In case you didn’t notice the subtle indication above I must point out that this is the 50th Newsletter. I hope you have enjoyed reading them as much as I have enjoyed compiling them, writing the talk reports and other regular features, and editing your contributions. The latter are the most important parts of the Newsletter as they record what it was like to work for ‘Hawker’, what you did and whom you worked with. There is a personal story in this Newsletter which I know many of you will find particularly interesting as it concerns people you probably worked with or knew at Kingston.

Chris Farara

Without your contributions the Newsletter is less interesting and less valuable. I have just about used up the backlog of articles so please put keyboard to screen or pen to paper and tell me what you did at Hawker or HSA or BAe. You will be surprised how memories come flooding back once you start. So why not make it a new year’s resolution to remember and write? As I have said before, it doesn’t matter how rough you think your article is, it’s my job to polish it up!
    Some 30 Members still owe their subscriptions for 2017-2018 - see the back page please.

With this Newsletter is the AGM notice and the renewal form for 2018-2019. Please send your payments to Secretary Barry Pegram, not to the Editor or Treasurer.
    Members will be sad to hear that retired Dunsfold Chief Test Pilot Duncan Simpson died on December 5th, just before his 90th birthday. There will be a memorial service at St Clement Danes on April 24th

Please send your contributions to: The Editor, Chris Farara, 24 Guildown Road, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 4EN, tel 01483 825955, or e-mail Chris Farara E-mail.

Send any membership correspondence to The Secretary, Barry Pegram, 12 Becket Wood, Newdigate, Surrey, RH5 5AQ or. Tel 01306 631125.