Aviation talks at East Boldre

Hello MHS members

This is to let you know that there are two aviation talks at East Boldre Village Hall on the evening of Friday 29th of June. See below for details.

Nick Saunders
Milton Heritage Society.


Two Illustrated Talks at East Boldre Village Hall

Two Great Pioneers of Aviation

Friday 29 June 2018 at East Boldre Village Hall


The Silver Dart and the First Flight of the British Empire
By Hon Col Gerald P J Haddon, RCAF (Rtd)

Gerald Haddon will unravel the fascinating saga of how his grandfather, J A D
McCurdy of Canada became the first person to fly in the British Empire in 1909. One
hundred years later, Gerald helped replicate both the Silver Dart and the experience
from the same setting near the estate of McCurdy’s associate, Alexander Graham
Bell. The success of the Silver Dart was instrumental in McCurdy’s building the
Curtiss Jenny, in his establishing the first aviation school in Canada and in
encouraging the large number of Canadians who came to RFC Beaulieu Training
Station in East Boldre to learn to fly for the Great War.


Charles Rolls and Britain’s First International Aviation Meeting
By Sqn Ldr Stephen Robson RAF (Rtd)

Charles Rolls (co-founder of Rolls-Royce), along with Drexel and McArdle from East
Boldre displayed and flew their aircraft at Britain’s first International Aircraft Meeting
in Bournemouth in 1910. Rolls, one of the first to order a Wright aircraft, built under
licence by the Short Brothers who created the first specific aircraft factory in Britain,
was the first person to complete a nonstop return flight across the English Channel in
June 1910. He died one month later at the Bournemouth Aviation Meeting in the
country’s first fatal aircraft crash.


Doors open 6:30 pm

Talks 7:00-8:00 and 8:30-9:30with an intermission 8:00-8:30

Wine and refreshments will be served during the interval

£5.00 per person at the door to include a glass of wine on entry

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