Programme of Events - 2005 updated 15Nov05

At 2:00 pm on the second Wednesday of each month there will be a meeting, normally at the YMCA Hawker Centre (was the Hawker Sports and Social Club), Lower Ham Road, Kingston on Thames, unless indicated otherwise. There is a well stocked bar, and good inexpensive lunches and snacks are available. We hope members will avail themselves of these. There is plenty of free parking space.
 Hawker Centre

Wed 12 January Social gathering with aviation quiz
Wed 9 February Reminiscences of a Salesman - John I Parker
Wed 9 March Development of the Boxer Utility Aircraft and Singapore Hunter - David Lockspeiser
Wed 13 April Video and Members meeting socially
Sat 23 April Annual General Meeting
Wed 11 May Sea Harrier, Introduction, Operation & Future - Cdr Tim Gedge
Wed 8 June Summer Barbeque
Wed 13 July Once upon a Time I was a Regional Executiv - Peter Boxer
Wed 10 August Video and Members meeting socially
Wed 7 September Visit to IWM Duxford (coach departing 9:30 am, booking essential)
Wed 14 September Video and Members meeting socially
Wed 12 October The Influence of German R&D in WW2 - Ralph Denning
Wed 9 November Beyond the Harrier, Kingston's Projected Harrier Successors - Michael Pryce
Wed 14 December Xmas Lunch Hawker Centre, 12.30 for 13:00, Menu; NOTE EARLIER TIME
Ralph Denning, on graduating from the University of Wales, worked for the Government on Aircraft Project Assessment before joining Bristol's Engine Division, later part of Rolls-Royce, in 1949. He was closely involved with Harrier, Concorde and other programmes and for twenty years was Chief Engineer (New Projects - Bristol). He was a member of Sir Roy Fedden's mission of aeronautical experts who went to Germany in 1945 to review that country's aeronautical developments. Ralph Denning draws on his experiences as a member of the British scientific staff in this historical review. Michael Pryce studied the P.1154 project for his MSc at Imperial College and is now a PhD student at the University of Sussex working on the role of conceptual design in military procurement, focusing on supersonic VSTOL projects at Kingston, and Warton, from 1960-88. This work forms the background to his talk.

Christmas Lunch
Following the successes of the last two years Percy Collino has arranged another lunch for this year at the Hawker Centre and negotiated the low £15 price. Book and pay for your tickets at the next meeting or phone Percy on 020 8337 8143 then send him a cheque payable to The Hawker Association. Seating is limited so again it will have to be a 'no partners' event.