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Tuesday 28th May Southampton - Royal Aeronautical Society (RAES) Boscombe Down Lecture ****

Lecture TBA. On-site lectures are typically held in the lecture theatre at MoD Boscombe Down, Salisbury, SP4 0JF, and begin at 17:15. Tea and coffee is usually served from 17:00. Online lectures are held on Microsoft Teams Live and begin at 17:30.

Saturday 1st June Gosport - The Hovercraft Museum Open Days

The Hovercraft Museum is open most Saturdays 10 am until 4 pm except for a brief closure during the Winter period. In addition to these hours, we offer special events throughout the year.   We aim to have a summer season full of events and activities including the return of Hovertravel Ltd to provide pleasure flights around the Solent from our slipway on selected dates. Our volunteers will continue to get the collection ready for you to visit and we can’t wait to be able to welcome you through the gates once again! https://www.hovercraft-museum.org/

Sunday 2nd June Bransgore - Friends of The New Forest Airfields

Heritage Centre Open Day on June 2nd, 9th, 16th. We are open 10:00-16:00 with last admission at 15:30. Adult entrance (over 16) £8.00 Child (10 to 16) £3.00 Child (under 10) free Service Veteran (with ID) £4.00 Audio Tour £2.00. FONFA Aviation Heritage Centre, Mosquito Way, Bransgore, Nr Christchurch Dorset BH23 8HE. https://fonfa.co.uk/

Sunday 2nd June Twyford – Waterworks Open Days

Open Days 2024 Why not come along to our open days where you can: Find out  about the story of drinking water in our new Discovery Zone. Enjoy  an informative stroll around our Waterworks with everything fully open, restored machinery in operation and our volunteers on hand to explain how it all used to work. If you wish, join a free Guided Tour to find out all about the Waterworks. See  the restored boiler and pumping engine in action! All from 11am to 4pm  Last Admissions at 3pm. Adults £8. www.twyfordwaterworks.co.uk

Monday 3rd June Hedge End - Hampshire  Industrial  Archaeology  Society (HIAS) Talk

Boscombe Down Aviation Collection by Graham Horner. All meetings  are held at the Underhill Centre, St. John's Road, Hedge End, SO30 4AF at 7.45 PM on the first Monday of the month, unless stated otherwise. Visitors Welcome. Free Car Parking. https://www.hias.org.uk/meetings.htm

Wednesday 5th June Romsey - South Hampshire Historical Aviation Society (SHHAS) Talk

Lady codebreakers of Bletchley Park” a talk by Ian Thomson. Ian is a former guide at Bletchley Park. Through his illustrated talk he will reveal the complexity of the top-secret work there in WW2, describing the achievements  of the many women transcribing data, translating and cracking cyphers. All meetings 7.30 for 7.45pm start. Romsey Conservative Club 13, Marketplace, Romsey Hampshire SO51 8NA. Non-members very welcome (£5 on the door). Contact Mike Webster  wmcbug+AT+aol.com


Saturday 8th – Sunday 9th June Solent Airport - Daedalus D-Day80

80th D-Day Anniversary Celebrations are happening over the 8-9 June on the historic former WWII airfield HMS Daedalus, Lee on the Solent; a significant place in the part of this anniversary as it was the single busiest airfield on D-Day with 435 sorties. 10:00-19:00. https://www.daedalus80.co.uk/event-details-registration/daedalus-d-day80

  Monday 10th June Middle Wallop - Museum of Army Flying Talk

Secrets of D-Day. Paul Beaver is back at the Army Flying Museum with a special talk to mark D-Day 80 about some of the secrets which made a success of the greatest landing operation in history. Paul will talk about deception, influence and some of the amazing innovations who were key to the liberation of France. 7pm. Tickets £12. Army Flying Museum, Middle Wallop, Stockbridge, Hampshire, SO20 8FB.

Monday 10th June Andover - Andover Strut

The Andover Strut meets on the 2nd Monday in the month at Popham Airfield (EGHP). Visitors welcome.   We normally gather at around 19:30 for a 20:00 start. Tea, coffee and  biscuits  are available throughout the evening.  http://www.andoverstrut.org.uk


Tuesday 11th June Salisbury – Boscombe Down Aviation Collection (BDAC) Presentation

'First Flight over Everest' Col Meryon Bridges OBE MIMechE (rtd). The British were the first to climb Mount Everest in 1953, but in 1933 they were also the first to fly over it. Start 19:00. Non-members £5 which includes refreshments and museum entrance. Old Sarum Airfield, Old Sarum, Salisbury Wiltshire SP4 6DZ. Email ghorner1+AT+outlook.com. http://www.boscombedownaviationcollection.co.uk


Tuesday 11th June Farnborough - Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) Farnborough Lecture ****

Cody Lecture A Brief History of Army Flying, 1861 - 1957 Speaker Mike O’Donaghue CBE FRAeS Chief Executive General Aviation Safety Council. Embark on a captivating journey through the skies of history with "A Brief History of Army Flying, 1861 - 1957." Join us as we explore the early days of military aviation, tracing its roots from the Royal Engineers to the formation of the Army Air Corps in 1957. Discover the remarkable evolution of aerial warfare in the UK, from the pioneering days of the Royal Flying Corps to the establishment of the Royal Air Force. Delve into the interwar period, characterised by collaborative army-cooperation efforts, the creation of the Air Observation Post squadrons, and the daring exploits of the Glider Pilot Regiment. Guided by Mike, a guide from the Museum of Army Flying, we'll uncover the triumphs and challenges that shaped the course of history. Prepare to be intrigued as we uncover a century of innovation, bravery, and the enduring legacy of those who took to the skies in service of their country. 19:30 - 21:00 BST. £3 donation invited from non-members. RAeS members, Branch Friends, Students: free. Westminster Theatre,  Farnborough College of Technology Farnborough College of Technology Boundary Road, Farnborough, GU14 6SB.   Contact for further information: Jo Davies – jo.davies+AT+raes-volunteer.org.

Friday 14th June Lyndhurst - New Forest Aviation Group (NFAG) Talk

NATS by Andrew Burke Customer Account Manager NATS. Doors open at 7pm for prompt 7.30pm start at Lyndhurst Community Centre. Visitors £5 including light refreshments. Contact Chris Gilbert-Norton at  gilbey66+AT+gmail.com

Friday 14th June East Boldre - New Forest & Hampshire Wartime Association Talk

SOE: The Secret Saboteurs of WW2. The role of Special Operations Executive. A fascinating and secret unit tasked by Winston Churchill to “Set Europe Ablaze”. SOE agents demonstrated remarkable courage and resourcefulness in their guerrilla war, resulting in General D Eisenhower saying “…they played a very considerable part in our complete and final victory”. This talk will bring back to life the organisation, its Obstacles, Triumphs, Tricks & Tragedies. Doors open 7pm.  East Boldre Village Hall. Tickets £5 in advance from nfhwa.org includes free refreshments. https://nfhwa.org/events/


Tuesday 18th June Portsmouth - Institution of Civil Engineers South West (ICE) Event ****

Portsmouth international port development seminar.   This event will focus on the improvements of Portsmouth Port, which enable the port to handle more and larger vessels, benefiting the local economy. Four speakers will give detailed and technical insights into different aspects of the project. 18:00 to 20:00. Those attending the event in person will be required to bring a valid photo ID. Portsmouth International Port, International Port (Stand A), Harbour Offices Continental Ferryport, George Byng Way, Portsmouth PO2 8SP.


Tuesday 18th June Farnborough - Farnborough Air Sciences Trust Association

Speaker, subject and venue TBC. 7.30pm Simon Jarvis Lecture Theatre, Farnborough 6th Form College, Sand Hill, Farnborough GU14 8JS.   Free to FAST Association members. Guests and non-members are very welcome with a donation to FAST of £5.00.


Thursday 20th June Weybridge - Brooklands Museum Event

Speed Queens. Our speaker is author and journalist Rachel Harris-Gardiner. Her award-winning book, Speed Queens, on which her talk is based, is a history of women in motorsport, from the first known motorised race for women in 1897 to the modern era and covering both circuit racing and rallying. Some of the best-known female competitors such as Brooklands’ own Kay Petre and Gwenda Stewart, rally stars Rosemary Smith, Pat Moss and Michele Mouton and the only female Formula 1 points scorer Lella Lombardi will be covered, but Speed Queens is not just concerned with big names and historic “firsts”. For every woman to be the first to do something on wheels, there were usually several others striving for success. The Members' Bar will be open from 6pm and hot food will be available. 7-9:30pm.   Non-members £12 For evening talks, please use the Campbell Gate (signposted Campbell Gate) on Brooklands Road using the above postcode. Do not follow brown signs to the museum. Parking is free. Brooklands Museum, Brooklands Road, Weybridge  KT13 0SL.


Sunday 23rd June Swanwick Southampton - The Brickworks  Event

Magic, Myths and Mystery. Delve into the realms of magic and mystery with this all-new event from The Brickworks Museum. Have your fortune told, taste strange foods from the pages of fiction and learn about the magic of the museum. 11am-4pm. The Brickworks Museum, Swanwick Lane, Swanwick, Southampton SO31 7HB.


Monday 24th June Chichester - Arun & Chichester (Air) Enthusiasts Society Air ACES

The BAE Hawk: Design, Development & Operation Duncan Dean. Arun & Chichester Air Enthusiasts Society presents a Talk by Duncan Dean, former RAF fighter pilot, about the BAE Systems Hawk covering the design, development, and operation of the last all-British built military aircraft. He will take you to the cockpit and explain how this little ‘sportscar’ feels to fly! Duncan Dean is a former RAF fighter pilot and instructor with almost 5000 hours of fast-jet flying in Tornado, F-16 and Hawk.   He first flew the BAE Hawk in 1991 and since then has amassed over 3500 hours on various marks, from the original T Mark 1, up to the final aircraft to leave the production line.   He currently works for BAE Systems instructing on the Hawk Mark 167 at RAF Leeming. 19:00 for 19:30 start. New venue Boxgrove Village Hall, The Street, Boxgrove Chichester PO18 0EE. Members £5, guests £10. Tickets are available on the door. Contact David Batcock on 01243-823007 or email info+AT+airaces.org.uk


Wednesday 26th June Gosport - Daedalus Aviation and Heritage Group Meeting

The Group meets socially on a monthly basis on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 7:30pm for an 8:00pm start in the Royal Naval Association Club on Aerodrome Road occasionally a change in start time or date is needed so please check the 'Programme of Talks' page. Most meetings include a guest speaker.  Visitors are welcome but there will be an admission charge for them of £5.00 when a speaker is present.  Chairman Terry Coombes terryc037+AT+gmail.com. https://www.daedalusaviation.org/meetings.

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