Great War Aviation Seminar

Event Details

Event Date: 15-11-2014

Great War Aviation Seminar: 

Saturday 15 November

When the Great War broke out in August 1914, aviation was still relatively new – powered flight had only first occurred just over a decade previously and the military saw the flying machine purely as another reconnaissance platform. The first few months of the war saw the role of the aircraft change dramatically and by Christmas some of the first aircraft in France had carried out the first bombing raids and a new age of aviation had been born.

The Shuttleworth Collection’s Great War Aviation Seminar will look at how aviation developed during the war and in particular at how the Royal Flying Corps developed in the early part of the war. Two prominent aviation historians will deliver lectures before guests have a chance of viewing airworthy first world war aircraft close up with pilots who fly them today in air displays at Old Warden. 


David Rowlands joined British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) in 1969 as a co-pilot/navigator on VC 10 aircraft and then joined the Concorde Fleet in 1976, soon after the aircraft entered service, serving initially as a Co-Pilot and then as a Captain and Manager of the Concorde Fleet. He retired from flying in 1999 and since then has taken the opportunity to develop his knowledge of the Great War and especially aviation in that conflict. He gives talks on WW1 subjects and took part in the BBC2 Timewatch documentary ‘WW1 - Aces Falling’ (March 2009), which focussed on the flying careers of both Jimmy McCudden VC and Edward Mannock VC. He is a Past Chairman of the Heart of England Branch of the Western Front Association.

Peter Hart was born on 10 January 1955. His family is from Weardale in the North-East.  He moved to Chesterfield and attended Liverpool University.. Then did post-graduate teaching course and finally post-graduate librarianship at Liverpool Polytechnic. He has been oral historian at Sound Archive of Imperial War Museum since 1981. He has written several books on the First World War. His books include; The Somme, Jutland 1916, Bloody April on the air war in 1917, Passchendaele, Aces Falling (on the air war in 1918), 1918 A Very British Victory and Gallipoli.

Booking and Information:

£37.00 per adult, £32.00 for SVAS (SVAS must call in to book as we cannot validate the discounted price online)

Arrival time - 9am prompt.

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Adult In Advance Ticket Price: £37.00
Child Ticket Price: £FREE

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