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News updated 16Aug2021

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08 September Unfortunately the YMCA aren't ready. There wiil be no talk meeting or committee meeting at the Hawker Centre or by Zoom; they have been moved to 13 October.

G-VTOL first flew on 16 September 1971. On 15  September there is a 50th Anniversary Visit to G-VTOL at Brooklands Museum with a Programme of events for Hawker Association members starting at 10:30. Members will need to enter via the Mercedes Gate and pay the normal entry fee.

13 October  There will be a a meeting at 14:00 at the Hawker Centre. The 100th anniversary of Harry Hawker's untimely death; David Hassard will talk on  “The extraordinary life and career of Harry Hawker 1889 to 1921”. The meeting should also be available on Zoom. There will be a committee meeting in the morning at 11:00.


Good news the YMCA Hawker Centre meeting venue is OPEN to us from October. We hope to be able to make some meetings also available on zoom.

13 August Barry Pegram's funeral at St Martin's, Dorking, was at the same time a sad and joyous occasion. It was sad to have lost Barry but it was joyous because so many of his family, friends and colleagues came to celebrate his life. The large church was close to full and afterwards at the Burford Bridge Hotel a large number of the mourners enjoyed a good tea whilst remembering Barry's life.

22 May Commemoration Of The First Flight Of The Hawker P.1067 (Hunter) - At the last committee meeting, 12 May 2021, it was noted that the 20th July is the 70th anniversary of the first flight of the Hunter and it was suggested that the Hawker Association should mark this in some way. Amazingly the aircraft WB188 is displayed at the Tangmere Military Aircraft Museum and it was suggested that it could be the focal point for a July HA visit on the day.

WB188 was the first Hunter and was converted as the sole Mk3 for the successful attempt on the World’s Absolute Airspeed Record of 727.6 mph on 7th September 1953 piloted by Neville Duke. The museum also has an F Mk 5 on display.

We need to gauge the level of interest in a visit to the museum in order to enable them to consider hosting us. As they are a charity we would expect to pay the £8 admission fee. If you would like to take part in the visit please will you urgently email: dickpoole@btinternet.com

15 May Newsletter 60 Summer 2021 PDF is available online.

09 May 40 members attended the extremely interesting Zoom talk by Rowland White on the Harrier 809 squadron and the Falkland war.

13 January 36 members ‘attended’ the very interesting virtual presentation by David Hassard using Zoom talking about the 1919 Great Trans-Atlantic Air Race won by Alcock and Brown in a Vickers Vimy.


Kingston Aviation Centenary Project (KACP)

The website continues to be updated with very interesting weekly stories of Sopwith 100 years ago, Hawker People stories and photos added to the gallery.

There is a very interesting set of PDF files giving a short history of the Ham factory; best to return to the Menu, from a pdf file display, using the back arrow or backspace key.

Brooklands Museum

The Re-Engineering Brooklands project.

The museum needs volunteers; could you spend a few hours a week helping out. More

    

 There are 6 Newsletter Indexes of stories appearing in newsletters. Each index displays a list of stories and a link to display the story in a new window.

From November 2020 we have provided talks to members using Zoom; catalogue of talks recorded and available as unlisted on YouTube by a link.

 Most of the talks given to the Association are videoed by Richard Cannon. If you missed a talk many are available as a video DVD; the List 2003-2009 is a web page with links to the newsletter stories of talks.

Association Ties are available at a cost of £7.50. Details

Are you a Member ? If you have worked for Hawkers or a successor company you are eligible to join. In addition membership may, at the discretion of the Committee, also be granted to those people who share the interests and aims of the Association. Check the list of qualifying companies. The subscription is only £7. Membership Application form; PDF Document (3kb).

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