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Spitfire 80th Anniversary of the maiden flight given by
Paul Beaver FRSA FRAeS
Author – Broadcaster – Historian – Historic Aeroplane Pilot

Hampshire’s Role in the Development
and Production of the Spitfire

Thursday 15th September 2016

The Great Hall, Winchester

6.30pm to 8.30pm

There is a small charge for tickets (£7.50 each), tickets can be purchased via the Hantsweb on-line Shop.

About Paul Beaver

Paul Beaver

Paul Beaver is an historian, broadcaster and writer who specialises in Air Power. He is very much a hands-on historian with his own vintage aeroplane company, Monty’s Messenger Ltd.

For 15 years, he was directly linked to Jane’s including Publisher & Editor-in-Chief of Jane’s Defence Weekly. He made JDW into a household name in 1990 through his broadcasting during the Liberation of Kuwait and eventually became a freelance war correspondent for Sky News and a studio ‘expert’ for BBC News and CNN International, for whom he jointly presented the 50th Anniversary of D-Day (from Normandy) and VE-Day (from Moscow). During this time, Paul wrote more than 40 books on naval and aviation history.

He is now Trustee of the International Bomber Command Centre and of the Barnes Wallis Foundation. He is actively involved in charity, including the organisation of Parliamentary dinners to raise awareness of key heritage aviation events. He is a committee member of the Air Power Association, a member of the Royal Air Force Historical Society and the Battle of Britain Historical Society. In June 2014, he delivered a sell-out lecture at the Chalke Valley History Festival, taking the people, places and politics of the Spitfire as his theme which led to SPITFIRE PEOPLE published in June 2015 with a foreword by the late Captain Eric Melrose Brown CBE DSC AFC RN.

His latest book, SPITFIRE EVOLUTION was published on 5th March 2016 to coincide with the 80th anniversary of the maiden flight of the Type 300 which became the Spitfire.


6.30 pm Tea and Coffee available

7.00 pm Welcome Speech by Councillor Keith Mans
Deputy Leader of the County Council

7.05pm Lecture begins Paul Beaver

8.00pm Questions and Answers