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2023/24 Lecture Programme

Unless stated otherwise,

meetings commence at 7.30 p.m.

in Room U020, Brockington Building,

Loughborough University.

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NovemberĀ 21

Elfyn Richards Prestige Lecture

Genesis of the Jet   Ian Whittle, FRAeS

The presentation  by Frank Whittle's son will describe the earliest proposal for turbojet propulsion and the subsequent development in Germany and the USA - with some flying adventures thrown in.

June 11

Presentation of Loughborough University

MEng Final Year Aircraft Design Projects.

30-minute presentations from two groups of final year MEng students. See details here

Page last updated 15 June 2024

January 16

Airworthiness in the Context of Unmanned Aircraft Systems   Dewar Donnithorne-Tait, FRAeS

The current and evolving airworthiness regime for manned aviation has existed for many decades.  Its principal focus is the safety of human life on board aircraft.  Unmanned aircraft with no human life on board pose a range of issues for airworthiness and air traffic management.  This lecture will identify and discuss such issues, leaving several questions which will need to be addressed

           Joint  meeting with LSU Flying Club

February 27

Lockheed Martin Space in the UK

Grant Lewis, Project Manager, Lockheed Martin

This talk will provide an overview of the Lockheed Martin Space business area before moving on to discuss the critical importance of Space to the United Kingdom and the need for the UK to have its own space launch capability. The talk will conclude by presenting the role of Lockheed Martin in supporting the creation of a UK launch capability.

                  Joint  meeting with LSU Flying Club


October 17

Development of the F86 Sabre

Rod Dean, Aviation Consultant

The talk covering the Development of the F-86 focuses on the technical aspects of the aircraft, its initial configuration, the change to encompass the German swept wing research and the subsequent changes throughout the various marks of the aircraft.

December 12

The Buccaneer

Air Cdre (Rtd) Graham Pitchfork

The talk covers the development of the Buccaneer and its service in the Fleet Air Arm and the RAF.  This includes carrier-borne, maritime and overland operations including the aircraft's involvement during the First Gulf War.

February 13

Selling Airlander  George Lan

Executive Director - Sales, Hybrid Air Vehicles

During the course of the presentation we will cover a general aircraft overview, speak about our markets and give a programme update for both Airlander 10 and 50.


  Although all lectures are  presented live at our usual venue they are also available online simultaneously via Microsoft Teams: use the Join button to access.   ( Click hereā–¼ for instructions on how to use the MIcrosoft Teams facility.)

May 14     (ONLINE via TEAMS ONLY at 7.30pm)

Branch Annual General Meeting

All are welcome to attend but only RAeS and

Branch members are entitled to vote.

April 16

Sustainability in Aerospace - a Combustion Perspective

Dr Kenneth Young, Rolls-Royce Engineering Fellow.

The drive to sustainability in all sectors is clear and urgent and civil aerospace is no exception. Rolls Royce is playing a leading role in introducing and validating both sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and Hydrogen.  In this lecture, the overall strategy and ambition of Rolls Royce with regard to sustainability will be covered followed by an explanation of what that means for the combustion section.  The results of a recent Hydrogen engine test campaign will be presented and discussed.     

          Jointly sponsored by IMechE

November 7

Silver City Airways - Innovators in Air Transport

Stephen Hogarth, FRAeS, Loughborough Branch Treasurer

Within the space of 10 years in the middle of the last century the airline rose from being a small private charter company to being a large scheduled airline, and its role in the development of British air transport has become almost legendary. service which, in its heyday, crossed the English Channel up to 220 times each day.

March 19     

A Lighter View of the Light Blue

Kenneth Moore, ex-RAF Navigator

You'll Fly Laughing - a humorous account of 34+ years as a navigator. All the silly bits from his life as a navigator to prove that you do need a sense of humour in the RAF. Burials at Sea, Desert patrols, Colonial misunderstandings and finally an appearance by a well know TV star! 'Captain! clear for take off!.