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Leaman Lecture

To mark Paul Leaman's imminent retirement as Chair of Trustees, after 40 years of dedicated service to the society, we're implementing a keynote lecture in his name, to be given at our AGM each year by an eminent aviation historian.

Note that you don't need to be a CCI member to attend - and admission to the RAFM and the Leaman Lecture is free of charge.

Peter KilduffThe 2010 Leaman Lecture will be given by author and historian Peter Kilduff at our AGM, on 17th April in the main auditorium of the RAF Museum, Hendon. Peter's name will be known to anyone who has even a passing interest in WW1 aviation - particularly from the German perspective - and most of us will have one or more of his books on our shelves.

Peter Kilduff is a founder and a President Emeritus of the League of World War I Aviation Historians. In 1986 he became the first managing editor of the League's quarterly journal Over the Front, and is currently its book review editor and an issue editor. He has been awarded the League’s Thornton D. Hooper Award for Excellence in Aviation History ten times. Peter was also a contributor and editor of the now-defunct U.S. Cross & Cockade Journal for 19 years, and has been a member of Cross & Cockade International since 1970.

Peter is the author of 14 books on aviation history, the latest of which is Black Fokker Leader: Carl Degelow – The First World War’s Last Airfighter Knight (Grub Street, London, 2009). His next book, Hermann Göring – Fighter Ace: The World War I Career of Germany’s Most Infamous Airman, will be released in May by Grub Street. He has also contributed chapters to four anthologies and articles in historical journals and magazines in the U.S. and the U.K. Peter has presented at League seminars and lectured at the University of the Armed Forces in Germany. A veteran of aircraft carrier service in the U.S. Navy, Peter was a journalist and professional communicator for over 40 years and retired in 2008 as Director of University Relations at his alma mater, Central Connecticut State University.  He is a recipient of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. Peter continues to pursue World War I aviation history research materials as the basis of current and future writing projects.

The subject of the 2010 Leaman Lecture will be Clayton Knight - a Yank in the RFC - the story of this fine artist, and one time member of 44 & 206 Sqns RFC/RAF.

Article posted: 02/02/2010

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