Dunsfold Aerodrome has been selected as one of the 2008 Historic
Aerospace Sites by the American Institute of Aeronautics and
Astronautics Historic Aerospace Sites Committee (HASC) for its role in
the development of the P.1127 and Harrier.
intended in due course to mark the site with a bronze plaque. This
recognition, announced by the HASC Chairman, Anthony M Springer, in
February, has been achieved largely by the efforts of Hawker
Association Member Michael Price and VSTOL historian Mike Hirschberg.
It is with great sadness that we record the death of John Dale in March at the age of 93.
Appointed Bristol Engine's BS53 Development Engineer before the
prototype engine was run in 1959 he was responsible for the development
of the engine until his retirement as Chief Engineer Pegasus at
Rolls-Royce. Under his guidance the thrust of the engine doubled with
little change in size or weight. At the same time its life increased
substantially. The success of the Harrier owes a great deal to the work
of this outstanding engineer.