Branch AGM followed by Lecture 'The Royal Flying Corps at War - The Early Years'

10 March 2016

Cambridge University Engineering Department,Lecture Theatre 2 (LT2)


Branch AGM starts at 19:15.

Light Refreshments served from 18:45.

Please note the change of hall to Lecture Theatre 2 (not our usual LT 0).

Lecture Synopsis

When the RFC crossed to France in August 1914 to take its place alongside the Poor Bloody Infantry (PBI) and the other elements of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF), the military authorities mainly saw the aeroplane as a platform for reconnaissance.

In itself that was something of a 'visionary' step forward from the 1910 statement by the then professional head of the army who said that military aviation was "a useless and expensive fad".

This talk takes a brief look at the formation of the RFC only a short while before hostilities started, together with a more detailed description of the people and aircraft that went to France in the summer of 1914 as part of this new ‘Aerial Service’ that was to open a whole new chapter in the history of the British at war.  

Speaker Details

David Rowland


Cambridge University Engineering Department,Lecture Theatre 2 (LT2)