AVIATION history is being brought to life in a series of online talks being presented by Boscombe Down Aviation Collection (BDAC).

The collection, which is based at Hangar One on Old Sarum Airfield, has had to close its doors to visitors due to Covid-19.

The closure has also impacted its presentation programme which usually sees its conference room filled with audiences coming to listen to talks on a wide range of aviation-related subjects.

BDAC has come up with a programme of ‘virtual presentations’, which will be held via Zoom.

Forthcoming subjects include presentations on the TSR-2, de Haviland Comet, the Avro Vulcan and the Supermarine Spitfire.

The next talk in the series is The TSR-2 story by aviation author and journalist Denis Calvert and takes place on February 16.

The TSR-2 was a cancelled Cold War strike and reconnaissance aircraft developed by the British Aircraft Corporation for the Royal Air Force in the 1950s and 60s.

The presentation draws on rare original material and historical data to tell the story of this aircraft.

The next talk in the programme is A Circumnavigation - in Comet 4 on March 16 by Group Captain Roger Beazley CBE AFC RAF retired.

This will be followed by I learned about flying from that - mistakes and mishaps in the air on April 20 by Air Commodore Mike Bettell OBE RAF retired.

Visit the BDAC website for more information on the virtual talks planned.


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