His­toric Air­craft As­so­ci­a­tion an­nual Sym­po­sium

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Fi­nal prepa­ra­tions are in place for what again prom­ises to be first-class event, to be held at the RAF Mu­seum, Hen­don on Satur­day 27 Oc­to­ber. Four ex­cel­lent pre­sen­ta­tions are lined up, cov­er­ing a range of top­ics of in­ter­est to the his­toric air­craft move­ment.

Renowned au­thor and for­mer RAF pi­lot Ian Black re­calls his ex­pe­ri­ences fly­ing high per­for­mance jets in the 1980s, with par­tic­u­lar em­pha­sis on the for­mi­da­ble Light­ning. Ian be­gan his fly­ing ca­reer with the Mc­don­nell Dou­glas F-4 Phan­tom in RAF Ger­many at the height of the Cold War. Af­ter three years fly­ing ‘back seat’ he un­der­went pi­lot train­ing in 19841986 dur­ing which time he was awarded prizes for fly­ing abil­ity, aer­o­bat­ics and - un­sur­pris­ingly - nav­i­ga­tion skills. On com­ple­tion of his fly­ing train­ing Ian was se­lected to fly the English Elec­tric Light­ning in the air de­fence rôle. Twenty five years ear­lier, Ian’s fa­ther had been one of the RAF’S first Light­ning pi­lots and his son was set to be­come the last.

The HAA also wel­comes Flt Lt Rusty Waugh­man DFC. Af­ter train­ing in Canada, Rusty qual­i­fied as a heavy bomber pi­lot and was posted to No.101 (Spe­cial Du­ties) Squadron at Lud­ford Magna. He com­pleted a tour of op­er­a­tions, which be­gan dur­ing the Bat­tle of Ber­lin, where his crew un­der­took sev­eral op­er­a­tions. He sur­vived a mid-air col­li­sion, only to write the air­craft off on land­ing. Rusty and his crew had a fur­ther mirac­u­lous es­cape when their air­craft was blown up­side down, over the tar­get, at Mailly-le-camp.

Eric Ver­don Roe is the Chair­man of A V Roe Her­itage, which was was cre­ated to cel­e­brate the cen­te­nary of the first all Bri­tish flight by Sir Al­liott Ver­don-roe in 1909. Since then it has com­mem­o­rated the 100th an­niver­sary of the found­ing of AV Roe and Co in Manch­ester on 1st Jan­uary 2010 and the cen­te­nary of the Avro 504 - the most pro­lif­i­cally built aero­plane dur­ing the First World War - in 2013. Eric ac­quired a replica Avro 504, built in Ar­gentina that has now been cer­ti­fied to fly in Bri­tain by the CAA and is based at Sy­well. Film Pro­ducer Steve Milne is one of the lead­ing fig­ures be­hind this year's hit Spit­fire

doc­u­men­tary, widely seen in UK cin­e­mas in sum­mer 2018.

Spit­fire was co-di­rected by Ant Palmer and David Fair­head and pro­duced by Steve Milne of the Bri­tish Film Com­pany. It tells the story of the air­craft that was a cru­cial com­po­nent of the Bat­tle of Bri­tain dur­ing the Sec­ond World War, and fea­tures first­hand ac­counts from vet­eran pi­lots. With breath­tak­ing aerial footage from the world’s top avi­a­tion pho­tog­ra­pher, John Dibbs, along­side dig­i­tally re-mas­tered ar­chive footage, all com­bined with a spe­cially com­mis­sioned score by com­poser Chris Roe. Steve Milne takes us be­hindthe-scenes, to re­veal the story of this pro­duc­tion, with em­pha­sis on the fly­ing and film­ing chal­lenges as­so­ci­ated with op­er­at­ing th­ese his­toric fighter air­craft.

The Sym­po­sium is a full day event. Ad­mis­sion by ticket only. HAA Mem­bers £28, Non mem­bers £34. In­cludes re­fresh­ments on ar­rival, and pri­vate two-course lunch. For tick­ets and info visit

There are still places avail­able at the sym­po­sium

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