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News updated 1Jul2021

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The easing of Covid restrictions is very good news. On Wed 11 August there will be the Summer BBQ at the Hawker Centre, Richmond Road. This always enjoyable and friendly event will commence at 12.30 (note the earlier time). Book and pay Ken Batstone, by Saturday 1st August; details. This event offers the first opportunity for our Association Members and guests to gather together in person since 11 March 2020. There will NOT be a committee meeting in the morning.

Guide to Virtual Meetings using Zoom

Unfortunately the YMCA Hawker Centre meeting venue is closed to us; all future activities, except for Zoom virtual meetings, and the BBQ, have been postponed or cancelled until further notice.

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:

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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