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The RAeS Solent Branch holds lectures every month that anyone can attend at no charge. Both members and non-members are welcome. For more details on how to find where the lectures below are held, please see the lecture locations page.


Next Lecture:


From Massey Ferguson to Concorde

Wednesday 17th May - 19:00 (doors at 18:30)

Solent Sky Museum

Presented by Captain John White

Lecture Poster

This year's lecture accompanying the Solent Branch AGM will be given by Capt John White (known as Noj), and will be a fascinating romp through his career, starting as the son of a farmer, flying training as a BOAC cadet at Hamble and then to VC10s, B747 (both Classic and 400 series) and Concorde. Given the variation in his flying career the talk will be sure to include many interesting anecdotes and experiences.

Make a note in your diary and do come along and enjoy the evening which will also give you the freedom to roam around  the Solent Sky Museum free of charge before the AGM and lecture start. Doors open at 6.30pm and the AGM and Lecture start at 7.00pm.

Please see the Solent Sky museum's website for directions.

Information: Rod Powell – tel 07479657247

Image courtesy and copyright BAE Systems


Future Lectures:

Cobham Special Mission: Past and Present

Tuesday 23rd May - 19:15 (doors at 18:45)

HMS Sultan

Presented by Stuart Martin CEng MRAeS, Head of Design and Mission Systems, Cobham Special Mission

Lecture Poster

Cobham's Special Mission Department combines state-of-the-art technology with complex air platforms to deliver customised airborne surveillance, operational readiness training and search and rescue services.  Stuart will be talking about how the company supports the armed forces now and throughout their long history.

This lecture takes place on a military establishment so advance registration is required.  Please supply your Name, Vehicle Registration Number, Make and Model by Friday 19th May to

See Lecture locations for directions

Image courtesy and copyright Cobham PLC



More lectures will be added to the programme throughout the season.  Please check back regularly or like our Facebook page for updates.