Tonight I went to my first Historical Group lecture at the Royal Aeronautical Society. It was given by Dr Michael Pryce of the Manchester Business School at the University of Manchester. The subject of the talk was on the ‘Rise and Fall of P. 1154’. It was a very interesting talk and I will be writing up some notes on it for a future post. The tale has some interesting lessons for debates surrounding the Joint Strike Fighter.

The Historical Group regularly holds lectures throughout the year. All lectures are held at the Society’s HQ at 4 Hamilton Place in London and are open to members and non-members. This year they are as follows:

17 April

The Cody Lecture

Air Vice-Marshal (ret’d) Peter Dye OBE (Director General of the RAF Museum)

Reflections on the Centenary of the formation of the Royal Flying Corps

(Please note this lecture is held in conjunction with the Farnborough Branch at BAE Systems, Park Centre, Farnborough)

11 October

Professor Robert Blackbourn (Director of Institute for Contemporary History, King’s College London)

Title TBC

8 November

Jeff Jefford (RAF Historical Society)

Pilot Training in the RFC/RAF 1912-1918

There is one more lecture to be held in June but details have yet to be confirmed. I shall be trying to get to most of these.


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