RAF 100 Morning

Monday 25th June 2018 – 09:30 – 13:15 | Price £45

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of the RAF, we are bringing together a number of experts and veterans to talk about the evolution of British airpower.

With veteran pilots of WWII, the Cold War and the Falklands, as well a focus on that unsung hero of WWII, the Hawker Typhoon, analysis on the RAF in the Second World War, and a Spitfire engine start-up, this will be a very special and exclusive morning.

Featuring veterans Colin Bell, Bernard Gardner, Chris Coville and historians Paul Beaver, James Holland, Seb Cox, Steve Prince, and restorer and pilot, Sam Worthington-Leese.

9.25am Introduction by James Holland
9.30am Piston & Jet Pilots

Paul Beaver with Colin Bell (Mosquito) and Chris Coville (Lightning, Tornado)

Historian and pilot Paul Beaver talks to Colin Bell, who flew Mosquitoes during the Second World War, and to Chris Coville, who flew fast jets during the Cold War and throughout the Falklands.

10.30am Spitfire Start-Up & Coffee

Spitfire discussion
This is a chance to hear the Merlin roar into life and to discuss the development and legacy of the Supermarine Spitfire

11am The Hawker Typhoon

Sam Worthington-Leese and Bernard Gardner

Bernard Gardner flew Hawker Typhoons in 1944-45 over Europe, while Sam Worthington-Leese is overseeing a project to restore a Typhoon to the skies.

12.15pm The RAF in World War II: Strategy for Victory

James Holland with Seb Cox and Steve Prince

Seb Cox is the Head of the Air Historical Branch while Steve Prince is Head of the Naval Historical Branch.  In this discussion they will be joining James Holland to discuss the vital importance of the RAF’s contribution to the    Second World War and its evolving air strategy for victory.