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Monday 28th November - 1900 for 1930 hrs - ‘100 years of the Royal Navy Search & Rescue’ presented by David Morris

Many people are familiar with Search and Rescue today and the sight of a rescue helicopter speeding to someone’s aid. Some may think back to WW2 and recall the Walrus and Sunderland Flying Boats, but not so many realise that the first use of an aircraft for a Search and Rescue mission was conducted more than 100 years ago, by a Royal Navy pilot.

A newly released book and a new exhibition at the Fleet Air Arm Museum at Yeovilton, Somerset, charts the history of Search and Rescue, beginning with the first airborne search & rescue mission that earned the pilot Richard Bell-Davies a AirACES Arun & Chichester (Air) Enthusiasts Society www.airaces.org.uk Victoria Cross.

Yeovilton Curator of Aircraft, David Morris, describes Richard Bell-Davies’ very heroic rescue as well as explaining the history of Search and Rescue by the Royal Navy – not just at sea, but in jungle, desert and arctic terrains from WW1 up to the present day.

Air ACES is an aviation talk society, providing its members with regular talks, given by experts in many different fields related to the world of aviation. These talks cover subjects such as test flying, piloting iconic aircraft, RAF, aviation industry, air displays and many other related topics.

Monday 12th December - 1900 for 1930 hrs - ‘Flying with the Larks – up to WW1’, presented by Timothy Brown and ‘Stories from a Career in Flying – including the Chinook’

Presented by Mr. Lorimer Burn.

For their pre-Christmas talk evening, Air ACES are very proud to present two shorter talks, on completely different subjects, by two very well-known speakers.

Mr. Timothy Brown will start the evening, with an illustrated talk - ‘Flying with the Larks’. This story tells of the early aviators at Lark Hill in Wiltshire, and the part that they played in the creation of the British Aviation Industry, together with the formation of the Royal Flying Corps – from 1909 until 1914.

Air ACES members have requested the return of Mr. Lorimer Burn, to give another of his brilliant & interesting talks. After the break, Lorimer will be talking about his flying career and especially the time that he spent with that amazing helicopter – the Chinook.

His story will be in 4 parts. The first will be about his Naval operations off Iceland during the Cold War. The second part will be about helicopter flying in the Royal Navy – and will include some dramatic film of landing a Lynx helicopter onto a frigate – in a gale.

Chinook

The third section will cover the Chinook & North Sea oil rigs, and the last is entitled – “Don’t fly through a thunderstorm” – incredible footage.

FREE coffees & mince pies, for all attendees, will available during the interval.

Air ACES is an aviation talk society, providing its members with regular talks, given by experts in many different fields related to the world of aviation. These talks cover subjects such as test flying, piloting iconic aircraft, RAF, aviation industry, air displays and many other related topics.

The talks are held at the Chichester Park Hotel, Westhampnett Road, Chichester, 7.00 for 7.30 pm. Admission for members is £3, non-members £5 and under 16s FREE.

For further information about Air ACES, please see www.airaces.org.uk or call David Batcock on 01243 823007

Posted on Wed, October 26 2016