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News updated 14Sep18

Kingston Aviation Centenary Project (KACP)

The website continues to be updated with very interesting weekly stories of Sopwith 100 years ago, Hawker People stories and photos added to the gallery.

There is a very interesting set of PDF files giving a short history of the Ham factory; best to return to the Menu, from a pdf file display, using the back arrow or backspace key.

Brooklands Museum

The Re-Engineering Brooklands project.

The museum needs volunteers; could you spend a few hours a week helping out. More


30 August Sadly Peter Smith has died unexpectedly, peacefully in his sleep at home from sepsis.

His funeral will be held on Thursday 27 September at 11:45 at Randalls Park Crematorium, Leatherhead, KT22 0AG.

After the funeral you are invited to a reception to remember and raise a glass to Dad at: Surbiton Golf Club, Woodstock Lane, Chessington, KT9 1UG.

I would be really grateful if you could let me know if you will be attending so that I can make arrangements for catering. Please RSVP to or to my home address: 61 Kentish Road, Belvedere, Kent DA17 5BS.

We ask for family flowers only but any donations to the British Heart Foundation. Many thanks.

Jo Rees (Peter’s daughter)

14 June It is with great regret that we pass on the sad news that John Farley died at home on 13th June after a long and unpleasant illness. He was with his family at the end, and typically of John he slipped away quietly. John’s commemoration service will be at Brooklands Museum at 14:00 on Wednesday 10th October. Space will be limited; anyone interested in attending MUST register their interest by e-mail to

18 March Nick Stroud, editor of The Aviation Historian, is searching for information and photographs related to the Hawker Tempests and Sea Furies that served with the Royal Pakistan Air Force. If you have any direct knowledge, or know someone who might, please contact Nick at Even the most seemingly insignificant piece of in information would be helpful to Nick. Thank you. Chris Farara

10 March IMPORTANT NOTICE. The Duncan Simpson Memorial Service scheduled for 24 April, that is announced in the Spring newsletter, has been cancelled. At present there are no plans to re-schedule.

For Hawk enthusiasts - The Aviation Historian issue 11, published on April 15th, contains a 14 page feature on the Air Force of Zimbabwe's use of the Hawk in the Second Congo War during 1998–99. Details of what was called "the Hawk's finest hour" have only slowly emerged over the last 15 years.

Next Events

On Wed 10 October there is a John Farley Commemoration at Brooklands Museum (by invitation) so there will NOT be a meeting at the Hawker Centre at 14:00 or a committee meeting in the morning.

On Wed 26 September there is the annual visit. This year it's to the Heritage Centre at RAF Wittering, 'Home of the Harrier.'  There's no charge by them but we're asking for a £10 donation fee from each visitor which will be presented to them.  Use own or shared transport to get there, about 120 miles from the Kingston area, and we're meeting there at midday. We were offered places for up to 30 Members and guests and there are some places left so if you'd like to come please contact Frank Rainsborough via or phone 01784 247888. Your application will be acknowledged and you will be given further information and joining instructions.


02 September General Data Protection. The Hawker Association Data Protection Policy was published in

Newsletter 51 Summer 2018 that was sent to all members; .

30 August The end of Dunsfold aerodrome. Although there was strong opposition planning approval has been given for the development of Dunsfold Park; it includes 1800 houses and the removal of the runways.

17 August Newsletter 51 Summer 2018 PDF is available online.

01 August This web site has been developed and is maintained by Richard Cannon primarily to provide an additional communication and information channel for The Hawker Association.

Since its creation in 2003 until August 2018 it has been hosted on the web space include with my TalkTalk broadband. They gave me 2 weeks notice that it was being discontinued.

Member John Gardner offered me spare web space he had on; many thanks for being a big help. If anything isn’t working please let me know; if am not told I can’t fix it.  

24 July The Hawker Association has taken on an exiting new project involving the last Hunter T7 made (XL 623); story, video excellent 8:00 time lapse of lowering to ground. Video from initial study to lower XP 623 on to a lorry (16:30).

13 June was a fine day for the 30 members attending the excellent Summer BBQ; story, photos.

9 May  Ed Hui gave a very interesting talk on paper aeroplanes and many other topics.

11 April there was the AGM; Photos  

14 March Dick Poole gave a very interesting talk on the Harrier ski-jump flight trials to around 38 members and 7 guests; photos. Also Graham James, a Brooklands volunteer and a key member of the Harrier Special Interest Group section of the IPMS (International Plastic Modellers Society) displayed some of his Harrier models; photos of Graham’s collection of 32 models.

15 January When Google changed from Picasa Web Albums to Google Photos they removed the option to give public access to albums and the Photo link in the Menu stopped working; I couldn’t find a fix until now. Links to all 19 albums can be seen on one page again. It needed all the photos to be uploaded which meant all the links to albums have had to be updated; if there are any problems please let the webmaster know using the link in the banner. Unfortunately Google have disabled the fix and new albums won’t be seen in the albums page.

Association Ties are available at a cost of £7.50. Details


Are you a Member ? If you have worked for Hawkers or a successor company you are eligible to join. In addition membership may, at the discretion of the Committee, also be granted to those people who share the interests and aims of the Association. Check the list of qualifying companies. The subscription is only £5. Membership Application form; PDF Document (3kb).

Most of the talks given to the Association are videoed by Richard Cannon. If you missed a talk many are available as a video DVD; the List also gives links to the newsletter stories of talks.

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Canbury Park Road Factory