Newsletter 15
? Winter 2006
Updated on 9Dec2006
Aviation Heritage Project
Dunsfold Wings & Wheels
Female Angle
Flight Test from a Desk
Harrier News
Hawk News
Graduate Apprentices
Hawker People News
Hugh Merewether
  1924 - 2006, Test Pilot
  Flight Development
  Faster, Higher, Further
  Spinning With Hugh
JSF Progress
Sea Furies at Reno
Sea Harrier ZA195
Sea Hawk Recovered
Sir Sydney & Sir George
Sopwith & Bradshaw
Summer's Day at Dunsfold
Vulcan to the Skies
Published by the Hawker Association
for the Members.
Contents © Hawker Association

Hawker People News
We have just learned that Eric Crabbe, Folland and 'Hawker' Dunsfold flight test aerodynamicist, died in May this year. George Bunt, of Systems Engineering, died on 4th November.

The Association sends condolences to families and friends.
Sir Sydney and Sir George

The publication of Sir George Edwards's biography  ('From Bouncing Bombs to Concorde' by Robert Gardner, published by Sutton) prompted John Crampton to remember an incident at Paris airport...

About forty years ago, could be forty five, I was waiting to fly home from Paris Orly after the Paris Air Show of that year and found myself sitting next to Sir Sydney and Lady Camm in the departure lounge; all quite by chance. I muttered a courteous "Good morning , sir - Lady Camm", and as we waited I said to Sir Sydney that I thought we'd be flying home in the first Vickers Vanguard to enter service with BEA. That got no more than a "Humpf..."

Then we were invited outside to walk to the aeroplane as we did in those days. Half way to the aircraft Sir Sydney suddenly stopped and stared at the shiny new aeroplane in its smart BEA livery. "Come on Sydney", said Lady Camm, "You're holding everyone up", which he was. Sir Sydney stood his ground and stared, glared at the new aircraft. After a few moments he moved on muttering, "Poor old Edwards, 'e 'asn't got it right."