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Speakers available to local groups

The Daedalus Aviation & Heritage Group has a number of members available to give talks to interested groups on a range of subjects.

Charges and expenses may apply.

The current list is

Alan Key:

Flying for Fun - experiences in flying in rare and unique aircraft across the globe

Graham Spiller:

"The Cowboy, the Revolutionary and the Novelist" - three unsung aviation pioneers and the part played in the development of aviation by Solent airfields

"Cause and Effect" - the story of the first air raid on Portsmouth and the career of the two Spitfires purchased as a result

"From Stokes Bay to Pearl Harbour via Taranto" - Was the Royal Navy responsible for sinking the US Pacific Fleet?

“The Battle of Britain - a fresh look at some popular perceptions”

"Have Anorak , Will Travel"  - trials and tribulations of a wandering aviation enthusiast

Joe Marsden:

Air Defence of the UK since 1940 – the evolution of RADAR and tactics to the present day. From its early days in the Battle of Britain to today’s high technology fighters there has always been a need for tactical assistance from the ground. I cover the role of the Fighter Controller and the advances in technology which allowed them to put the aircraft in a winning position in the air battle.                                                                                                  

Flying the Vulcan – A personal perspective 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.                                                                                                

Canberra Target Towing - in the firing line of Royal Naval gunners and Army missile operators. Flying the Canberra on 7 Sqn, towing targets for Ground to Air firing of guns and missiles, providing practice targets for Fighter Controllers and the trials and tribulations of flying the Canberra.  

ASTOR - the Airborne STand Off Radar system and its ground stations helping to control the battlefield.  How the latest asset to the British military is used, the Sentinel Aircraft and its mobile units can help the troops on the front line as well as the commanders at headquarters to counter enemy threats by providing real-time tactical intelligence .  

Bloodhound – The Cold War Surface to Air Missile.    Defending Britain against the threat from the east, Bloodhound was a supersonic Missile.  I will cover the components and capabilities of the system including the developments and upgrades which kept it in service with four nations from the early 1960s until 1991.   

Falkland Islands – War and Peace.  A short background history of the Falklands and how life has developed in the Islands since the war of 1982. I look mainly at the changes for the military but will cover the ways this has impacted on the local population. I will also cover some of the abundant wildlife and how this has caused an influx of tourists. I served three tours on the Islands, 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 the headquarters at Mount Pleasant.      

Tangmere.  A short history of RAF Tangmere and an introduction to the Tangmere Military Aviation Museum showing some of the themes and exhibits.

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