For John Farley
Congratulations to John Farley who has been awarded an Honorary
Doctorate of Engineering by Kingston University. The Degree was
conferred on John by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Peter Scott, at a
ceremony at the Barbican Centre on 31 January. John's earlier career
will be familiar to Members. However, since retiring from test flying
in 1999 (he flew 80 different types and was the first western test
pilot to fly the Mig-29), he has participated at Lockheed Martin in the
Joint Strike Fighter programme and runs the Schools Aerospace Challenge
and the International Aerospace Summer School, both of which aim to
motivate young people to take up careers in aeronautics and aviation.
V/Stol Award For Ralph Hooper
The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
V/STOL Committee has selected Ralph Hooper to receive their prestigious
FE Newbold award "For the conception and leadership of the design and
development of the Hawker P.1127 and Harrier family of fixed-wing jet
V/STOL combat aircraft.", to quote the citation.
Ralph was nominated by Peter Curtis (BAES) with official support from
Michael Pryce, Mike Hirschberg, Phillip Payne (BAES) and Mike Turner,
and unofficial help in writing the nomination from your Editor. The
award will be presented at the International Powered Lift Conference
dinner at the RAF Museum in July. Peter Curtis is chairman of the
Conference Technical Committee and will be master of ceremonies
throughout the conference.
congratulates Ralph on his selection for this honour which,
incidentally, was also given to Gordon Lewis, so now both aircraft and
engine designers have been recognised.