Lectures are held on the 4th Wednesday of the month, March to October in the Old Gymnasium at Metheringham Airfield Visitor Centre. Free to members, £5:00 for non-members tickets available on the door , includes Tea/Coffee & Biscuits.
Doors Open 7.00pm – Lectures start at 7.30pm
Lecture August 2017
‘Long Range Fighters in WWII
David Stubbs is a former RAF Squadron Leader with 31 years service. He was a former airman on Nimrod MR2 maritime patrol aircraft and Tactical Director and Flight Commander on 23 Squadron at Royal Air Force Waddington.
As well as being an air power historian, David was published twice in 2014 in the prestigious Journal of Military History and the RAF’s Air Power Review.
We welcome back Paul Stoddart for our July lecture, he has written a number of articles and presented several lectures on aviation history. He is also Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.
Paul presented two lectures for Friends of Metheringham Airfield last year, one on the Douglas DC-3 and one on Combat Aircraft Procurement. July’s lecture is ‘Dambusters – The Raid Revisited’
Lecture June 2017
This months lecture is by David Cockburn who is currently Head of Training and Chief Instructor at RAF Waddington Flying Club since 2009.
David flew Chipmunks in support of the British Commander in Chiefs Mission to the Soviet Forces (BRIXMIS) 1985-89 in the Berlin corridor and his lecture is based on his experiences of that period of the Cold War.
He has great experience in the civilian aviation world too, gaining his ATPL in 2001 and is the author of several Flight Safety publications.
Air Marshal Peter Ruddock (Retd) will give a talk on the F35 on 24th May 2017.
Peter is currently the Chief Executive of Lockheed Martin UK.
Many of you may remember him from his days as OC RAF Coningsby and flying the fighters on BBMF.
April Lecture – SOLD OUT – ADMITTANCE IS BY TICKET ONLY.
SR71 Blackbird by Col. Rich Graham.
Please note due to expected high audience attendance the Trustees have made this lecture a ‘Ticket Only’ event. ALL tickets MUST be pre-booked. FOMA Members will have first priority and the lecture is free. Non-members the cost will be £10.00.
Please be aware there are very few tickets left. Details of how to obtain them are on the poster below. Non-members please email via the website for availability.
First Lecture of 2017 is on 22nd March and titled Night Fighters Over Lincolnshire.
Night Fighters Over Lincolnshire by Mike Pugh-Davies
is a look at the operations of night fighters based in Lincolnshire during the Second World War and the night defence of the Midlands and the North, including operations against air-launched V1s and the early development of AEW.
OCTOBER: Flying the Messerschmitt Bf109
During Charlie’s career he has flown the Tornado GR1, Jet Provost, Chipmunk, Bulldog, Tucano, Firefly and Tutor and has flown many different types of aircraft. For many years he has been a regular display pilot flying all over the United Kingdom, and in using his skills and experience, has thrilled the crowds.
On 15th June 2014, he celebrated his 1,000th flying hour in the legendary Spitfire aircraft – with a drink called Spitfire Ale!
The 56-year-old from Leasingham has been invited to give an illustrated aviation talk titled: “Flying the Messerschmitt Bf109”
SEPTEMBER: British Aircraft Procurement 1945 – 1980 by Paul Stoddart
At the end of World War 2, the UK was well placed to play a leading role in the design and manufacture of modern combat aircraft. While some significant successes were achieved, such as the Canberra and Hunter, the overall performance fell well short of the considerable potential available in the nation’s industry. Protracted development programmes and poor decision making combined to result in missed opportunities and the waste of scarce resources. The result was the loss of both prestige and valuable exports. This talk will outline the decisions made and the aircraft procured in the context of the political and economic environment. It will also propose an alternative approach to the procurement of combat aircraft for the RAF and the FAA in the first few decades after the War.
AUGUST: More about Air Displays
Brian Lewis has in the past organised and directed the Lowestoft Seafront Air Festival, the Yorkshire Airshow, the Isle of Man Airshow, the Irish National Air Days, the Isle of Wight Airshow, the Seething Norfolk Airshow and many special events including running a flying display at Birmingham Airport in between the commercial operations. This lecture is a follow on from last years lecture.
JULY: History of the 6th (RCAF) Bomber Group
Now retired, Ken Cothliff (69) has a lifelong passion for aviation. Formerly the owner of an aviation supply business in Yorkshire, now a published author and writer, Ken has also taken up the hobby of classic cars acquiring two MG sports cars in the last five years.
Ken has been a long time attendee of various air shows and aviation events since the 1960s, and has a detailed knowledge of the aviation scene around the world. In addition to many aviation Museums and shows in the UK and Europe, he has been to Canada and the USA, going the AirVenture Show at Oshkosh in 2013.
Also Ken used to organise the Yorkshire Air Show, near York for a local company, Elvington Events Ltd., as “Event Director” for ten years, and for the last twenty years has also commentated at Air Displays around the UK, and in Malta and Canada.
FOMA’s very own Jeff Williams take the floor for the June lecture. Alexander Lippisch: A quiet man who never sought publicity, he is seldom adequately credited for his achievements……….Jeff seeks, in some small way, to put this right.
Mike is no stranger to Metheringham Airfield Visitor Centre having given numerous talks at our lecture evenings before. During this talk, Mike will outline the history of the Phantom before describing some of his own experiences with the aircraft, including participation in a world record.
Our next Lecture will take place on March 23 2016. Starting at 7.30pm ‘Wings of Aesculapius’ Dakotas, RAF Metheringham and Nocton Hall in WWII by Dr Ian Hindle and Paul Stoddart is topical to the Visitor Centre.