Notable Lectures

1984 lecture_lres

First woman in space, Russian Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, attracted a record attendance to the Heathrow Branch in 1984 when she spoke of her record breaking flight.

The RAeS Heathrow Branch’s Named Lectures series currently consists of three Special Lectures established to honour distinguished aeronautical pioneers related to Heathrow and to offer a platform to high-profile speakers representing all sectors of the aeronautical and space community.

  • The Sir Richard Fairey Lecture focusing on development topics was first held in 1959 followed by
  • The Sholto Douglas Lecture on air transport in 1980 and later
  • The Charles Abell Lecture on aircraft maintenance and airworthiness in 1995.

Notable lectures to the Branch have been given by Sir Frank Whittle, Adolf Galland (Comander of the German Air Force during the Battle of Britain), Douglas Bader, Valentina Tereshkova (USSR, first woman in space), Helen Sharman (first British astronaut), Freddie Laker, Bob Crandall (Chairman & President, American Airlines), Richard Noble and Andy Green (World Land Speed Record holder).

List of notable lectures and speakers:

  • 1958/09 – Maynard Pennell – The Boeing Company
                      Topic: Boeing B707
  • 1960/10 – Hugh Hemsley & Sir George Edwards
                      Topic: Vickers on the VC10
  • 1961/10 – J P Smith & R E Bishop, Chief Designers – De Havilland Aircraft Company
  • 1961/11 – Dr P B Walker, Head of Structures – Farnborough
  • 1966/11 – G H Gibb Smith, Historian on the Wright Brothers
  • 1968/01 – Sir Peter Masefield – British Airport Authority (BAA)
                      Topic: The Development of London Airport
  • 1970/10 – J G Boulding, Chief Inspector of Accidents – British Oversea Airways Corporation
                      W Tench – Board of Trade Accident Branch
  • 1971/03 – Brian Trubshaw – British Aircraft Corporation (BAC)
                      Topic: Test Flying Concorde
  • 1975/11 – Ted Gregory, Chief Engineer – British European Airways (BEA)
                      Topic: Preparing for the TriStar
  • 1976/01 – Walter Ttye – Civil Aviation Aurhority (CAA)
                      Topic: Air Safety
  • 1976/09 – Dr Ken Wilkinson, Engineering Director – British Airways
                      Topic: The Economics of Air Transport
  • 1976/12 – Lt-General Adolf Galland, Commander – German Air Force
                      Topic: German Air Force during Battle of Britain
  • 1977/09 – Freddie Laker – Laker Airways
                      Topic: Life and Airline Experiences
  • 1977/11 – Group Captain Douglas Bader
                      Topic: War Experiences
  • 1979/01 – Tom Kerr, Director – National Gas Turbine Establishment
  • 1982/01 – Richard Noble, World Land-Speed Record Holder
  • 1982/11 – Colonel Joe Engle, Apollo Astronaut – National Aeronautics and Space Administration
                      Topic: The Space Shuttle
  • 1983/01 – Captain Eric “Winkle” Brown
                      Topic: Test Flying Captured German Aircraft
  • 1983/02 – Major E A Smirnov, Soviet Air Attache
  • 1984/10 – Valtentina Tereshkova, First Woman in Space – USSR
                      Topic: Soviet Space Exploits
  • 1985/02 – Jeffrey Quill, Spitfire Test & Fighter Pilot
                      Topic: Flying the Spitfire
  • 1985/11 – Brian Trubshaw, Concorde Test Pilot – Britsh Aerospace PLC
                      Topic: Test Flying Concorde
  • 1986/09 – Sir Frank Whittle
                      Topic: The Jet Engine
  • 1988/09 – Roland Beamont
                      Topic: Fighter Operations 1940-44
  • 1993/02 – Helen Sharman, first Britsh Astronaut
                      Topic: My Space Flight
  • 1993/11 – Per Lindstrand
                      Topic: Ballooning Across the Atlantic with Richard Branson
  • 1994/01 – Group Captain Hamish MaHaddie
                      Topic: The Bomber Offensive in Europe 1939-45
  • 1998/01 – Ron Ayres & Squadron Leader Andy Green
                      Topic: The World Land Speed Supersonic Record
  • 1999/11 – Royal Air Force
                      Topic: NATO Alliance Working on Kosovo,
                      with an E3-AWACS at the Engineering Base fot Visit
  • 2000/01 – Lord Marshall, Chairman – British Airways
                      Topic: Alliances in the 21st Century
  • 2000/09 – Dr David Griggs – Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
                      Topic: Aviation and the Global Atmosphere
  • 2001/03 – David King, Principal Inspector of Air Accidents (Engineering) – AAIB
                      Topic: Air Accident Investigation – The Development of New Techniques
  • 2002/09 – Mike Bannister & Claud Freeman – British Airways
                      Topic: Concorde – The Recovery Programme
  • 2003/11 – Richard Gooding, Managing Director – London City Airport
                      Topic: LCY – From Docklands to Airport
  • 2004/03 – Dr Mike Steeden – Greener by Design
                      Topic: Sustainable Aviation – The Next Challenge
  • 2005/01 – Ray Webster, Chief Executive Officer – easyJet
                      Topic: Taking the Frill Out of Flying – Running a Low Cost Airline
  • 2006/01 – Paul Ellis, General Manager of Airport Policy – British Airways
                      Topic: T5 and Beyond
  • 2006/12 – Joe Ferry, Head of Design – Virgin Atlantic Airways
                      Topic: The Value of Design – The Virgin View
  • 2007/09 – Brain Hampson, President – Training Technology International
                      Captain Ray Jones Memorial Lecture
                      Topic: The Benefits, Costs and Responsibilities of Flight Simulation
  • 2008/01 – Neil Cottrell, General Manager of Fleet Planning – British Airways
                      Topic: Airline Fleet Planning – Art or Science?
  • 2008/12 – Captain Alan Steeley, Divisional Senior VP Flight Operations – Emirates
                      Topic: The A380 Into Service
  • 2009/12 – Dr Adam Baker – Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd.
                      Topic: UK Launch: Taking Small Satellites to Orbit on the Crest of Space Tourism Wave
  • 2010/12 – Gary Copeland, Director of Engineering – British Airways
                      Topic: The Future of British Airways Engineering
  • 2011/03 – Professor Ian Poll – Cranfield University
                      Topic: Blended Wing Body Aircraft
  • 2011/10 – Stewart John [OBE FRAeS] – Aviation Board Member
                      Topic: Widebodies Over China
  • 2012/10 – Captain Hugh Dibley [FRAeS, FRIN, CMILT], Flight Simulation Specialist Group – RAeS
                      Topic: Training to Avoid Loss of Control Accidents
  • 2013/10 – Keith Williams, Chief Executive Officer – British Airways
                      Topic: Introducing Airbus A380 and Boeing 787 into British Airways Fleet
  • 2014/03 – Brian Kitson [BTech, CEng, MRAeS], Head of Overall Aircraft Aerodynamics – Airbus
                      Topic: A400M – from Development into Service
  • 2015/01 – Mark Thomas [CEng, FRAeS], Chief Engineer for Technology and Future Programmes
                      – Rolls-Royce Civil Large Engines Business
                      Topic: Rolls Royce – Future Developments in Engine Technology
  • 2015/11 – Dr Stuart Gilmartin, Director – Gilmartin Global Consulting Ltd.
                      Topic: RPAS Operations and Integration into Civilian and Military Airspace
  • 2016/02 – Tom Grundy, Operations Director – Hybrid Air Vehicles Ltd.
                      Topic: The Hybrid Air Vehicles – Airlander 10 Project
  • 2016/03 – Jonathon Counsell, Head of Sustainability – International Airlines Group
                      Topic: Airlines – Tackling the Climate Change Challenge
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