National Aerospace Library Sound Archive - A. W. 'Bill' Bedford's 1964 lecture 'The Role of the Test Pilot'

For your information the sound recording of A. W. 'Bill' Bedford's historic 1964 lecture on 'The Role of the Test Pilot' (before a very distinguished audience which includes in the post-lecture discussion the voices of Captain Eric Brown, D. P. Davies, Brian Trubshaw, Sir Sydney Camm and Morien Morgan among others) has just been added to the National Aerospace Library Sound Archive - a real 'Who's Who' of aviation personalities and historical subjects -  and is now available to listen to via the Royal Aeronautical Society's SoundCloud web-site (just click on the arrow button to 'Play') :-

The  recording of Bill Bedford's lecture - which I believe will be of particular interest to members of the SETP - has been released alongside a 1969 sound recording of Clayton Knight at aged 78 recalling reminiscences from his life and of his flying career with the U.S. Air Service during the First World War and a recent 2018 lecture by aviation historian Peter Reese on the evolution of British aviation during the interwar years.

A quick link to the historic lectures and speeches available so far (including Sir Frederick Handley Page, Igor Sikorsky, Jeffrey Quill, Peter Twiss, Charles H. Gibbs-Smith, Andrew Brookes, Silvius Dornier, Sir Richard Glazebrook, Commander Graeme Rowan-Thomson, Keith Hayward, Sir Dermot Boyle, Philip Wills, Chris Yeo, Captain John Cecil Kelly-Rogers, Col. Al Worden, Peter Hearne, Sir George Edwards and John Farley) is:-

A quick link to the extended interviews available so far (including interviews with Captain Eric ‘Winkle’ Brown, Chuck Yeager, Scott Crossfield,  Handel Davies, Al White, Bill Humble, Pete Knight, Dick Johnson, Philip Lucas, Peter Bugge, Col. Emil ‘Ted’ Sturmthal, Harald Penrose, John Morton, D. P. Davies, Jeffrey Quill, John Cunningham, Sir Barnes Wallis, R. A. C. Brie and Sir Harry Ricardo) is :- 

All the historic podcasts released via the National Aerospace Library Sound Archive can also now be downloaded for free via iTunes:-

The intention of the National Aerospace Library Sound Archive project is to create a historically significant oral history archive which makes the voices of the past (pilots, engineers, scientists etc.) 'alive' once more to inspire and inform current and future generations and the sound archive has attracted a number of favourable comments / interest via social media.

Please note that  if these recordings or extracts from these recordings are to be reproduced  in any  way  (book,  journal  article,  web-site etc.), acknowledgement should  be  made to  the ‘Royal  Aeronautical  Society  (National Aerospace Library)’  as being  the source of  the original.

An online version of  an article  published in the Royal Aeronautical Society's magazine Aerospace December 2017 which reviews the latest developments  with the National Aerospace Library Sound Archive is available via the following web-site:-