On August 1st HMS Invincible, the World's first purpose built V/STOL
carrier, sailed quietly into Portsmouth for the last time, for
How time flies! I (Ed.) still have vivid memories of going with John
Fozard in May 1977, to witness the launching of Invincible from No.3
berth, Vickers Shipyard, Barrow-in-Furness. It was my first close look
at a modern warship out of the water and, as an aeronautical engineer,
was mightily impressed by the massive scale and heavy construction.
John Farley took our Harrier two seater demonstrator, G-VTOL, to fly
over the ship post launch on May 3rd, carrying commemorative covers
organised by Trevor Jordan.
Afterwards a group of HSA Kingston people went to an excellent
restaurant (the Miller Howe) overlooking Lake Windermere to celebrate
the importance of this launching in the story of the Harrier.
Duxford new hanger and Concord
A full coach load of Members and their guests visited the Imperial War Museum at Duxford Aerodrome on September 7th.
We met in the car park of the Hawker Centre at Kingston and all who had
booked set off on time, including our Chairman, Ambrose Barber, who had
experienced a nerve-wracking traffic-ridden journey from Petersfield;
he just made it!
Our excellent driver got us to Duxford speedily and smoothly so we were all ready to go on arrival.
Several Members started at the licenced cafe or restaurant for
nourishment and a drink before spending the afternoon touring the five
hangars. Not only were complete aircraft on display, but also projects
under restoration could be examined and the enthusiastic staff
Blessed with good weather, we were also lucky to see a bright blue
Spitfire fly in, specially painted for a forthcoming celebration in
Malta, to where it will fly with a Hurricane.
This outstandingly enjoyable event was organised by Percy Collino who
received a well deserved cheer on the way home. He is already working
on next year's visit to the Fleet Air Arm Museum at Yeovilton