31st January – Lecture: Battle of Britain – The Making of the Movie by Phil Holt

Tuesday 31st January 2023 – 17:30 GMT
LIVE from MOD Boscombe Down


Battle of Britain – The Making of the Movie

2019 saw the 50th anniversary of this fabulous film’s premiere. Sandwiched between clunky wooden models and CGI, this was the first (and to date only) film to tell the full story of the Battle. Producers Ben Fitz and Harry Saltzman wanted it to be big screen. The 2 air forces formed to fight it out for the Panavision cameras constituted, when combined, the 35th largest in the world! Using photos, footage & stories from those who flew for the fil, Phil Holt tells the behind the scenes story of how it was all done, from restoration to pyrotechnics, locations to dogfight planning.

Speaker Biography:

Phil Holt

Phil joined the National Air Traffic Services (NATS) in 1972. He served at several units including Heathrow, London Centre, Edinburgh and his longest controller service at Manchester Airport. His final job was as an instructor at the College of Air Traffic Control at Hurn, Bournemouth, spanning a career of almost 40 years before retiring in 2011.

He has served as a reservist in the R.A.F. as a flying instructor and in Maritime Air Region operations. He is as an active pilot and can count amongst his flying achievements parachute dropping and flying for the St John’s Ambulance air wing. Married to Diane, they have two Sons, Matthew is an airline Captain and Alex a manager for Aerospace and Defense company Cobham.

Phil joined the speaking circuit in 1988, since then he has given hundreds of presentations to audiences from twenty to over 1,500, formal and informal, male, female or mixed audiences. 

He is proud to be counted amongst the top speakers aboard P&O and Cunard cruise ships where large venues have to be found to accommodate his very popular presentations. Phil has a talent to inform yet amuse with an easygoing style.

Timings (Approximate):
17:15 – Event Opens
17:30 – Introduction & Branch Notices
17:40 – Lecture Presentation
18:30 – Q&A Session
18:45 – Event Closes

MOD Boscombe Down,


How to attend

If you would like to attend this lecture, please contact BoscombeDown@aerosociety.com and provide the following information:
– Your title/rank
– Your full name
– Your nationality

Visitors Welcome – you do not need to be a member of the Branch, nor a member of the Royal Aeronautical Society, to attend. Please note, due to the location, any international visitors require IVCO clearance in order to attend. This cannot be arranged by the Branch or MOD Boscombe Down and can take 21 days to process.

Are you pursuing CEng, IEng or EngTech status? Attendance at our lectures will help you meet your CPD requirements! 

If you have any comments or questions, please contact BoscombeDown@aerosociety.com.

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