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Autumn talks series launched

Updated: Sep 21, 2022

Big names, exciting presentations and fascinating stories add up to a great season of talks at The Wing this autumn.

We've lined up a remarkable series of speakers on a diverse range of topics, and with spaces limited to 50 per talk, it really will be "first come, first served" as we brighten up those gloomy autumn weekends.

This year's curtain raiser on Sunday 2 October will be a visit by the Royal Air Force Presentation Team, which will see serving RAF personnel with wide-ranging experience delivering a multi-media presentation entitled The Current RAF.

This unmissable presentation begins at 2.30pm and is free to attend, but places must be booked in advance, with tickets limited to just 50. See booking details below.

On Sunday 9 October the Trust is delighted to be hosting a webinar presentation by Mandy Hickson entitled An Officer, Not a Gentleman.

Mandy served in the RAF as a Tornado GR4 fast jet pilot and operated in a number of hostile environments, including patrolling the ‘no fly’ zone over Iraq. Now a highly regarded motivational speaker, her webinar is set to be one of the highlights of our autumn talks series. Mandy has recently launched her bestselling book, An Officer, Not a Gentleman, which tells of her inspirational journey to become a pioneering female fighter pilot.

Please note this is a Zoom webinar, not a talk at The Wing. Follow the link below to book.

The autumn series continues with a talk by Stuart Outred on the intriguing circumstances that led to the capture, and later the execution, of Violette Szabo, who served with F Section Special Operations Executive (SOE) during the second world war.

Stuart spent three years investigating the circumstances around Violette's capture with forensic attention to detail, using his experience as a detective and his military service in an attempt to find out what really happened to Violette between landing by parachute in support of the D-Day landings and her execution in February 1945.

Other presentations planned for this season include a talk by John Harris on the work of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission on Sunday 20 November and a presentation and book signing by TV personality Jan Leeming on The Mouchotte Diaries on Sunday 27 November.

Ticket prices (except where stated above):

Friend of the Few (Hurricane) Free Entry

Friend of the Few (Spitfire) £5

Guest of Friend of the Few (max one per friend) £6

Non-members of Friends of the Few £12.

For details and to book (including for the RAF presentation) phone 01303 249292 or email

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