Appropriately on the anniversary of Britain’s first powered aeroplane flight, Richard Gardner MRAeS, Chairman of Farnborough Air Sciences Trust, and former editor of Aerospace magazine, will give an illustrated talk on the genius of UK aerospace, which saw it rise to a peak in the 1950s and 60s and then gradually transform itself out of all recognition. From an unchallenged position of European leadership and dominance in aerospace, a mixture of poor political judgement and short-term industrial strategy, threw away the key unique strengths that that made the UK aviation sector the second most influential and capable in the world. How did this happen? Why did it happen? How is it now engaging in the challenge of re-building itself around new, emerging opportunities and strengths? These issues will be examined in a thought-provoking lecture.
107 Glasgow Prestwick Intnl Airport,