September Lecture 2015

Forty Years of the Hawk

Thursday 10th September 2015

Lecture Starts at 7.30 pm

Speaker: Stephen Blee, BAE Systems Chief Airworthiness Engineer – Brough

Location: Lecture Theatre ‘0’, Cambridge University Engineering Department, Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1PZ.

Lecture Synopsis

The first Hawk T.Mk1, XX154, made its maiden flight on 21 August 1974. Over forty years later the aircraft is still in production, and on the brink of its 1,000th order.

The lecture will give an explanation of the history and development of the Hawk, followed by a detailed explanation of the latest – T.Mk2 – variant, its operation at RAF Valley and its importance as a trainer for the latest fourth- and fifth-generation aircraft such as Typhoon and the Joint Strike Fighter.

Steve joined the newly formed British Aerospace on 1 August 1978 having graduated from Salford University. Steve started in the Stress Office followed by a short attachment to New Business support then back to Structures, Structural Test then Airworthiness. Steve is currently Chief Airworthiness Engineer for Brough.

Visitors Welcome, No Booking Required.