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News updated 12Dec2021

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On 8 December there is the 18th Xmas lunch at the YMCA Hawker; details, MUST be booked by 3rd December. There is not a committee meeting in the morning.

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

10 November Steve Philpott talk on “Hawker Hurricane - dispelling historical myths of Hurricane vs Spitfire was very interesting; the Hurricane shot down more than everything else together. There was a very good attendance of 30 plus 25 on Zoom.

13 October The first meeting at the YMCA Hawker combined with Zoom for those who couldn't come was a great success. Story, Photos

27 August Newsletter 61 Autumn 2021 PDF is available online.

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.

09 May 40 members attended the extremely interesting Zoom talk by Rowland White on the Harrier 809 squadron and the Falkland war. A recording on YouTube is available to members.  

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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