ILKLEY & DISTRICT U3A

Aviation Group


                            


During the winter session, members of the Aviation Group and guest speakers contributed topics including the history of Leeds/Bradford airport, the development of 'stealth technology', the Airbus 310 & Fokker Friendship turboprops, MAF flying for life and, recently, the great Mull air mystery.  This is the disappearance of Peter Gibbs on 24 December 1975 after he took an unscheduled solo night flight.  His uninjured body was discovered, minus the plane, on a hillside four months later, but how and why he came to be there has never been established - an intriguing problem-solving exercise for the group.

The final meeting last month saw the return of Professor Richard Morris, who spoke on 'Aspects of Aviation in Yorkshire 1919-1939', taken from research material for his most recent book 'Yorkshire'.  The book, soon to be in paperback, weaves together history, family stories, travelogue and ecology, revealing how the county took shape.

Our well-attended meetings, held on the first Wednesday morning each month, will probably have a new venue in the autumn, to which new members will be welcome.


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