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Strut Info 2018
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Strut Meetings / Events 2018
21st November 2018 Strut Meeting - Crowfield Club House 7:30pm

Ian McLaclan will be coming down from Beccles to give a talk on Aviation Archaeology of second World War Aircraft and the background stories of their aircrews.

Ian is an Aviation Historian who has written a number of books, mostly on USAF, and has recently been the presenter of the Plane Resurrection series on the History Channel.

17th October 2018 Strut Meeting - Crowfield Club House 7:30pm

David Beale will coming from Ely to give a talk about the history of the Mew Gull, and the building & flying of his Replica Mew Gull G-HEKL.

David attended our fly-in this year, although as Boxted was somewhat marginal for the Mew Gull, he came along in his Tipsy Belfair G-APIE

19th September 2018 Strut Meeting - Crowfield Club House 7:30pm

Chris Harrison, who has recently moved to the area from the South West, will be giving a talk on his life in aviation, which includes the building of a number of aircraft

15th August 2018 Strut Meeting - Visit to Suffolk Aviation Heritage Group Museum from 7pm

The museum is locatted in, Foxhall Road, Kesgrave nr Ipswich. (IP10 0AH)
It has a large car park, so there shouldn't be any problems with parking.

Directions to Museum

The Suffolk Aviation Heritage Museum opened in 2008 in the generator block, on the site of a former US military communications centre (where the big radio towers were)

The groups main aim is to detail the history of aviation in Suffolk. One of their other projects to to raise funds for a memorial Statue to Edith Maud Cook, Britain's first female pilot, who was born in Ipswich.

It is only a small museum and won't take long to explore, although one of the Trustees, Colin Durrant, will be on hand to give our group a talk on the history of the site and museum.

Also in one of the out buildings, not normally open to the public, is a Bleriot monoplane which is currently being build. This will be able made available for us view and Telford Thomson (known as Tom) the builder will be on hand to tell us about the project and answer any questions. Tom has send a couple of photos taken during the construction to wet your appetite:

The museum will be open to us from 7pm, so if anyone coming can aim to arrive by 7:30pm (our meeting time), and then Colin can give the tour/talk around 7:45pm. There is a small tea room and drinks/nibbles will be available to purchase.

Normal admission is Free (donations welcome!), although as they are opening up especially for us I would suggest a 10 donation to the museum funds/Edith Cook fund.

18th July 2018 Strut Meeting - Meet-up at Highwayman Pub from 7:30pm

With a very successful Boxted this weekend just gone, where there was a good turn out of strut members, it could almost be have been classed as the July Meeting, especially as I haven't got any thing else specific planned for the normal 3rd Wednesday date.

So just to keep something on the calendar, this month's meeting will be an informal meet up at the Highwayman pub, to reminisce on the day at Boxted and any other topics of interest, over a drink.

For those new member who haven't been there before, the Highwayman pub is on the A140 (northbound) very near to the turn off for Crowfield Airfield

Highwayman pub Directions

20th June 2018 Strut Meeting - Fly/Drive out to Clacton

As the June meeting almost coincides with the longest day, the plan is to have an evening fly-out to Clacton for Fish 'n' Chips.

Clacton are happy for us to fly in and there are at least 3 cafe/restaurants that look large enough for lots of people if we want to eat.

Suggest arrive at Clacton arround 6pm, and then to head out for the sea front by 6:30pm

Pilots will have to phone Clacton before 5pm on the day for PPR and briefing. If people want to go by road they are welcome and Steve has offered to supply a minibus

16th May 2018 Strut Meeting - Crowfield Club House 7:30pm

Strut member Anthony Preston will be giving his talk entitled "A Love of Flying with a Few Errors of Judgement"

18th April 2018 Strut Meeting - Crowfield Club House 7:30pm

As usual the April meeting will be the Strut AGM.

Please come along and support your strut - As well as the general running of the Strut, it's the time everyone can put forward their ideas for meetings, fly-outs, visits etc for the forthcoming year, plus go over plans for this years Boxted Fly-in.

21st March 2018 Strut Meeting - Crowfield Club House 7:30pm

Strut members Heather & Adam will be giving a presentation on a flight to Poland in their Auster

7th March 2018 Strut meal and social evening

The Strut holds an annual dinner - usually in February, to which partners and friends are invited. This year, as we have had a lot of new members join the Strut, we are changing the format a little to make it easier to mix, chat and get to know each other better, by having a finger buffet instead of a formal meal.

The details are:

       When: Wednesday 7th March from 19:00

       Where: The Highwayman (on the A140 opposite the turning to Crowfield Airfield)

       Cost: 18 for the buffet, the Strut pays for the drinks on arrival

It would be really great to see as many of you there as possible, especially new members and partners.

Please can you let Tony Turner () know ASAP, but DEFINITELY before 26th February if you plan to attend and also if you have any special dietary requirements

21st February 2018 Strut Meeting - Crowfield Club House 7:30pm

For the February meeting, Tony Turner has put together a presentation on a couple of engineering topics:

1. Modifying our Jodel O200 engine to increase its output power
2. Creating tailored maintenance schedules for permit aircraft

Tony has also arranged for Richard Kimberley to be there to answer any technical questions so we can also have an open engineering Q&A if people want it.

17th January 2018 Strut Meeting - Crowfield Club House 7:30pm

With quite a few new members joining over recent time, the committee thought it would be a good idea to give a presentation on the history of our Strut followed by a group discussion on future ideas for the Strut.