Festival talks by Paul Beaver

112. WINKLE AND THE JETS

Always fearless, sometimes impetuous, Captain Eric Brown, better known as Winkle, was an early jet and rocket fighter pioneer. Unusual in being a naval pilot, his experience in immediate post-war Germany and at the Royal Aircraft Establishment has passed into legend. His biographer Paul Beaver will separate reality from the myth and legend, shining a new light on Winkle’s exploits.

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1. RAF100 MORNING

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of the RAF, we are bringing together a number of experts and veterans to talk about and discuss the evolution of British airpower. With veteran pilots of WWII, the Cold War and the Falklands, as well as 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. With veterans Colin Bell, Bernard Gardner, Chris Colville and historians Paul Beaver, James Holland, Seb Cox, Steve Prince, and restorer and pilot, Sam Worthington-Leese.

9.30-10.30 Piston & Jet Pilots
Paul Beaver with Colin Bell (Mosquito) and Chris Colville (Tornado)

10.30-11.00 Spitfire Start-Up & Coffee
Spitfire dicussion

11.00-12.00 Hawker Typhoon
Sam Worthington-Leese and Bernard Gardner

12.15-1.15 The RAF in World War II: Strategy for Victory
James Holland with Seb Cox and Steve Prince

 

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