10th December – Lunchtime Lecture: The Hawker Typhoon – A Giant Sculpture and a Restoration by Dave Hands (Hawker Typhoon Preservation Group) & Geoff Clarkson (QinetiQ)

The RAeS Boscombe Down Branch invites you to attend the following Lunchtime Lecture: The Hawker Typhoon – A Giant Sculpture and a Restoration by Dave Hands (HTPG) & Geoff Clarkson (QinetiQ)

10th December 2019


The Hawker Typhoon – A Giant Sculpture and a Restoration

The Hawker Typhoon was a key aircraft used in WW2 for a range of tasks but is principally known for its use in D-Day and the ensuring Normandy campaign.  As part of the 75th anniversary commemorations QinetiQ built a larger than life-size sculpture of the aircraft for the Chalke Valley History Festival painted to resemble Typhoon RB396  which is in the process of being restored by the Hawker Typhoon Preservation Group.  This is the story of how the sculpture was built as an Apprentice and STEM project together with the progress and plans for completing the real RB396.


Dave Hands – Hawker Typhoon Preservation Group

Dave is a Senior Design Engineering consultant in the automotive industry and has worked all over the world.

He has been a private pilot most for most of his life having been a member of the British Gliding Team 3 times, a flying instructor, sheep farming microlight pilot in Australia, Power Pilot and flown hot air balloons. His greatest achievement in flying is having an equal number of landings as take offs.

Dave’s family connection with the Typhoon is through his father who was an engine flight test engineer for Napier, helping to develop the Sabre in a specially rigged Warwick Bomber test aircraft flying out of Luton. This passion for flight and engineering was passed to him and he wants to experience the same pride as he did when he saw Hawker Typhoons fly.

Geoff Clarkson – QinetiQ

Geoff is a Group Leader for Systems Engineering in QinetiQ.  He is also the Vice Chairman of the RAeS Boscombe Down Branch and Fellow of the RAeS.

Geoff has worked on a wide range of aerospace projects in both fixed and rotary wing domains.  Geoff was the QinetiQ technical sponsor for the Typhoon Sculpture project and has a further connection in that his grandfather produced cutaway drawing of the Typhoon and the Napier Sabre for Flight magazine during the Second World War.  

Lecture Hall
MOD Boscombe Down
12:15 – Tea, coffee and mince pies available
12:30 – Lecture Starts
13:30 – Lecture Finishes

Are you pursuing CEng, IEng or EngTech status? Attendance at our lectures will help you meet your CPD requirements, and certificates of attendance will be provided!

Visitors Welcome – you do not need to be a member of the Branch, nor a member of the Royal Aeronautical Society, to attend. For further details, explore the Branch website.

External members or members without a security pass will need to declare their intention to attend this lecture through contacting us at boscombedown@aerosociety.com
by Friday prior to the lecture.

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