On 17 March, as part of the RAF Museum Cold War Lunchtime Lecture series, Professor Keith Hayward will examine Britain’s military aircraft procurement process during the early period of the Cold War.



The period from the end of the Second World War through to the Sandys White Paper of 1957 was a major period in the development of aviation technology. In this lecture, Professor Keith Hayward will examine Britain’s military aircraft procurement process during the early period of the Cold War. The paper will encompass the immediate post-war hiatus in new developments driven by a mixture of austerity, technological uncertainty and prudence and will then consider the impact of the Korean Emergency and the hurried re-armament programme. This was the period that brought Hawker Hunter, Supermarine Swift and Gloster Javelin programmes into focus, as well as the challenge and problems of procuring a new generation of jet aircraft that culminated in the 1955 crisis and subsequent White Paper. The paper will then consider the reforms in procurement that were introduced in the English Electric P1 programme and more controversially for OR339. The paper will conclude with a discussion of the Sandys White paper and consider its intent and outcomes.


This lecture will be held in the National Cold War Exhibition Auditorium at RAF Museum Cosford at 12:30PM on Friday 17 March 2017.


This lecture is free of charge however we do ask that you pre-book a free ticket as seats are limited. Booking is quick and easy, we just need some basic contact information. If you would like to support the Museum by making a donation you can do so here.



Professor Keith Hayward is a consultant and writer on aerospace and aviation issues. He was formally Professor of International Relations at Staffordshire University, Head of Economic and Political Affairs at the UK aerospace trade association and until January 2015, Head of Research at the Royal Aeronautical Society in London. He has been a consultant or advisor to several companies and government departments, the latter including the UK Ministry of Defence and the Department of Business, Innovation and Science. He has also acted as an advisor to the UK House of Commons Trade and Industry Committee and the U.S. Congress Office of Technology Assessment. He has taken part in two recent collaborative studies of the space industry on behalf of the Commission of the European Union and the European Space Agency. He is the author of several books and over 100 articles and chapters on aerospace and aviation issues. He is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and the French Air and Space Academy.


The Cold War Lunchtime Lectures forms part of the RAF Museum’s Research Programme for 2016. This programme also consists of the Trenchard Lectures in Air Power Studies, the First World War in the Air Lunchtime Lectures and other events such as conferences. More details bout the programme can be downloaded here.

For more details about the RAF Museum’s research programme, please email me at ross.mahoney@rafmuseum.org

Please note that lectures are subject to change.


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