|by Bill Bawden, PRO|
21 February 2008
Yesterday's Air Force
The guest speaker at the recent meeting of the AirCrew Association at Fairoaks Airport was Air Commodore Norman Jackson who gave the members an absorbing account of the Royal Air Force during the post-World War II years.
Air Cdre Jackson described the run-down from the vast numbers of aircraft and personnel in 1945 to become the much smaller professional service and the introduction of new aircraft and technology in the era of the Cold War.
The ACA Woking Branch webmaster, Wing Commander David Jackson, held a live workshop for members at the Farnborough Air Sciences Trust (FAST). With an internet-connected computer allied to a projector screen, David illustrated many of the applications and tecniques that will enable his audience to make greater and more efficient use of their own equipment.
First British Flight Centenary
After lunch the party were given a talk by Dr Graham Rood of FAST on the project to build a full-size replica of Samuel Cody's Flyer 1A, the first aircraft to make a powered flight in Britain at Farnborough on October 16th 1908. They then visited the hangar in which an enthusiastic band of volunteers is contructing the replica that will be seen at the Farnborough Air Show in September and, a month later, at the centenary celebrations.
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