Past Talks

 26th October 2022 'Pilot Training during the Second World War' by David Biscoe.

David's talk follows the training of his father who was just one lad that saw his home City being bombed.,  Like many others at the age of eighteen he volunteered for the RAF.  The talk uses an analogy of a staircase that led to flying, and describes what happed to his father as a volunteer, from attestation to flying Operations over occupied Germany  as de Havilland Mosquito FBVI  conducting night intruder operations.  David follows his fathers progression and his training in Canada leading, to gaining his wings and being offered a commission.  He was immediately selected to become a pilot instructor, still in Canada.  Eventually, he was selected to convert to Mosquitos, and trained for squadron  operational flying.  David's talk uses original photos and examples of ‘Ground School’ notes.  The talk ends with him joining No 605 (County of Warwick) Squadron and before he flying night time operations.

 28th September  'Flying the Vulcan - a personal perspective' by Squadron leader Joe Marsden.

Joe’s talk this time will concentrate on the Vulcan - illustrated by photos and film clips to show its capability.   He will briefly cover the history of the Vulcan but will mainly talk about the personal aspects of flying this famous aircraft.  He will cover crew responsibilities, preparation and the practicalities of the various roles he was involved in without missing the more light-hearted aspects of the job in a journey which took him from Cyprus in the East to Midway Island and Alaska in the West as well as up into the Arctic Circle to test Russian response.

In all Joe has flown 34 different Vulcan aircraft including XH558 which was flying until 2016, and XL426 which is at Southend Airport being kept in ground-running condition and to taxi it on occasions   

25th May 2022 -By Dakota to the USA - Graham Spiller

Graham is an aviation historian and tour guide and chairman of Solent Aviation Society. The 2019 celebrations to mark the 75thanniversary of D-Day included mass re-enactment of the airborne elements of the allied invasion force involving 15 Dakotas from the USA being temporarily based at Duxford. Following attendance at landing zones in France Graham was invited to travel in Dakota N877MG (Pan Am) on the return trip to the USA. 

27th April 2022 'The Falklands - Defence and Life after the conflict' - Joe Marsden

This is a short background history of the Falklands and how life has developed in the Islands since the conflict of 1982. 

Joe looks mainly at the changes for the military but will include the ways this has impacted on the local population. 

He will also cover some of the abundant wildlife and how this has resulted an influx of tourists. 

In Joe’s three tours on the Islands he served firstly on a radar unit on a remote mountain on West Falkland, secondly as Commanding Officer of a radar unit on East Falkland and finally as the Air Defence Commander based in Headquarters at Mount Pleasant.

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23rd March 2022 Assault Gliders of WW2 - Rob SeymourMarch

23rd marks the eve of the 77th anniversary of Operation Varsity, the last of the great airborne forces engagements of World War 2. In support of the ground army crossing the Rhine in Northern Germany, thousands of paratroops and 1350 gliders laden with British, American and Canadian forces were placed directly into the battle zone and achieved resounding success as the end of the conflict hastened.It was all very different though in the first of the battles in which glider borne forces took part. This artist impression of a glorious battle for the Ponte Grande bridge in Sicily does not show the reality of what happened to the majority of the force that flew across the Mediterranean in July 1943.I will attempt to describe the creation of the allied glider force in the aftermath of those dramatic days of May 1940 when the German airborne force first showed what could by achieved in the first invasion using stealth.With material from a personal collection and Army Flying sources we will see how furniture makers and coffin manufacturers helped build a glider force in a few short years that would achieve victories in battle we still celebrate with pride.


Flying the Hunter, by renowned pilot and airshow director Rod Dean. 


Members of the Daedalus Aviation and Heritage Group were royally entertained at their meeting this week by well-known display pilot Squadron Leader Rod Dean. 


During his RAF service he spent the whole time flying on operational squadrons or training units.  Principally he flew the Hawker Hunter along with the Jaguar, Hawk, Jet Provost, Meteor, Gnat and Chipmunk.  He has been the Strike Command Hunter display pilot and flew 50 public displays winning a solo jet display trophy in the process.

After serving in Aden, Bahrain, Germany, Oman and the UK, Rod Dean left the RAF and had a number of fascinating roles including the management aspects of commercial aviation training and Business Manager for a flight simulator training company.  Later he joined the Civil Aviation Authority for fifteen years.  After leaving the CAA he became Flight Operations Consultant and Flying Display Director for the organisers of the Farnborough Airshow and the Bahrain International Airshow.  Rod’s experience is well-known in the aviation world where he has been involved with the RAFA Shoreham Airshow, Blackpool and Biggin Hill air shows among others.


Both as a pilot and instructor, Rod has flown a wide variety of World War II and immediate post-war piston fighters - from the Mustang and Sea Fury to the Corsair and Harvard.  One of his best known achievements was to lead the “Big Wing” formation of 19 Spitfires and Hurricanes - his experience made for a fascinating talk.

24th November 2021 'The Catalina' - Jeff Boyling
At DA&HG we are very lucky in having Jeff Boyling amongst us.  Jeff has been a member of LFA then DA&HG since 2007. Jeff has a flat in Lee-on-Solent but also spends much time at Stapleford Airfield in Essex where he is an instructor on general aviation types. Owning a 7th share in a Catalina Flying Boat which is his passion, Jeff flies from Duxford on the Airshow circuit at home and abroad. The Catlina itself is 70 years old but in fine flying fettle. Jeff and his crew flew down to Solent Airport on the 15th September after flying the Schneider trophy course before landing.

27th October 2021 Tangmere past and Present - Joe Marsden

A short history of the famous Battle of Britain airfiled at RAF Tangmere from its inception to closure and an introduction to the Tangmere Military Aviation Museum showing some of its themes and exhibits.

22 January 2020  The Development of British Military Aviation from the Farborough Air Sciences Trust (FAST) Film Archive

11 December 2019, “Flying for Fun Part 2”, Alan Key;   

Alan recounted more flying experiences in interesting and unique aircraft encountered during his extensive travels.

27 November 2019, “Saving B-N Islander G-AVCN - What Next?”, Bob Wealthy;

23 October 2019, “What Might Have Been – The Third Reich’s Jet and Rocket Programmes 1933-1946”, Steve Alcock;

Germany took an early lead in jet development, gaining the first flight of a jet powered aircraft just before the start of WW2 and later produced the first operational jet fighter the Me 262.

25 September 2019, “100 years of Air Navigation”,

John Coote From his perspective as an RAF Navigator on Vulcan B2s and Nimrod maritime patrol aircraft, and a graduate of the RAF General Duties Aerosystems Course, John will highlight the major developments in the field of Air Navigation from the earliest days of aviation to the present day.

19 March – James Mason Air New Zealand DC10 - Accident in Antarctica''

covers the loss of the Air New Zealand DC10 ZKNZP which crashed into Mount Erebus on Ross Island in Antarctica on the 28 November 1979.

15 January - Adrian Abbott “The Armstrong Whitworth Company and its Aircraft”
Armstrong Whitworth Aircraft (AWA) produced over 11,000 aircraft during its lifespan of over 50 years. These included some significant successes and a number of failures, including possibly the ugliest plane of all time. The company suffered from constraints imposed by the Hawker Siddeley Group, but became expert at production of other companies' aircraft, claiming to be able to make any plane 30% cheaper than the rest of the Group.

18 December 2018 Alan Key - Flying Classic Aircraft

Alan Key will be presenting an account of flying eperiences in classic, rare and vintage aircraft and helicopters over the past 50 years. Alan is an avid photographer so we can rest assured that the talk will be accompanied by a plentiful supply of photographs

22 November 2018 “Operating and Flying the Wasp Helicopter” Terry “Doc” Martin,

A former RAF doctor and pilot, is the owner and operator of ex Royal Navy Westland Wasp HAS1 helicopter XT787. 

Tuesday 16 October, 2018, “Flying The Vulcan – a personal perspective” Joe Marsden.

 A talk through the crew composition, planning, dressing and practicalities of operating the aircraft in three roles – Maritime Reconnaissance, Air Sampling and bombing with 27 Sqn and 617 (Dambuster) Sqn. 

Tuesday 18 September, 2018,  “Flying the KC135”. The talk will be presented by former USAF pilot Jack Froelich. The Boeing KC-135 type has been in service for over 60 years. It was the military derivative from Boeing's private venture into jet transport production. Joe Froelich’s talk will give a personal insight into flying the KC-135 when he served in the USAF.

Tuesday 17th April 2018, Flying the Caribou with USAF 
Jack served a combat tour in the Republic of Vietnam (1968-1969) flying the C-7A Caribou in support of the 5th Special Forces.