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2024 Lecture Programme

The full details of The Great War Aviation Society's online events programme are listed here. The programme is free for GWAS members. Guests are most welcome and tickets can be bought for £5 per event from our shop.
The full details of The Great War Aviation Society's online events programme are listed here.

The programme is free for GWAS members. Guests are most welcome and tickets can be bought for £5 per event from our shop. All members and subscribers will receive an email close to the time of each event, containing full event details and a registration link. Please note all times are GMT.
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Title: Breaking the Racial Barriers in the Air
Speaker: Jon Guttman
Date: 18th January 2024, 8.00 pm GMT
Among the many social changes that emerged amid World War I was the first entry of non-Europeans into the seemingly elite realm of military aviation. Although they faced prejudice, by 1918, pilots of African descent turned up in the Italian Air Corps, the Turkish Navy, Britain’s Royal Flying Corps and the French Air Service.
Jon Guttman, a resident of Leesburg, Virginia, is currently the senior editor for Historynet.com. Specialising in World War I aviation, he has written nineteen titles for Osprey, including the popular Aircraft of the Aces 66: Balloon-Busting Aces of World War I, as well as Grim Reapers: French Escadrille 94 in World War I and Aerial Foreign Legion: Volunteer Foreign Airmen in French Escadrille Service.


Title: Farnborough's FEE; the first M.R.C.A
Speaker: Paul R. Hare
Date: 22nd February 2024, 8.00 pm GMT 
The story of the design, development, service use and post-war career of the F.E.2
Paul, a retired engineer, has made a life-long study of the Royal Aircraft Factory and its products. He has written extensively on the subject and is a regular contributor to the Cross & Cockade Journal.


Title: Bristol Scout 1264: Rebuilding Granddad's Aircraft
Speaker: David Bremner
Date: 21st March 2024, 8.00 pm GMT
In 1913, Frank Barnwell designed the Bristol Scout, which was the fastest and most manoeuvrable warplane for the first eighteen months of the First World War, and became the prototype single-seat fighter from which all later fighters were derived.
In 1916, Flt Sub Lt F. D. H. Bremner RNAS flew Bristol Scouts for No. 2 Wing in the eastern Mediterranean. 70 years later, his grandson David discovered three aircraft parts from Scout no. 1264 in his late grandfather's workshop, and 20 years later, David and his friend Theo Willford researched the possibility of rebuilding her from these three parts.
In this talk, David shares the challenges of recreating 1264 and getting her back in the air.


Title: 'Writing the truth as I feel it’: V. M. Yeates’ Winged Victory and the Interwar Image of the Fighter Pilot
Speaker: Michael Terry
Date: 13th April 2024, 2.00 pm GMT
1934 saw the release of the book Winged Victory by Victor Maslin Yeates, a fighter pilot who had been left both physically and mentally broken by the war. Persuaded to write of his experiences, Yeates, a dying man, refused to write stories like the ‘bunk’ of Biggles and declared that he was only interested in ‘writing the truth as I feel it’ about the brutal reality of early aerial combat. His book was critically acclaimed, but it failed in its ambition to change the public perception of the fighter pilot and largely faded from memory. Winged Victory helps us understand how we remember aviation during the First World War as a whole.

Title: The Poor Bloody Observer
Speaker: Peter Rowbottom
Date: 9th May 2024, 8.00 pm GMT
An overview of the Observers' role on the Western Front and the difficulties they faced in terms of promotion, pay, prestige and life expectancy.
I am a retired History teacher with an interest in aviation. I’ve written chapters on both the First and Second world war for the local Colchester Grammar school. I have also written articles on the RFC for another Great War group and was a guest speaker at last year’s conference. I am currently a speaker for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and a member of the Independent Monitoring Board for the Military Corrective Training Centre ( MCTC) here in Colchester. I enjoy visiting both First and Second World War sites, watching Football and attending concerts by old punk and Indie bands. My hearing is not what it used to be.


Title: The Nieuport company until 1918
Speaker: David Méchin
Date: June 2024, 8.00 pm GMT
History of the Nieuport company, from the small workshop in Suresnes in 1910 to the large factory in Issy-les-Moulineaux in 1918, and from the first prototype designed by Edouard Nieuport to the fighters models designed by Gustave Delage.
Born in 1971, David Méchin is an aviation historian for two decades, writing many articles in the French historical press, some translated for the Cross and Cockade magazine. He recently wrote an encyclopaedia on WW1 French aces published by Aeronauts Press.

Article posted: 09/01/2024

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