'V Bomber Crew Escape' and 'History of Westlands'
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'V Bomber Crew Escape' and 'History of Westlands'

 Export to Your Calendar 29/05/2019
When: Wednesday, May 29, 2019
11:00 AM
Where: The Valdoe
Chichester, West Sussex  P018 OPJ
United Kingdom
Contact: Mick Watt
020 7591 3134

Online registration is available until: 26/05/2019
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The HANG Spring meeting will be held on Wed 29 May 2019 from 11am to 4pm and will again be at The Valdoe, Goodwood, Chichester PO18 0PJ which is just north of the airfield. Friends of members and other interested people are welcome but please remember the need for prior booking.

Doors will open at 1100 for coffee and the first talk will start at 1130. Lunch will be at 1230. The second talk will be at 1330 and tea and biscuits will be served at 1430. There will be time for questions after the talks with the chance of leaving sometime after 1500 to avoid rush hour traffic.

The topics will be ‘The Saga of Rear Crew Escape from V Bombers’ and ‘The History of Westland Aircraft’.

The navigator's station on Avro Vulcan XM602. Photo credit AirTeamImages..

Jeff Jefford, our first speaker, joined the RAF in 1959. His flying experience included tours on Canberras with No 45 Squadron in Singapore, on Vulcans with Nos 83 and 50 Squadrons and as an air navigation instructor with No 6 FTS. He left the RAF to read history at London University graduating with First Class Honours in 1994. Jeff will explore the issue raised In June 1964 by the Earl of Kinnoull. He asked the Government whether, in view of the increasing number of Royal Air Force personnel killed in V-Bomber accidents, they will reconsider the decision to supply only the pilot and co-pilot with ejector seats.

Westland Lysander IIIa 'V9367 - MA-B'. Photo credit Wiki.

Bill McNaught, our second speaker, joined Westland Helicopters in 1961 as an engineering apprentice and spent 25 years with the company. Westland Aircraft’s history covers 70 years from its inception by ‘ironmongers’ Ernest and Percival Petter in 1915 through its fixed-wing design and production period which ended around 1948. This was followed by its far-sighted decision to initiate helicopter production which concluded in 1986 with the infamous ‘Westland Affair’ that led to major changes in ownership.

The charge will be £12 which covers a buffet lunch, wine, coffee, tea, and chocolate biscuits. Any queries should be addressed to hang@rin.org.uk.

Prior booking and payment should be made on the RIN website before Mon 27 May. Select from the home screen ‘Events/event calendar’ and scroll down to 29 May. Click on the title of the talk, scroll down and click on ‘Related links/book tickets’ at bottom left of screen. If you have difficulty contact mick on admin@rin.org.uk or 020 7591 3134.

We are looking for any ‘casual’ speakers to talk for no more than 10 minutes at the meeting about their own V bomber experiences; brief, informal, no slides, just stand up and talk, 5-10 minutes. Oh… and as a speaker, you would get a free lunch. Offers to hang@rin.org.uk.