We had a very good turn out for a non speaker evening. The evening began with a book sale to raise funds for the Essex Air Ambulance.
We then had photo displays from Andrew, Kevin & Marius.
We had our annual Quiz provided by Brian Richards and Nigel Kemp organised the photo competition with prizes being awarded to best air shot & best ground shot voted on by members attending. The winning photos can be found here
The Branch held it’s A.G.M.
Local author Stephen Skinner returned and this time spoke about the Bae 146. Stephen covered the development through to current operations showing the many uses that the aircraft has been deployed in as well as the fact so many are still operating in 2017.
Barry Lloyd gave the audience a highly entertaining account of his time as a Bae salesman at first with the HS748 which he took to all over central America and the West Indies as well his later time selling the Bae125 including a very memorable trip to Russian states.
Phil Kemp gave a briefing for the forthcoming Air Britain Fly-in at North Weald
Phil Kemp gave an Air Britain Fly-in debrief followed by members photos
Part of the branch’s 50th Anniversary celebration August was used to display old slides that members had taken over the last 50 years. The display featured many Airlines and aircraft no longer seen in our skies and many airfields who have seen substantial change since the photo was taken. Many of the slides featured Stansted and Luton.
Our Golden Jubilee was celebrated with a reception at the Novotel Hotel, Stansted Airport which was attended by over 50 people including past and present members and their partners, plus guests including Air-Britain Trust Chairman Malcolm Fillmore and Executive Trustees Phil Kemp and Simon Wills.
Mark Miller gave as an informative presentation on de Havilland Support Ltd and its key role in the present day with airworthiness issues relating to selected British built light aircraft
A member’s evening was arranged at short notice after our guest speaker had to cancel
A good sized audience welcomed back Graeme Douglas to give an interesting talk on the Fw 190 which is the subject of his latest book in the renowned “Owner’s Manual” series.