The Sir Sydney Camm Named Lecture was established in 1971, following his death in 1966, to commemorate his significant achievements in the field of aeronautical engineering. Sir Sydney Camm CBE FRAeS was one of Britain’s most distinguished aircraft designers. His achievements are unique; he was responsible for the design of numerous aircraft including the Hawker Hurricane fighter and also the Hart, the Fury, the Typhoon, Tempest, Sea Fury, Sea Hawk, the Hunter and the Harrier.

At this year’s Sir Sydney Camm Lecture, Sir Stephen Dalton, Chief of the Air Staff for the Royal Air Force, outlined the vital contribution that Air Power has made to international security during the last hundred years. Sir Stephen went on to discuss the pivotal role that air power must continue to play in future operations, if the UK intends to retain global influence and proactively shape the uncertain world of the future.

Please click here to download the transcript of the 2013 Sir Sydney Camm Lecture, delivered by ACM Sir Stephen Dalton, Chief of the Air Staff, Royal Air Force.

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About the speaker:

Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton GCB ADC LLD(Hon) BSc FRAeS CCMI RAF, Chief of the Air Staff, Royal Air Force

ACM Sir Stephen Dalton joined the Royal Air Force in 1976.  He flew the Jaguar during the height of the Cold War and then later trained to fly the Tornado GR1A.  He commanded RAF Coltishall and the RAF’s Jaguar Force for 2 years and was subsequently appointed as Director of the Eurofighter (Typhoon) Programme Assurance Group in the MoD.  After attending the Higher Command Staff Course in 2002, he was later appointed Director of Air Operations. On promotion to Air Vice-Marshal he took over the post of Capability Manager for Information Superiority and in April 2004 he was appointed Controller Aircraft.  In May 2006, ACM Dalton took up the appointment of Director General Typhoon in the MoD and in May 2007 he became Deputy Commander in Chief Personnel and Air Member for Personnel.  He was promoted to Air Chief Marshal in April 2009 and was appointed Chief of the Air Staff on 31 July 2009. ACM Dalton was awarded the Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath in the 2012 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.  

Royal Aeronautical Society
13 June 2013