Programme of Events - 2009 updated 31Dec09
|At 2:00 pm on the second Wednesday of each month there will be a meeting, normally at the YMCA Hawker Centre (was the Hawker Sports and Social Club), Lower Ham Road, Kingston on Thames, unless indicated otherwise.||There is a well stocked bar, and good inexpensive lunches and snacks are available. We hope members will avail themselves of these. There is plenty of free parking space.|
|2009 PROGRAMME tbd = To Be Decided|
|Wed 14 January||Social gathering with annual quiz|
|Wed 11 February||Testing V/STOL Projects -|
|Wed 11 March||Folland; the Spirit of Hamble -|
|Wed 8 April||Annual General Meeting and Schnelflight Jump Jet -|
|Wed 13 May|| The Kestrel Evaluation Squadron
and more -
|Wed 10 June||Summer Barbeque at the Hawker Centre, NOTE earlier time of 1.00 pm|
|Wed 8 July|| America -
|Wed 12 August||Social gathering and Video|
|Wed 9 September||Social gathering and Video|
|Wed 17 September|| Visit to Rolls Royce
|Wed 14 October|| Making them right - an
engineer at Hawkers 1936-76 -
|Wed 11 November|| BAE Systems heritage programe
- postponed and replaced with
Handley Page Limited - 60 years of achievement -
|Wed 9 December||Xmas Lunch at the Hawker Centre|
| Historian Dr
Micheal Pryce (Feb) spoke
to us about Kingston projects in November 2005 (see NL.
Jim Morley (April) did an apprenticeship with Vickers
at Weybridge and later was involved with VC10 and Concorde testing. He has been flying models for over 40 years.
Sir Donald Spiers (May) . After serving an apprenticeship with the de Havilland Engine Company, Sir Donald became a gas turbine development engineer in the Halford Lab at Hatfield. He joined the Air Ministry in 1961 and worked on several operational research topics, including the Kestrel evaluation trials in 1965. He has also held the posts of Asst Chief Scientist to the RAF, project director for various aircraft, including Hawk, and Controller Aircraft in the MoD.
| Dick Wise (July).
Dick’s background is very much Avionics at Kingston, where he worked
for many years. He then moved to Project Management. From here he
became BAe’s man in Washington DC where he remained until his recent
retirement. He is therefore well briefed to talk to us about the likely
changes that may result from the new regime in the USA.
David Hassard (Oct). David is Charles Plantin's son-in-law whose talk will cover the work at Kingston of this outstanding engineer.
John Parker (Nov). John resided in Project Management at Kingston and is now at Farnborough, mainly involved with Harrier. For several years he was “our man in St Louis”. As he approaches retirement he has been given an additional role to look after the Heritage material that is held by BAESYSTEMS, and this is what he is going to talk to us about.