HMS Queen Elizabeth leaving Portsmouth Harbour for the first time , 30th October
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As many of you will now know Annie’s Kitchen & Tearoom has sadly closed down. The
good news is we have a new venue booked at The Crown Inn, Kings Somborneon Saturday
13th January 2018. Arriving at 19:00 with the meal starting at 19:30.
The cost for a 3 course meal will be £28.00 per head including a tip for staff, based
on more than 20 people booking to attend.
Please book as soon as possible by providing a deposit of £5.00 per person together
with a booking form and cheque for the deposit / in full payment or cash for the
deposit. If possible booking by the 1st of November 2017 (our meeting night)
Please make all cheques payable to SHHAS. Final payments should please be made
by cheque together with your menu choices on the booking form on or by Wednesday
6th of December 2017 (our monthly meeting night).
Please support this event since SHHAS has held successful Christmas /Annual meal
events every year since its foundation and we hope this will continue.
B O O K R E V I E W
Fighter Pilot: The Memoirs of Legendary Ace Robin Olds
Review by Roger Hixon
I have just read the book, Fighter Pilot. It's the story of American pilot Robin
Olds. A very enjoyable story of a very interesting man, who was involved in many
aspects of aviation, from front line fighter/bomber pilot, to working in the Pentagon.
He fought in WW2 and Vietnam, with distinction.
Anyone wanting to read this book, please contact me to borrow it.
Part two of two. A look at British Airways's attempts in the early 1980s to make
the aircraft profitable after finding out Concorde was losing tens of millions a
year, sacking those who were in charge and replacing them with two pilots. Former
cabin crew explain the level of service their customers expected and how things could
sometimes get out of hand with the free-flowing wine and champagne.
Roger Hixon is planning a return visit to RAF Welford near Newbury. More details
will be announced at the next meeting.
Royal Air Force Welford is an active Royal Air Force station in Berkshire. Opened
in 1943, it was used during the Second World War by both the Royal Air Force and
United States Army Air Forces. During the war it was used primarily as a transport
airfield. After the war it was closed in 1946 and placed in reserve status. As a
result of the Cold War, the station was reopened in 1955 as a munitions depot by
the United States Air Force
Today it is one of the largest ammunition compounds for the United States Air Force
in Western Europe for heavy munitions.