Programme of Events 2021 updated 21ul2021
|At 14:00 on the second Wednesday
of each month there will
be a meeting, normally at the YMCA Hawker Centre (was the Hawker Sports
and Social Club), Lower Ham Road, Kingston on Thames, Kingston, KT2 5BH
unless indicated otherwise.
|There is a well stocked bar, and
good inexpensive lunches and
snacks are available. We hope members will avail themselves of these.
There is plenty of free parking space.||Unfortunately
due to Covid-19 all activities, except for Zoom
virtual meetings and those after 14 July have been postponed or cancelled until further notice because the Hawker Centre is closed to us.
|Wednesday 13 January
|The 1919 Great Trans-Atlantic
Air Race won by Alcock and Brown in a Vickers Vimy -
. Zoom virtual meeting. |
|Wednesday 10 February
|Ex-Dunsfold test pilots
, and talking
and answering questions on their experiences. Zoom virtual Forum. |
|Wednesday 10 March
Evolution of 'The Royal Aero Club' to the Present day and Early Flying
in Southern England - Zoom
virtual meeting .
|Wednesday 14 April
||AGM followed by Colin Wilson talking on his art. Zoom virtual meeting.
|Wednesday 12 May
anniversary of the Falklands War - Zoom virtual meeting.
|Wednesday 0f9 June
|Aircraft Evolution -
- Zoom virtual meeting. |
|Wednesday 14 July
|‘LEO' (Lyons Electronic Office), the first Business Computer -
Zoom virtual meeting.|
|Tuesday 20 july
|Visit to Tangmere Military Aviation Museum for First P1067 Hunter WB1888 70 anniversary of first flight. WB1888 is in the museum.
|Wednesday 11 August
|Summer BBQ will take place at the Hawker Center.
|Wednesday 15 Serptember
|Thursday 16 Serptember
||50th Anniversary of G-Vtol (Brooklands Museum :: A Civil Jump-Jet Brooklands) first flght, activity TBA
|Wednesday 13 October
|Wednesday 10 November
|Wednesday 08 December
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served as a Regular Royal Signals Officer for 31
years followed by a second career as Executive of National and European
Electronics Trade Associations.
One of his retirement occupations has been researching his family
history where he found proof of his relationship to Sir Joseph Lyons
co-founder of J Lyons & Co, the giant catering company. Sir Joseph
was a cousin to Neville`s grandfather and this led him to deeper
research into the company`s history and the story of LEO.
is a trustee of the Royal Aero Club Trust. He started as
Vickers-Armstrongs apprentice in 1960.He worked as an aerodynamicist in
the Military Aircraft Project Office. In 1969 he transferred to Flight
Test at Wisley. He then transferred to the Concorde programme at
Fairford until joining Hawker's Flight Development Department at
Dunsfold. He was made Chief Flight Test Engineer in 1984 and was
promoted in 1987 to the role of Assistant Chief Designer for the UK
portion of the AV8B. This was followed with a number of Chief Engineer
type roles at Kingston until moving to Warton as Chief Engineer Light
Combat Aircraft and New Jet Trainers. He finished his career working on
Sea Harrier replacements and JSF, first with McDonnel -Douglas and then
Lockheed-Martin. He retired as a consultant in 2000
is a best-selling author. He grew up in Cambridge, and began
learning and writing about aviation as a child, before studying Modern
History at the University of Liverpool. He now lives in a village near
Cambridge that is satisfyingly close to the Imperial War Museum at
worked in the aircraft industry
for 62 years. During his 2½ years in the Installations Department of
HAL Kingston he witnessed the first tethered hover of the P.1127
prototype. His talk begins with the myth, legend and history of