Speakers & Events
All talks start at 19.30 hours unless otherwise stated
2019 - 2020
Thursday 19th September 2019
"Development of the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird"
A talk by Col. Rich Graham, USAF Rtd.
Thursday 17th October 2019 (change to original programme)
"The Glostor Metetor & early jet engine development"
A talk by Rod Dean
Saturday 9th November 2019 - 11.00am
Act of Remembrance at the Stradishall Memorial
Thursday 21st November 2019
"50 Years of Flying"
We welcome back Terry Holloway of Marshall's Aerospace
Thursday 19th December 2019
"161 Squadron Moonlight Operations by Lysander in France"
An audio visual presentation from Simon Rymills & Ian Titman-Reade
Plus Members Christmas Evening
Thursday 16th January 2020
"The Real RFC in the Great War"
An illustrated talk by well known historian, Andy Robershaw
Thursday 20th February 2020
"RAF Weathersfield" WW2, Cold War & Present Day
A history by Ross Stewart, Weathersfield Museum
Thursday 19th March 2020
"The TSR2 Story"
A talk by Chris Blundell (who worked on the project)
Thursday 16th April 2020
"The de Havilland Trident Airliner"
A talk by Alistair Hodgson, Curator of the de Havilland & Mosquito Museum
Thursday 21st May 2020
AGM followed by:
"Confessions of an Airshow Commentator"
A Talk by Ken Ellis, former editor of FlyPast magazine"
Thursday 17th January 2019
"Wings for Sale"
A talk by Barry Lloyd, former British Aerospace regional sales manager
Thursday 21st February 2019
"Contact Patrol" RFC/RAF support for Infantry, Cavalry & Tanks on the Western Front
A talk by historian Mike Meech
Thursday 21st March 2019
"Aircraft - v- U-Boat"
A fully illustrated talk by Mike Pugh-Davis
Thursday 18th April 2019
"Demonstrating the Boeing 747 and other heavy aircraft"
A talk by Stephen Bohill-Smith, BA Captain
Thursday 16th May 2019
AGM at 19.00 prompt followed 19.30 by:
"Introducing the Tornado F2 & F3 into RAF service"
A fully illustrated talk by Rick Peacock-Edwards CBE, AFC, FRAeS
Thursday 20th September 2018
"The History of Boxted Airfield & the USAAF"
An illustrated talk by Richard Turner
Thursday 18th October
"Commonwealth War Graves Commission" Its history and work today
A talk by Anna Photi, CWGC eastern region
Saturday 10th November
Act of Remembrance at the Stradishall Memorial
Thursday 15th November
"The Hawker Typhoon Restoration Project"
Thursday 20th December
"Members Evening" Will include an exclusive screening of the film "Secret Spitfires"
Thursday 15th February 2018
"45 years in Aviation from Shop Floor to the Cockpit"
A talk by Derek Wickes
Thursday 15th March
"How Bill Tutte Won the War"
An illustrated talk by Richard Fletcher
Thursday 19th April
"The International Bomber Command Centre, Lincoln"
Paul Robinson OBE FRAeS, will explain the impact of WW2 Bomber Command on its environment and the RAF’s ethos, and by highlighting the skill and heroism of its air and ground crews, show how important it is to have a fitting international memorial to commemorate their sacrifice.
Thursday 17th May
"Flying and Displaying Vintage Piston Aircraft"
A fully illustrated talk exploring 30 years of flying by pilot Rod Dean
Thursday 21st September
“Flying the F-4 Phantom on 210 combat missions in the Vietnam War”
A talk by Col. Rich Graham, USAF, Rtd.
Thursday 19th October
"Stag Lane Aerodrome 1917 - 1934" Home of the Moth
An illustrated talk by Stuart McKay of the DH Moth Club
Thursday 16th November
"Flying the Harrier Jump Jet with the RAF"
A talk by pilot Les Evans
Thursday 14th December
"Churchill's Secret Airfield" RAF Tempsford
An illustrated talk by author Bernard O'Connor
Thursday 15th September “HeavyLift Reprised”
An informal evening with the aircrews that flew the Short Belfast, CL-44 Guppy & Boeing 707 on worldwide cargo operations from Stansted Airport
Thursday 20th October “Battle of Britain Anniversary Spitfires”
An illustrated talk by Clive Denny, Director of Vintage Fabrics
Thursday 17th November “Flying the Hawker Hunter & other fast jets”
An illustrated talk by Rod Dean, display pilot
Thursday 8th December “Concorde” A Magnificent Aircraft
An illustrated talk by Les Evans, BA.Concorde first officer
Thursday 19th January “My time with 74 Squadron”
Our own Mike Read’s personal experiences of serving with the RAF
Thursday 16th February "Oversexed, Over Paid & Over Here"
A talk by Ian McLachlan, Historian of the 385 BG
Thursday 16th March “The Air War over Korea”
An illustrated talk by Mike Pugh-Davis
Thursday 20th April "RFC Elmswell" Forgotten Sentinel of the Great War
A talk by Graham Mack and Peter Magee
Thursday 18th May
"Martin Baker" The ejector seat company
A talk by Mike Cameron
Thursday 17th September. Cliff Hall “94th BG USAAF”
Local historian Cliff Hall will give an illustrated talk about the 94th BG based at Rougham near Bury St Edmunds
Thursday 15th October. Terry Holloway “Unusual Aircraft”
Terry from Marshall Aviation will tell us about some very unusual aeroplanes!
Thursday 19th November. Bob Hale, Bentwaters Cold War Museum
Logistics for "Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm"
Thursday 10th December. Dr Barbara Walsh “Hubert Latham, Forgotten Aviation Pioneer”
A true story of the Edwardian era, high society, exploration, daring, politics, sabotage and possibly murder
Thursday 21st January 2016.
Jock Whitehouse “The History of 214 squadron (part 2)”
Our very own Jock will continue his history of 214 squadron
Thursday 18th February..
Chris French “Guild of Aviation Artists”
Chris will talk about and show a display of aviation art
Thursday 17th March.
(USAF Flight crews) “The F15 and the 48th Fighter Wing USAF, RAF Lakenheath”
Thursday 21st April. RH Lord Tebbit “Flying with the RAF and BOAC”
A local resident who needs no introduction, Norman will recount his flying career experiences.
Thursday 19th May.
Ken Ellis, “British Test Pilots”
The former editor of Flypast Magazine will give a talk about the background to his latest book.