Newsletter 12
Spring 2006
Updated on 25Feb2006
Published by the Hawker Association
for the Members.
Contents © Hawker Association

Arado crescent criticisms
Association ties
Beyond the Harrier
Christmas lunch
Col. John Driscoll
Comet to Hawk
Double testimonial
Hawk news
Hawker people news
Indian Harrier
Kingston heritage project
News of members
Not boring at all
Programme 2006
RAF Harrier story
RN CVF carrier and F-35b
Sea Harrier finale
Sea Fury racers
Sopwith stories
Thomas Allan Collinson
Who's who?  

PROGRAMME FOR 2006 at February 2006

* = to be confirmed
Wednesday 8th March "My Three Jobs in the Front Office" - Chris Roberts.
Wednesday 12th April AGM, social and video.
Wednesday 10th May "The Kestrel Tripartite Evaluation Squadron" - Air Cdr David Scrimgeour.
Wednesday 14th June Summer Barbecue - 1.00pm
Wednesday 12th July "Boeing Training in the UK" - Keith Hertzenberg.
Wednesday 9th August Social with video.
Wednesday 13th September Social with video.
Thursday 21st September Coach trip to the Fleet Air Arm Museum, Yeovilton.
Wednesday 11th October *"The Future of RN Aviation" - An RN Officer.
Wednesday 8th November *"Competition Sailplanes" - Afandi Darlington.
Wednesday 13th December Christmas Lunch - 12.30 pm.
Unless stated otherwise, meetings are at the Hawker Centre - the old Sports & Social Club - and start at 2.00 pm. Lunch and drinks are available beforehand, tea afterwards, and there is a large, free car park.

Chris Roberts, best known to us as a Chief Test Pilot at Dunsfold, had an earlier career in the RAF and a later one in civil aviation, hence the three front office jobs. David Scrimgeour was the CO of the Kestrel Evaluation Squadron so will talk to us from first hand experience. Keith Hertzenberg is an old McDonnell- Douglas colleague now with Boeing and in charge of product training in the UK.
Percy Collino has once again negotiated a good price for the hire of a 50 seater coach to take Members and guests down to Somerset to visit the excellent FAA Museum at NAS Yeovilton. The Sea Harriers may have left but there is still plenty to see in the way of 'Hawker' types and other aircraft in the museum. As for last year's very successful Duxford visit the coach will leave from the Hawker Centre where cars may be parked free of charge. Departure time on Thursday 21st September is 8.45 am and we expect to back at about 7.00 pm. Attractions include P.1127 XP980 and all Kingston's naval fighters back to the Sea Fury. The technically minded will enjoy studying the BS.100 engine for the P.1154. The "Carrier Experience" display reproduces the sights and sounds of a live carrier deck whilst launching a Phantom, and a Concorde prototype is there together with its supporting research aircraft.

The price, including the museum entrance, fee is just £15 for members and £17.50 for guests. You will be pleased to hear that there is a licensed restaurant! Book through Percy Collino at meetings or by telephone on 0208 3378143.