Air Cdre 'Rod' Banks / Schneider Trophy / Miles M.52 Supersonic Aircraft (National Aerospace Library Sound Archive)


For your information a historic sound recording of  Air Commodore Francis Rodwell 'Rod' Banks  in which he describes in detail his long career in aviation and in particular his long involvement with the development of aero engines and his key role in the Schneider Trophy contests has just been added to the National Aerospace Library Sound Archive - a real 'Who's Who' of aviation personalities and historical subjects based on original recordings held in the Library's archives - and is now available to listen to via the Royal Aeronautical Society's SoundCloud web-site :-

The specific link to the recording is (just click on the arrow button to 'Play'):-

Air Cdre Banks' 1967 lecture has been released alongside recordings of lectures by Schneider Trophy pilot Gp. L. S. Snaith and a 2004 lecture by Mike Hirst on the history of the Miles M.52 supersonic aircraft project.

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,  Captain John Cecil Kelly-Rogers, John Farley, A. W. 'Bill' Bedford, H.R.H. The Duke of Edinburgh, Christopher Bartlett, Andy Sephton, Dr. Ron Smith, A. R. Collar and Sir Vernon Brown) 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, Sir Harry Ricardo, Clayton Knight, Henry Knowler, Mike Savage and Hugh Dibley) is :- 

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First Public Manned Demonstration of an EVTOL

On 30 August 2019, Damian Hischier (M) flew the first public manned demonstration of an EVTOL in aviation history, which makes him the first official test pilot of EVTOL aircraft.

To read the full press release, click HERE!

Martin-Baker Aircraft Company to Receive the 2019 Spirit of Flight Award

The National Aviation Hall of Fame’s 2019 Spirit of Flight Award to be Presented to

Martin-Baker Aircraft Company Limited 

DAYTON, OHIO – The Board of Trustees of the National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) is pleased to announce that its coveted 2019 Spirit of Flight Award will be presented to Martin-Baker Aircraft Company Limited (MBA) during the 57th Annual Enshrinement Dinner & Ceremony to be held in Denver, Colorado at Wings Over The Rockies Air & Space Museum on September 28, 2019.

The Spirit of Flight Award qualifications include organizations that serve a special need of the nation and set high standards for excellence in the utilization of aerospace assets.   Click here to read more...

Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of B-2 Spirit Bomber

2019 Gathering of Eagles

Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of B-2 Spirit Bomber

From First Flight to First Fight

Date: October 19, 2019

Location: Hunter Pavilion at AV Fairgrounds, Lancaster, CA

Time: 5pm, Dinner 6pm

Tickets: $100/person (full tables available)

Dinner & Discussion |  Eagle Honoree Presentation  |  Keepsake Silent Auction

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2019 Honorees

Frank T Birk
Col, USAF; B-2 Combined Test Force Director
William “Flaps” Flanagan
Flight Test Weapon System Operator (NGC)
Anthony A ‘Tony’ Imondi
LtCol, USAF; Strategic Air Command Pilot
Thomas J LeBeau
LtCol, USAF; Operational Test & Evaluation Pilot; B2 Test Pilot
Robert G ‘Bob’ Myers
Vice President B-2 Flight Test (NGC)
Otto J Waniczek
Air Vehicle Manager (NGC)

A Celebration of Life - Bob Gilliland (F)

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