A huge vote of thanks to all who supported our Open Day - or "Funday", as we like to call it. Sunday 7th September was a glorious autumn day.
We have not yet totted it all up, but are confident that our finances have been given a much needed boost to enable us to carry on what we are doing, to honour the aviation heritage of our beautiful village.
The Spitfire from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight was late in making an appearance. Unfortunately this was outside our control. Technical trouble back at base delayed the flying programme and I guess the Spitfire pilot was making his last call of a busy day.
The Spitfire was flown by Squadron Leader Andy (Milli), Millikin and the aircraft was delivered to the newly formed 443 ‘Hornet’ Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force at RAF Digby, Lincolnshire, in March 1944.
Pictures of the event and a video appear on the MHAS NEWS tab.
Our meeting on Friday 3rd October was an illustrated talk "Flying Aces", by Peter Hart, who is an oral historian at the Imperial War Museum, London.
A large audience given a most entertaining account of flying aces in the Great War. He vividly described the conditions and the life that was normal both in the RFC and the German Air Force.
Peter mentioned several aces including the legendary "Red Baron", Manfred Von Richthoven and Billy Bishop, Ernst Udet, Edward Mannock and the controversial James Mc Cudden.
How, by 1918 the sheer volume of aircraft on the allied side overwhelmed a German air force that was short both of aircraft and fuel.
Peter Hart is indeed a very animated speaker and a vote of thanks was given by one of the founder members of our society, Roger Harrison.