National Aerospace Library YouTube Channel campaign Introduction

The National Aerospace Library funded by the Royal Aeronautical Society has launched a new online heritage film collection with more than 30 videos uncovered films previously held in its archives and recently digitalised for viewing for the first time on the newly launched National Aerospace Library YouTube channel.

Films from the archive date back to 1927 and include among other highlights rare footage from Donald W. Douglas which showcases early airliners, the original inflight movie being shown and a film from the first round-the-world flight which took place in 1924.

The film archive covers the evolution of aviation and aerospace including:

  • A range of early rotorcraft films in colour and black-and-white
  • Airport footage, including from Britain’s first major international airport in Croydon
  • Early commercial aviation videos
  • Historical footage of the beginnings of the aerospace industry and aircraft design

In addition, this YouTube channel contains other video content such as documentaries and lectures which promotes rich heritage content.

A full list of the video content is arranged under ‘Playlists’ which can be found here: www.aerosociety.com/movies

The archive content will continue to be added to the YouTube channel, and viewers can subscribe for free to be alerted to new uploads.

Partners and Supporters

The key goal of this campaign is to inform current and future aviation professionals and enthusiasts of this rich historical video content as well as serve as a valuable historical record.

The National Aerospace Library’s campaign is supported by Royal Aeronautical Society, but partners and supporters have an essential role helping these unique and rare films to reach a larger audience by sharing, endorsing and talking about the campaign materials.

A few simple ways you can support this campaign:

- Subscribe to our YouTube channel: www.aerosociety.com/movies

- Share Introduction text above on your website and encourage people visit our YouTube channel

- Share our social media assets (find posts examples below and social cards are attached)

- Tell your staff and networks to visit our YouTube channel and share social media assets with anyone who might be interested in aviation history

- Show some of our films on your events – contact our library staff This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to see how videos can be shared.

We are very grateful for your help in sharing these great videos and the love for aviation history with as wide audience as possible!

Social Media Posts

Twitter

The National Aerospace Library with @AeroSociety has launched a new online heritage film archive which allows viewers to watch uncovered films held in its archives for the first time. History is now just one click away: www.aerosociety.com/movies #nalibrary

LinkedIn

The National Aerospace Library with @RoyalAeronauticalSociety has launched a new online heritage film archive with more than 30 videos and allows viewers to watch uncovered films held in its archives for the first time. Aviation History is now just one click away: www.aerosociety.com/movies #nalibrary

Facebook

The National Aerospace Library with @RoyalAeronauticalSociety has launched a new online heritage film archive. Films date back to 1927 and include historical footage of the beginnings of the aerospace industry and aircraft design, early rotorcraft, airport footage and early commercial aviation videos. Watch Aviation History come Alive: www.aerosociety.com/movies #nalibrary

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National Aerospace Library Sound Archive

To promote the various digital collections the National Aerospace Library has developed in recent years (including among others the Library's e-Book service, Heritage web-site and the Mary Evans Picture Library web-sites such as shown in the NAL Quick Links below) which people can still access if they are working at home or 'stuck' indoors, I have been busy compiling a series of articles for the Royal Aeronautical Society's Aerospace magazine to promote these services to those who are facing increasing social isolation during the coronavirus outbreak.

Please find attached the first of these to be published in Aerospace April 2020 which is an article on the National Aerospace Library Sound Archive

www.aerosociety.com/podcast

to which the very latest additions include a historic sound recording of Major Frederick Michael Green in which he recalls his experiences of the early days of developing aircraft at the Royal Aircraft Factory at Farnborough and recording of a 2008 lecture by Pat Norris on the operation of spy satellites during the Cold War.

The specific links to the sound recordings are (just click on the arrow button to 'Play'):-

https://www.aerosociety.com/news/audio-from-the-archive-f-m-green-on-life-at-the-royal-aircraft-factory-1910-17/

https://www.aerosociety.com/news/audio-classic-interview-series-the-real-space-race-spy-satellites-in-the-cold-war-by-pat-norris-fraes/

the plan is to try and add a new podcast each week (as permissions from the speakers or descendants of the speakers to digitally release the recordings are received)  and just today we have released a recording that would be of particular interest to SETP members of a 2012 lecture by Clive Rustin in which he reflects on his long career as a test pilot flying 165 different aircraft types 

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

https://www.aerosociety.com/news/audio-classic-lecture-series-55-years-of-flying-fun-by-clive-rustin-fraes/

Brian Riddle
Chief Librarian
National Aerospace Library

The Hiller X-18 / Fairchild C-123 / History of the Shorts Company / Future of Air Power (National Aerospace Library Sound Archive)

For your information a 2006 sound recording of Dr. Don Richardson HonFAIAA HonFRAeS in which he recollects on the parallel evolution of the Hiller X-18 / Fairchild C-123  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 :-

https://www.aerosociety.com/events/catch-up-on-events/video-audio-archive/

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

https://www.aerosociety.com/news/audio-classic-lecture-series-from-gliders-to-jets-the-insiders-guide-to-the-hiller-x-18-the-fairchild-c-123-by-dr-don-richardson-hon-fraes/

Dr. Richardson' lecture has been released alongside recordings of a 2007 lecture by Sir Brian Burridge FRAeS in which he reviews the future direction of air power requirements and a 2009 lecture by Gordon Bruce FRAeS in which he describes the long aviation history of the Shorts company.

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, Sir Vernon Brown, Air Commodore F. R. 'Rod' Banks, L. S. Snaith, Mike Hirst, Air Chief Marshal Sir Philip Joubert de La Ferte, Air Marshal Sir Victor Goddard, Sir Peter Masefield, Alan Mulally, Sir Charles Masefield and Sir Ralph Robins) is:-   

https://soundcloud.com/aerosociety-podcast/sets/classic-lecture-series

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National Test Pilot School - WASC Accreditation

Press Release WSCUC 5 March 2020

National Test Pilot School Graduation December 2019

NTPS Dec 2019

On Friday December 13th, 2019 The National Test Pilot School celebrated the graduation of the Test Pilot and Flight Test Engineer Professional Course 2019A. The graduation culminates an intensive year of academics and flight test training in aircraft performance, handling qualities, and systems. The graduates were: Flight Lieutenant Dylan Banning, Royal Australian Air Force; Captain Waldo Britz, Australian Army; Captain James Flawith, Australian Army; Flight Lieutenant Andrew Gill, Royal Australian Air Force; Flight Lieutenant David Kennedy, Royal Australian Air Force; Major Raz Rosenberg, Israeli Air Force. The graduates were awarded Experimental Flight Test or Flight Test Engineering Certificates and Masters’ degrees in Flight Test and Evaluation or Flight Test Engineering. The graduates will return to their home countries and start their careers in flight testing. The National Test Pilot School also celebrated Mr. Jacob Varnus for completing the NTPS Graduate Assistant Program. Jacob received a Flight Test Engineering Certificate and Master’s Degree in Flight Test Engineering and has accepted a position with the Space Ship Company, right here in Mojave.

 The National Test Pilot School (NTPS) is a not-for-profit civilian educational institution located and incorporated in the State of California. The School was established in 1981 to meet the flight test training needs of both the US and international aerospace communities.  NTPS students and customers come from a variety of backgrounds including military organizations, aerospace industry, governments, certification agencies, and even private citizens.  NTPS is accredited by ABET, the first test pilot in the world to be certified by European Aviation Safety Agency, and is recognized by the Society of Experimental Test Pilots.

The mission of the National Test Pilot School is to educate and train military and civilian aviation personnel so that each graduate increases flight test competency, improves flight test and aviation safety, and enhances the aerospace profession world-wide. Our mission is primarily accomplished through our professional courses and master’s programs that provide graduate level flight test education and training to test pilots and flight test engineers who learn to safely and effectively plan, execute, and report on flight test programs for their military or civilian organizations. Our mission is further accomplished through NTPS' continuing education programs, flight test-related research programs, and flight test support activities that increase competency, safety, and the breadth of knowledge in the aviation and flight test professions.