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Speakers & Events
All talks start at 19.30 hours unless otherwise stated





Thursday 20th June 2024

at 7.30pm

“Digging up Dad's Spitfire

The story of Spitfire N3249

A talk presented by Nigel Denchfield

Nigel will tell us about the excavations in France and show some of the aircraft parts that were recovered from the crash site.

Nigel's father was taken prisoner and sent to a POW camp




Thursday 16th May 2024

Night Intruder & Facing the Music

Anthony Inglis

Thursday 18th April 2024

The Goldfish Club

Art Stacy


Thursday 21st March 2024

Airshows, Rock v Roll & a castle

Alan Goldsmith

Thursday 15th February 2024

381st BG USAAF

Mike Peters

Thursday 16th November 2023

Tiger Tales

Clive Denny


Thursday 19th October 2023

Flying Helicopters

Ian Evans


Thursday 21st September 2023

Building Concorde

Tony Butler


Thursday 15th June 2023

A-10 Warthog Crew Chief

Andy Locke USAF Rtd

Thursday 18th May 2023

North America F86 Sabre

Rod Dean

Thursday 20th April 2023

The Shingle Street Mystery

Ron Clayton

Thursday 16th March 2023

Gliding Over the Andes

Terry Holloway


Thursday 17th February 2023

The Air France DC-4 Disasters 1950

Kevin Patience


Thursday 17th November

The Battle of Barking Creek

Nick Black

Thursday 20th October

The Stirling Project Update

Kevin Betts


Thursday 15th September

X-15 Rocket Plane

Nigel Macknight


Thursday 16th June 2022

The Polish Airforce & Airmen

Artur Bildziuk

Thursday 19th May 2022

Confessions of an Airshow Commentator

Ken Ellis

Thursday 21st April 2022

"Escape from Behind Enemy Lines" Graham Pitchfork

Thursday 17th March 2022

"100th Bomb Group USAAC" 

(The Bloody Hundreth)

Richard Gibson, Thorpe Abbotts Museum

Thursday 17th February 2022

"RAF Chedburgh" The Village Then & Now

A fully illustrated history presented by Jock Whitehouse

Thursday 16th September 2021

"SPITFIRE to SEAFIRE" (all 47 versions)

Rod Dean, Display Pilot

Thursday 21st October 2021

"Silver City Airways"

An illustrated talk by Paul Ross, Silver City Association

Thursday 18th November 2021

"AGM" followed by members evening and "Quiz Night"

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 September 2019

"Development of the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird"

A talk by Col. Rich Graham, USAF Rtd.

Thursday 17th October 2019     

"The Glostor Metetor & early jet engine development"

A talk by Rod Dean

Thursday 21st November 2019

"50 Years of Flying"

We welcome back Terry Holloway of Marshall's Aerospace

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"

Sam Worthington-Leese

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.

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