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Flying WW1 Aircraft - Roger Bailey, Shuttleworth Collection

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Roger Bailey will talk about flying WW1 aircraft, from his experience as a pilot with the Shuttleworth Collection.

The talk will discuss the aircraft basic stability and control parameters required for modern aircraft and illustrate how many WW1 aircraft were more or less deficient when measured against the present requirements. These deficiencies meant that WW1 aircraft could be very different from other contemporary machines requiring bespoke piloting techniques. The talk will also describe the operation of the rotary engine which was widely used during WW1 but was rendered obsolete by 1920.

Roger Bailey joined the Royal Air Force in 1969 straight from school as a pilot cadet. In typical forces tradition the name Roger was instantly corrupted to Roger the Dodger – and quickly shortened to ‘Dodge’. During his training he flew the Chipmunk, Jet Provost, Gnat and Varsity aircraft. He was posted to the C-130 Hercules and served with 48 Squadron, 24 Squadron, and 242 OCU as Co-pilot, Captain, and Training Captain respectively. After the C-130 he attended the Central Flying School to train as a Qualified Flying Instructor on the Bulldog and subsequently served on the Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde Air Squadron and Bulldog Standards Flight. Next he attended the United States Air Force Test Pilot School as an exchange student and there flew over twenty types including the T38 , A37, F4, A7 and C5. After graduating in December 1986 he joined Flight Systems Squadron at the Royal Aircraft Establishment, Bedford where he flew BAC 1 -11, HS 748 , Viscount, Hawk and Tornado aircraft and completed a rotary wing conversion on to the Gazelle. He was appointed the Officer Commanding Aerospace Research Squadron in 1988 and retired from the Royal Air Force in December 1989. After leaving the RAF he joined the then College of Aeronautics at Cranfield as Chief Test Pilot. Subsequently he became Head of Flight Operations for Cranfield Universities National Flying Laboratory Centre which operates Cranfield’s Jetstream and Bulldog aircraft. He retired from Cranfield University in 2012 but remains the nominated Chief Test Pilot for Cranfield Aerospace. He joined the volunteer pilot cadre of the Shuttleworth Collection in 1989 and has flown for the Collection through every display season since then.

Date: Wednesday 28 January 2015

Time: Refreshments served from 18.30. Talk starts at 19.00. Ends by 21:00 following questions and discussion.

Venue: Lecture Room 4, Cambridge University Engineering Department, Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1PZ (directions). There is limited parking available on site.

Free to attend. Booking not required. All welcome.

This talk is open to the public and is suitable for students and engineers. You are encouraged to bring with you colleagues, friends and family who are interested in engineering and aviation.

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This event is organised by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Beds and Cambs area.

This talk is part of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (Cambridgeshire Area) series.

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