Duxford Event Report

The Imperial War Museum, Duxford

The Sidney Sussex Society held another successful event at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford on Saturday, 15th October.  50 alumni and guests listened to three lectures, the first one given by Professor Dame Ann Dowling (Head of the Department of Engineering at the University, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Chairman of the University Gas Turbine Partnership with Rolls-Royce) on the Silent Aircraft Initiative. 

Dr Bill Nuttall gave the second lecture on the TSR2 advanced strike and reconnaissance aircraft programme which was controversially cancelled in 1965.  One of only two preserved TSR2 “development batch” aircraft is on display at Duxford.

The final lecture was given by Leo McKinstry (1982), author of “Hurricane, Victor of the Battle of Britain”, “Spitfire, Portrait of a Legend” and “Lancaster, The Second World War’s Greatest Bomber”.  He spoke about the Hurricane and its lead role in the Battle of Britain. 

Children enjoyed their own event in the activity room where they made and painted Airfix model planes, badges and T-shirts and tried on a pilot’s headgear.  They also learnt about the ejection seat and how to make a parachute.

After lunch alumni and guests enjoyed guided tours of the Duxford site in wonderful sunshine.