Forthcoming Talks : 2021

Talks are on the last Thursday of each month at 19:30 (No Talks are held in August and December). The Zoom ticket price is £5.00. In person Talks at the Fleet Air Arm Museum for the trial October and November Talks are £4. Non members are very welcome. For Talks at the Museum, entry is via the lower (wheelchair) access gate, which is to the left of the main entrance stairs. Latecomers should ring the bell at the left of the gate to gain admission.

These are very popular events and tickets must be purchased online for both Zoom and the ‘in person’ talks. Tickets are available online via PayPal. Other payment options are available by BACS and Cheque, scroll to the bottom of this page to see options. Tickets may also be available from the Museum Ticket Box in due course, subject to Covid-19 restrictions opening hours. We are working on this option.

For further details on any of the monthly talks, please contact us.

Sqn Ldr (retd) Rod Dean and the development of the North American F-86 Sabre.

This replaces the SR-71 Blackbird Talk as Col Rich Graham had to unfortunately cancel.

Thursday 30 September 2021 at 19:30

The North American F-86 Sabre was, followed swiftly by the Russian MiG 15, the first swept-wing jet fighter to enter service in 1949.  It went on to have a long and illustrious career with a total of 9860 being built, with many of these being licence produced in a number of countries, most notably by Canada.  It served in the day fighter, night fighter, ground attack and reconnaissance roles in air forces too numerous to mention and was still in service with the Pakistan Air Force up to 1980.

Rod covers the initial design and subsequent development of the whole family of the North American Aviation F-86 aircraft including the U S Navy variants and construction in Canada and Australia and concludes with a brief look at the final development, the F-100 Super Sabre and the F-107.

We are grateful to Rod for stepping in at short notice to to ensure our September Talk could still go ahead.  If however you wish to receive a refund for the original talk or defer your payment to another Talk, please email and state your preference.

You need to pay just £5.00 for this Zoom presentation. There are three ways to pay and these are stated at the bottom of this page.

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Joint Air Delivery Test and Evaluation Unit by Lt. Col. Sam Allinson

Thursday 28 October 2021 at 19:30
This talk is ‘in person’ and will also be available on Zoom at the same time.

The primary role of Joint Air Delivery Test and Evaluation Unit (JADTEU) is to conduct operational trials and evaluation to develop the delivery by air of personnel, machines and materiel on behalf of sponsors. In addition it provides advice/recommendations to MOD sponsors, other government departments, civilian industry and foreign governments on all air transport matters.

In other words, if a ‘load’ or ‘persons’ goes into a military aircraft or helicopter and comes out via the ramp or door, JADTEU tests the systems, creates the rule book and makes the techniques possible for air and ground delivery of equipment and personnel for the UK and foreign militaries.  This talk is given by the units officer commanding and will be a very interesting insight into an activity many may take for granted.

You need to pay just £5.00 for this Zoom presentation or £4 if you are coming to the Museum to hear this talk in person. The PayPal link at the bottom of this page will be live at the beginning of October. Other methods of Payment are also shown.

RAF Presentation Team

Thursday 25 November 2021 at 19:30
This talk is ‘in person’ and will also be available on Zoom at the same time.

The RAF is engaged today in 15 missions across 22 countries. The Team delivers an exciting and informative talk about the modern Royal Air Force. As serving RAF personnel with a wide breadth of experience, including active duty on recent British military operations worldwide, we are very proud of our Service and take great delight in informing and enlightening our audiences.

You need to pay just £5.00 for this Zoom presentation or £4 if you are coming to the Museum to hear this talk in person. The PayPal link at the bottom of this page will be live at the beginning of November. Other methods of Payment are also shown.


Taming Eagles: Disarming the Luftwaffe, 1945-1948 with Chris Rogers

Thursday 27 January 2022 at 19.30

In the closing months of World War 2, the RAF formed ten Air Disarmament Wings comprising 3,000 airmen to dismantle the Luftwaffe’s aircraft, ordnance and equipment following the Allies’ victory. This talk illuminates a little-known role within the service by focusing on one, No.8401 Wing, which covered Hamburg and the Baltic coast and thus the classified Erprobungsstelle or proving ground at Travemünde-Priwall, a district of Lübeck.

It specialised in developing seaplanes and flying boats for the Kriegsmarine and the Luftwaffe, including those of the noted shipbuilder Blohm & Voss such as the workhorse BV 138 Seedrache and the giant BV 222 Wiking. The base originated the complete operational doctrine for the Third Reich’s first carrier air wing until that project was abandoned, and prototype land-based aircraft were also trialled there. Examples of types both rare and common were acquired by No.8401 Wing and taken back to England, where they were flown by test pilots including Alan Hards and Eric ‘Winkle’ Brown.

Oral testimony, historical and personal images and official reports build a picture of the challenges facing the men of No.8401 during this time as they seized advanced technology, facilitated the interrogation of scientists and managed thousands of refugees in a country under occupation yet still fatally unsafe. They faced passive and active resistance, and not only from their former enemy – Travemünde-Priwall was just a few dozen miles from the agreed line of Soviet control and, in due course, formed the northern tip of what became the Iron Curtain.

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307 Squadron Project with Michael Parrott

Thursday 24 February 2022 at 19.30

307 Squadron Project is a British-Polish charitable organisation established to promote and research the role of the Polish 307 Squadron, known as the ‘Lwow Eagle Owls’.

We are proud to honour this brave band of brothers. In the 21st century 307 Squadron Project are pleased to continue and further strengthen this international co-operation.

Between April 1941 and April 1943 307 Squadron was based at RAF Clyst Honiton, now Exeter Airport, defending the south-west of England from enemy night bombers.

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After TSR2, the Birth of Tornado with Grp Capt (Rtd) Jock Heron

Thursday 31 March 2022

After a tour at Nellis AFB, Nevada, Jock returned to the United Kingdom in 1967 to take up an appointment in the Ministry of Defence (MoD) Operational Requirements branch as a Squadron Leader staff officer on the MRCA (Tornado) project. Therefore, he is very well placed to speak on this hard worked and battle proven aircraft, the Tornado.

Specialist Squadrons – exceptional raids – changing the courses of war with Wing Cmdr (Rtd) Tony Davis

Thursday 28 April 2022

Our ‘very own’ Tony Davies has created a special presentation as the basis of his talk to the Society.  Many stories abound as to the bravery of the personnel of these specialist Squadrons and the inspiring tenacity in pressing home their attacks.  Tony will bring some of these to life in his own inimitable way.  Sometimes especially formed to carry out specific, highly dangerous and clandestine activities, Tony’s research and the knowledge he imparts is always a delight to hear.

Rod Dean and the development of the North American F-86 Sabre

This talk was brought forward to Thursday 30 September 2021

We will announce the replacement speaker for this slot as soon as possible. 


F-86 Sabre by Rod Dean

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