ILKLEY & DISTRICT u3a

Saturday talk – From airships to bouncing bomb and astrophysics, the life and work of Sir Barnes Wallis presented by Peter Rix

  • 16 Oct 2021
  • 10:00 AM - 11:45 PM
  • Main Hall, Clarke Foley Centre, Cunliffe Road, Ilkley, LS29 9DZ

Barnes Wallis is most famous for having invented the “Bouncing Bomb” which was used on the Dambusters raid against German Dams in May 1943. This raid and his role were subject of a well known 1950s film - The Dambusters. But that was just one of his many achievements. In the 1920s he was working and living in Yorkshire at Howden while he was responsible for designing and building the R100 airship, which was three times as long as a Jumbo Jet. He designed aircraft and weapons and designed key components of the radio telescope in Australia which was used to transmit many of the live tv images of the manned moon landing in 1969.

Under current Covid guidance there is no need to book - just turn up on the day. As before, seating will be at individual tables.

Entrance is £2 and includes tea or coffee and a biscuit served from 10.00 with the talk starting promptly at 10.30.

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