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News updated 18Mar2018

Harriers over Dunsfold


Kingston Aviation Centenary Project (KACP)

The website continues to be updated with very interesting weekly stories of Sopwith 100 years ago, Hawker People stories and photos added to the gallery.

There is a very interesting set of PDF files giving a short history of the Ham factory; best to return to the Menu, from a pdf file display, using the back arrow or backspace key.

Brooklands Museum

The Re-Engineering Brooklands project.

The museum needs volunteers; could you spend a few hours a week helping out. More


14 June It is with great regret that we pass on the sad news that John Farley died at home on 13th June after a long and unpleasant illness. He was with his family at the end, and typically of John he slipped away quietly. The funeral arrangements are still to be made, but as soon as they are known the HA will inform the Members. Chris Roberts

18 March LOST SIGNBOARD Mike Fantham took a factory sign to the Ham factory centenary exhibition on September 9th 2017 and sadly left it on the window sill in the far left corner of the room nearest the river. A staff member at the YMCA understood that one of the people associated with the exhibition had it in safe keeping but he didn't know who this was. Mike wants the sign to end up at the Brooklands Museum. It is about 900 mm long painted blue with ‘Robin Hangar' in white letters. If you have this sign or know where it is please let Chris Farara know at . Many thanks. Chris Farara

18 March Nick Stroud, editor of The Aviation Historian, is searching for information and photographs related to the Hawker Tempests and Sea Furies that served with the Royal Pakistan Air Force. If you have any direct knowledge, or know someone who might, please contact Nick at Even the most seemingly insignificant piece of in information would be helpful to Nick. Thank you. Chris Farara

10 March IMPORTANT NOTICE. The Duncan Simpson Memorial Service scheduled for 24 April, that is announced in the Spring newsletter, has been cancelled. At present there are no plans to re-schedule.

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Most of the talks given to the Association are videoed by Richard Cannon. If you missed a talk many are available as a video DVD; the List also gives links to the newsletter stories of talks.

For Hawk enthusiasts - The Aviation Historian issue 11, published on April 15th, contains a 14 page feature on the Air Force of Zimbabwe's use of the Hawk in the Second Congo War during 1998–99. Details of what was called "the Hawk's finest hour" have only slowly emerged over the last 15 years.

Are you a Member ? If you have worked for Hawkers or a successor company you are eligible to join. In addition membership may, at the discretion of the Committee, also be granted to those people who share the interests and aims of the Association. Check the list of qualifying companies. The subscription is only £5. Membership Application form; PDF Document (3kb).

Next Events

On Wed 11 July  Dick Wise will talk on ‘Ernest Hemingway visits Dunsfold, D-Day, and Divorce’. There will be a committee meeting in the morning.

13 June was a fine day for the 30 members attending the excellent Summer BBQ.

9 May  Ed Hui gave a very interesting talk on paper aeroplanes and many other topics.

11 April there was the AGM; Photos  

14 March Dick Poole gave a very interesting talk on the Harrier ski-jump flight trials to around 38 members and 7 guests; photos. Also Graham James, a Brooklands volunteer and a key member of the Harrier Special Interest Group section of the IPMS (International Plastic Modellers Society) displayed some of his Harrier models; photos of Graham’s collection of 32 models.

8 March Newsletter 50 Spring 2018 PDF is available online.

15 January When Google changed from Picasa Web Albums to Google Photos they removed the option to give public access to albums and the Photo link in the Menu stopped working; I couldn’t find a fix until now. Links to all 19 albums can be seen on one page again. It needed all the photos to be uploaded which meant all the links to albums have had to be updated; if there are any problems please let the webmaster know using the link in the banner. Unfortunately Google have disabled the fix and new albums won’t be seen in the albums page.

The 2017 Xmas dinner News letter story and photos taken by Frank Rainsborough are online.

9 December Newsletter 49 Winter 2017 PDF is available online.

Grroup with Sea FuryOn 27 September 21 members had a very interesting visit to Yeolvilton Royal Navy Air Station Historic Flight (RNHF); Story, Photos


On Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 September the Richmond Road Factory Heritage Open Days centenary exhibition at the Hawker Centre was extremely successful with more than 871 visitors including 125 children. That was more than the total of all the other 17 Heritage Open Days events in Kingston. Story and photos.

On 14 June there was super weather for the excellent Summer BBQ. Story, photos

Association Ties are available at a cost of £7.50. Details

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Canbury Park Road Factory