The 2018-2019 Talks Program is currently being organised and this page will be updated with the latest information.
The first four talks of the program have been finalised and are set out below.
21st September 2018
Alan Smith, former BAe Concorde test pilot and Training Captain will recount his experiences testing the Big White Bird and teaching airline pilots to fly it. This will form part of his flying life story beginning with RAF service on Gloucester Meteor night fighters and including airline flying experiences with numerous British operators
12th October 2018
The Bristol Aeroplane Company between 1945 and 1960
This is the talk that was originally scheduled for 2nd March 2018 but was postponed because of the heavy snowfall
2nd November 2018
Paul Ross of the Silver City Airways Association will give a talk on the History of the airline.
Silver City was the airline which operated for 16 years from the late 1940s pioneering the carriage of cars by air between Kent and the North Coast of France, long before RO RO ferries were invented or the Channel Tunnel was dug. They used Bristol Freighters and subsequently had the bigger Super Freighters developed specially for the service. The company operated a total of 18 other types of aircraft including the Handley Page Hermes airliner, powered by four Bristol Hercules engines
30th November 2018
Paul Beaver, the well-known Author, Broadcaster and Historian will give a talk on the operation of May 1943 of 617 Squadron, the Dam-Busters against the Dams of the Ruhr valley in Germany