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Wednesday 11 March Managing the closure of Kingston - Mike Frain. There will be a committee meeting in the morning.

27 January Chris Farara has created Five newsletter content Indexes. The newsletters contain reports and stories on AGMs (PDF), Contributions by members (PDF),News (PDF),  Talks (PDF), and Visits (PDF); click one of these links to display an index page in a new window, PDF displays a PDF file (better for printing), some contain links that display a newsletter page for the story in a new window. More complete is a list of events created by Frank Rainsborough; Events 2003-2017 as PDF, no links.

11 December 36 members had an excellent Xmas lunch at the YMCA Hawker Centre with large portions and unexpected mulled wine.

21 November Newsletter 55 Winter 2019 PDF is available online.

09 November John Allen’s sons, David and Peter, sent us this: We regret to announce the death of our father, John Elliston Allen. He passed away peacefully at home on 25th October 2019, aged 98 years. John will be sadly missed by all his family, friends and colleagues. The Funeral Service is at Holy Trinity Church, Blythburgh, Suffolk IP19 9LP on Friday 22nd November 2019 at 11am. Family flowers only please. If you wish to make a donation, we will be collecting for The Royal Aeronautical Society (Charity #313708) and for Solebay Care Fund (Charity #1144108) and there will be an opportunity to give on the day. Refreshments will be provided after the service at The Westleton Crown, The Street, Westleton, Suffolk IP17 3AD


06 November Sadly John Arthur died on 02 November. The funeral will be on 25 November at 12:30 at Randall's Park Crematorium, Randalls Road, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 0AG, Telephone: 01372 363181 / 01372 373813. Some members will remember the walks John led for the BAeS Kingston Retirement Association; 2 or 3 per year between 1991 and 2004; list of walks.

From 1940 to 1946 much of the Hawker Design team was based at Claremont mansion just outside of Esher for greater safety. The Sir Sydney Camm Science and Technology building opened at the Claremont Fan Court School this year. On 31 October around 20 members had a very interesting private visit and tour of the school. Claremont mansion has a very interesting history starting in 1708. In 1816 Claremont was bought by the nation as a wedding present for George IV's daughter Princess Charlotte. Queen Victoria was a frequent visitor to Claremont both as a child and as an adult   

14 October You may know that Art Nalls has the only privately owned Sea Harrier. I think this video about how he got to owning it interesting.

Via a circuitous route the information in the ‘Langley story’ link below has come from Angela Bailey, neé Murphy, who is the daughter of around 1950s Hawker’s Test Pilot, Frank Murphy. Langley Airfield, near Slough, was a Hawker Aircraft airfield and factory from 1938 to 1958. The Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust (ABCT) are fully sponsoring a carved granite memorial to commemorate Langley Airfield, which will be unveiled on what is left of the original air field, on Saturday October 5th, 11am, at Harvey Park, Tamar Way, Langley, SL3-8TA, Langley story. The unveiling story and pictures. Angela displayed some very high quality professionally created ‘Scrapbooks’ of photos and press cuttings of Frank etc.

21 August The first 1182 Hawk XX154 flew on 21 August 1974. Exactly 45 years later it made its last “flight” from Boscombe Down to Old Sarum Aerodrome; story and photos.

23 July Hawker Association photos There are about 26 albums; most photos are by Frank Rainsborough. I don't know what isn't working. If anyone finds things not working, has problems or knows a better way to manage and display photos please let Richard Cannon (Webmaster) know; more.

On 10 July Mick Mansell gave a very interesting talk on the JSF Story, Photos

12 April Top 10 Pilot Carrier Takeoffs & Landings (10:15); I found some of this very interesting especially from 1:40 to 4:40 which is a Harrier landing with a failed nose wheel.

On March 13 Ambrose Barber gave a talk on “Fresh Interests Since Retirement”; story, photos

On Wednesday 9th February Chris Roberts gave a very interesting talk on the pioneers in Aviation from Chinese kites to the space age; story, photos

 TopThe climbing Hunter on long pages is a link to the top of the page; it may not always work.

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


16 January We are saddened to hear of the death of Bob Head, who passed peacefully away on January 9th in his 96th year. Bob worked at Kingston for many years in the Design Dept. and became Head of Weights after the retirement of Ian Nightingale. Many people will have happy memories of working with him on Harrier, Hawk and advanced project teams. Bob's funeral service will be held at 12pm on 5th February in Our Lady of Help of Christians Catholic Church in North Camp, Farnborough. The address is 1a Sherborne Road, Farnborough, GU14 6JS. Afterwards there is a reception in the Squirrel Inn, 125 Park Road, Farnborough, GU14 6LR. All are welcome to the church, but if you wish to attend the reception, please inform Ken Batstone (01932 229938), who will pass on this information to the funeral organisers for catering purposes.


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 2003-2009 is a web page with links to the newsletter stories of talks. There is also a 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 £7. Membership Application form; PDF Document (3kb).

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