Programme of Events updated 7Apr2020

At14:00 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, Kingston, KT2 5BH 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.
 Hawker Centre

Wednesday 8 January Test pilot collection by Jill Hollingworth
Wednesday 12 February Scenic highlihts from Travels in the US - Bob Catterson
Wednesday 11 March
Managing the closure of Kingston - Mike Frain
Unfortunately due to Covid-19 all future activities are postponed or cancelled until further notice
Wednesday 8 April
Wednesday 13 May "A Calamity and a Triumph" - Lorimer Burn
Wednesday 10 June
Summer barbecue
Wednesday 8 July

Wednesday 12 August

Wednesday 9 Septenber
Leo, the worldsfirst busines computer - Neville Lyons
Wednesday 14 October
The story of XP984 - David Collingridge
Wednesday 11 November
100th Anniversary of Hawker Engineering Co Ltd - David Hassard and Chris Farara
Wednesday 8 December

As a young girl Jill Hollingworth had a fascination with aircraft and the heroic pilots who tested them. Over many decades she was in correspondence with them and collated an unique collection of personal letters and signed photographs from the test pilots.

Bob Catterson joined HSA Kingston in 1974 as a graduate apprentice and from 1976 worked on Harrier/Hawk mechanical systems. In 1980, he moved to the Boeing Co in the US and led the wing hydraulics design on the Boeing 757 and 737-300. He rejoined BAe in 1983 and retired in 2011 as Chief Systems Engineer and Project Director in Strategic Capability Solutions.

   Mike Frain served a 5 year plus Engineering Apprenticeship with Unilever covering all aspects of Factory Maintenance. In 1972, he applied for and was offered the position of Deputy Works Engineer with Hawker Siddeley - Kingston / Dunsfold, followed by appointment as Works Engineer on the retirement of Alf Sheppard.
Lorimer Burn covers the Air France 447 accident in the south Alantic, and Capt Sully in the Hudson River.
    Unless stated otherwise, meetings are at 'YMCA Hawker, Kingston - the old Sports & Social Club - and start at 14.00. Lunch and drinks are available beforehand, tea afterwards, and there is a large, free car park.