Call for Speakers – RAF Museum Research Programme 2018

In anticipation of the Centenary of the Royal Air Force in 2018, the RAF Museum seeks proposals from postgraduate students, early-career, and established researchers for our annual Research Programme. Our Research Programme consists of three lecture series: The Trenchard Lectures in Air Power Studies held in conjunction with the Royal Aeronautical Society in London and … Continue reading Call for Speakers – RAF Museum Research Programme 2018

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RAF Museum Trenchard Lecture in Air Power Studies – Watching, Killing: The Evolution of RAF Drone Warfare in the 21st Century

Dr Peter Lee, a noted expert on RAF drone operations, discusses 'Watching, Killing: The Evolution of RAF Drone Warfare in the 21st Century’ TALK OUTLINE Since the formation of 39 Squadron in 2007, and the subsequent formation of XIII Squadron in 2012, there has been a slow and at times uneasy progression towards a distinct … Continue reading RAF Museum Trenchard Lecture in Air Power Studies – Watching, Killing: The Evolution of RAF Drone Warfare in the 21st Century

RAF Museum Trenchard Lecture in Air Power Studies – The Expansion of the Royal Indian Air Force in World War II, 1939-46

In this lecture, Aashique Iqbal will explore the expansion of the Royal Indian Air Force during the Second World War. TALK OUTLINE The establishment in 1933 of the Indian Air Force (IAF) was a consequence of the colonial Government of India’s policy of handing Indians token military control to forestall popular calls for greater Indian … Continue reading RAF Museum Trenchard Lecture in Air Power Studies – The Expansion of the Royal Indian Air Force in World War II, 1939-46

2017 RAF Museum Research Programme

It has taken a while to finalise the details but here is the 2017 Research Programme for the RAF Museum. We have a great series of lectures with speakers from around the globe with a wide variety of subjects and themes being explored. You can download a copy of the programme here. Please note that … Continue reading 2017 RAF Museum Research Programme

RAF Museum Trenchard Lecture in Air Power Studies – France under Friendly Bombs, 1940-1945

On 9 March, Professor Andrew Knapp examines the Allied bombing campaign against targets in France during the Second World War. TALK OUTLINE Studies of the Allied strategic bombing offensive during the Second World War have tended, logically, to focus on the main target, Germany. Yet, over one in every five bombs dropped by the Allies … Continue reading RAF Museum Trenchard Lecture in Air Power Studies – France under Friendly Bombs, 1940-1945

RAF Museum Trenchard Lecture in Air Power Studies – Inter- and Intra-Theatre Learning and British Coastal Air Power in the Second World War

On 14 February, Dr Richard Hammond will examine learning and the use of British coastal air power during the Second World War. TALK OUTLINE Success in the maritime environment was utterly essential to British survival, and later Allied victory, in the Second World War. Air power was a fundamental ingredient towards this, and for Britain, … Continue reading RAF Museum Trenchard Lecture in Air Power Studies – Inter- and Intra-Theatre Learning and British Coastal Air Power in the Second World War

RAF Museum Trenchard Lecture in Air Power Studies – The Development of RAF Air Power Doctrine, 1999-2013

On 10 November, Dr Viktoriya Fedorchak will explore the recent development of RAF air power doctrine. TALK OUTLINE In the recent two decades, military doctrine has returned into the strategic discourse of the British Armed Forces. Much of attention was paid to the role of doctrine in the reorganisation of the Army regarding Bagnall’s reform. … Continue reading RAF Museum Trenchard Lecture in Air Power Studies – The Development of RAF Air Power Doctrine, 1999-2013

RAF Museum Trenchard Lecture in Air Power Studies – The Suez Operation, 1956: Planning a Strategic Air Campaign

On 20 October, Dr Tim Benbow of King's College London at the Joint Services Command and Staff College examines the planning for the Suez operation in 1956. TALK OUTLINE The role of air power in the British-French Suez operation of 1956 is widely covered in published work. This literature, however, focuses almost exclusively on what … Continue reading RAF Museum Trenchard Lecture in Air Power Studies – The Suez Operation, 1956: Planning a Strategic Air Campaign

Call for Speakers – RAF Museum Research Programme for 2017

As part of our 2017 Research Programme, the RAF Museum is seeking proposals from postgraduate students, early-career and established researchers for our lecture series. These series consists of: The Trenchard Lectures in Air Power Studies held in conjunction with the Royal Aeronautical Society and the University of Wolverhampton in London and Wolverhampton respectively; The First … Continue reading Call for Speakers – RAF Museum Research Programme for 2017

RAF Museum Trenchard Lecture in Air Power Studies – Tactical Air Power Development in Britain, 1940-1943

Dr Matthew Powell will examine the development of tactical air power in Britain during the early years of the Second World War. TALK OUTLINE The history of tactical air power development in Britain during the Second World War has largely neglected the work done by Army Co-operation Command. The Command was influential in developing the … Continue reading RAF Museum Trenchard Lecture in Air Power Studies – Tactical Air Power Development in Britain, 1940-1943