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This lecture was given by Richard Knott, a highly acclaimed author and researcher on 20th century history who discussed the turbulent history of the 42 Empire Flying Boats built by Short Brothers. Richard’s lecture considers why the halcyon days of the flying boat were so short lived. Part of the story will touch on some figures from the past with flying boat connections: Churchill; the playwright, Terence Rattigan; Sir John Reith (who chaired both the BBC and Imperial Airways); Don Bennett (the wartime Pathfinder); and the doomed Duke of Kent. Recorded: May 16, 2013 

About the speaker:

Richard Knott, Author and Historian

Richard Knott is the author of ‘Flying Boats of the Empire’ which was published by Robert Hale in 2011. His previous book titled ‘Black Night for Bomber Command’ was published in 2007 by Pen & Sword. This book is an investigation into the events surrounding Black Thursday - 16 December 1943, when 43 aircraft crashed returning from a raid on Berlin. Richard has also published texts on cricket, poetry and education, but now concentrates on twentieth century history. He has a degree from King’s College London University and has been an actor, teacher and education advisor.  

Royal Aeronautical Society
18 September 2013