The Royal Aeronautical Society is the world's only professional body dedicated to the entire aerospace community. Established in 1866 to further the art, science and engineering of aeronautics, the Society has been at the forefront of developments in aerospace ever since.
Classic Lecture – Handley Page Ltd : 60 years of achievement by Harry Fraser-Mitchell FRAeS
Over six decades Handley Page Ltd produced a series of innovative aircraft designs. Starting with a profile of the company’s founder and driving force, Sir Frederick Handley Page, Harry Fraser-Mitchell takes us decade by decade through the company’s aircraft designs and concepts, including their large World War I aircraft, the Halifax and the Victor. He also explains how HP developed their aerodynamic slot, which proved to reduce stall-spins and helped the company to survive during the lean interwar period. The lecture concludes with the story behind the eventual collapse of the company and a review of some the company’s more interesting and most important projects.
A. H. Fraser-Mitchell FRAeS opened the conference ‘Handley Page Ltd : celebrating the centenary of the first British aircraft company’. The conference was organised by the Royal Aeronautical Society’s Historical Group on 10 September 2009. The lecture is introduced by Tony Edwards FRAeS and the recording was edited by Eur Ing Mike Stanberry FRAeS.
Classic Lecture – The Wellington by C. F. Andrews
The Vickers Wellington was Britain’s only bomber to serve throughout World War II, with double the number serving in the air force compared to its nearest rival. Its structure was designed by Sir Barnes Wallis who drew on his experience of airship construction to produce a geodetic structure that was able to absorb heavy damage.
Charles Andrews takes us through the technical development of the bomber and tells the stories of the men who worked on it and flew it. The recording concludes with a fascinating question and answer session, including insights into the relationships within the design team.
C. F. Andrews addressed a meeting organised by the Royal Aeronautical Society’s Historical Group on 13 March 1967. The lecture is introduced by J. L. Nayler FRAeS FAIAA, the recording was digitised thanks to a grant from the RAeS Foundation and the podcast was edited by Eur Ing Mike Stanberry FRAeS.
Classic Lecture – Aviation & the environment by Dr John Green FREng FRAeS
The effect that aviation has on the environment is one of the biggest challenges that our sector faces in the twenty-first century. In his 2006 Wilbur & Orville Wright Lecture, John Green takes us through the different technical approaches open to the worldwide aviation community so that our sector can become ‘greener by design’. Following tradition, Dr Green starts his lecture by paying tribute to the two brothers who were the first to conquer the challenges of powered flight.
Dr John Green FREng FRAeS gave the Royal Aeronautical Society’s 95th Wilbur & Orville Memorial Lecture on 14 December 2006. The lecture was introduced by the then President, Gordon Page HonFRAeS, and the podcast was edited by Eur Ing Mike Stanberry FRAeS.
Classic Lecture – Martin-Baker : Much More Than Ejector Seats by Brian A Miller OBE FRAeS
Aircraft designers turned world leaders in the design and manufacture of ejection and crashworthy seats, Martin-Baker has had a fascinating history. Life-long Martin-Baker man, Brian Miller, takes us through some stories from the company, including tales of its founder Sir James Martin, a ‘God-given natural engineer’, and the firm’s interwar fighter and light aircraft concepts. Later in the lecture, Miller goes on to discuss their work for NASA and ESA on lander systems.
Of course, Martin-Baker is world famous for one thing, and ‘ejector seat man’ Brian Miller was not able to resist dedicating the last half of his lecture to telling his audience how the firm diversified into aircraft safety. As well as explaining how the technology changed over time, he discusses working with other aircraft firms and armed services, how they cracked the US market and discusses the programmes that he and his colleagues have worked on, including for the V-bombers, TSR2, the F-35 and various helicopters.
Brian A Miller OBE FRAeS addressed a meeting organised by the Royal Aeronautical Society’s Historical Group on 3 November 2009. The lecture is introduced by Dr Kit Mitchell FRAeS and the recording was edited by Eur Ing Mike Stanberry FRAeS.
Classic Lecture – The History of Miles Aircraft by D. L. Brown FRAeS
This entertaining lecture on the enterprising Miles Aircraft company takes the listener on Miles’ journey from giving flying lessons on an Avro 504k during the 1920s to developing the M.52, the cancelled research aircraft that could have made Britain the first country to fly at supersonic speeds. The majority of Battle of Britain pilots trained on Miles' advanced trainer aircraft, the Master. The company also proposed a remotely piloted aircraft that would have carried a 1,000 lb bomb, though this was never put into production.
Long-standing Miles employee D. L. Brown's talk features such famous Miles’ civilian and military aircraft as the Martlet, Magister, Messenger and Marathon. This latter aircraft was the company's response to the Brabazon Committee. Brown also discusses the relationship with the Royal Aircraft Establishment, which helped sponsor the company's research work and financed some of its aircraft.
D. L. Brown FRAeS addressed a meeting organised by the Royal Aeronautical Society’s Historical Group on 22 November 1965. The lecture is introduced by J. L. Nayler FRAeS FAIAA, the recording was digitised thanks to a grant from the RAeS Foundation and the podcast was edited by Mike Stanberry FRAeS.
RAeS lecture: UK As A Global Space Power
The RAeS “National Space Programme” Webinar brought together leading figures from different parts of the UK Space sector to discuss the UK’s ambitions for Space in the 2020s. This webinar was sponsored by Telespazio UK : https://telespazio.co.uk/en/home
The Space sector provides enabling capabilities that underpin global policy, defence, quality of life and the knowledge-based economy. In a competitive and strategically important field, the UK has set itself challenging objectives. In this webinar, our impressive panel of speakers from government, academia, defence and industry discusses the role of a national space programme in realising this goal.
Howard Nye FRAeS, President-Elect, Royal Aeronautical Society
Ian Annett, Deputy CEO for Project Delivery, UK Space Agency
Gabriel Elefteriu, Director of Research and Head of Space Policy, Policy Exchange
Professor John Remedios, Head of the National Centre for Earth Observation, University of Leicester
Nick Shave, Chair, UKSpace