Congratulations to Peter Davies, who conceived the idea to celebrate 100 years of aviation history at Martlesham and to his team, who put together the event over a period of three years.
The original concept was conceived by Peter as a celebration of research and development at Martlesham. Not only the history of the airfield as a centre for British aviation research and development, but also British Telecom, who arrived here in the 70's and have also been responsible for ground breaking and innovative developments in the field of telecommunications.
The MH100 committee also wanted to include the concept and development of this unique village, with its design feature of a series of hamlets connected by footpaths with a central village green away from traffic. The new Martlesham Heath village is built on the site of the old aerodrome.
Many displays were exhibited in the church of St Michael's and All Angels. All telling the development and innovation theme. Martlesham Heath Aviation Society provided many pictures of historical interest as well as videos. British Telecom were present as was a stand from our friends at Bawdsey Radar museum. RAF Martlesham Heath was directly involved in the early development of airborne radar.The village history was also displayed.
In the Scout hut continuous video was shown. Among other topics, were the stories of veterans, some of whom were associated with Martlesham Heath
Many stands from organisations too numerous to mention were dotted around the village green.
The weather was perfect as we welcomed descendants of the American Eagle squadron who were based here for a time in 1941. 71 squadron RAF was one of three squadrons formed by the RAF to help us in our time of need when we stood alone against the Nazi menace.
Various photos and a video of the unveiling of the commemorative stone by John Cooper. Press VIDEO to view.
Red Devils display -
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Descendants of the American airmen who fought with the RAF in the “Eagle Squadrons” Laying a wreath at the foot of the new Commemorative Stone in memory.
The Red Devils -
Hurricane and Spitfire of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight salute the heritage and history of Martlesham Heath
Sadly we have to report the passing of one of our longest standing members. Jim Empson died on Friday 13th October, aged 85. A tribute to Jim is on our OBITUARIES page.
Our meeting on Friday, 3rd November saw the return of an old friend of the society. Clive Denny was accompanied by his wife, Linda. The title of his illustrated talk was entitled, "A Day in the Life of an Air Show."
Clive and Linda have a restoration business, "Vintage Fabrics." They restore vintage aircraft and among other occupations, re-
Clive is probably better known as a display pilot at air shows. He routinely flies and displays Spitfires Hurricanes. He explained how the air show scene has changed dramatically since the Shoreham air show disaster. Procedures are now more strict, with aircraft now only able to display further away from the crowds. A vote of thanks was given by our chairman, Martyn Cook.