as a research aircraft. Professor Mike Bagshaw served with the IAM as a Senior Medical Officer Pilot and describes his work in the development of acceleration protection and oxygen systems and will outline some of the other significant research and development undertaken by the IAM
9th November 2021
Air Commodore Graham Pitchfork (ret'd) - Behind Enemy Lines
Air Commodore Graham Pitchfork (ret’d) MBE delivers a talk covering the organisation of escape and evasion of RAF aircrew during World War Two with particular emphasis on the ‘escape lines’ established in Europe with the help of local Resistance organisations
14th December 2021
Peter Griffiths - Sextant to SatNav - 45 Years in Aviation, part 2
Following his extremely entertaining lecture last year, Peter Griffiths returns with more tales from his long career in aviation. We pick up the story after Peter’s time with BOAC and Cathay Pacific, when he moves in to the world of executive aviation