our president, welcomed us to the October meeting and also welcomed
visitor Sue Moon, a very recent newcomer to the village. Amongst
the news items this month we were informed about an exciting
day at Bulkington Village when there will be a demonstration
of teatime treats followed by a talk given by Mr
William French an ex butler to Royalty and film stars. We were
also reminded of the group meeting, which our institute is hosting,
on October 9th.
Our speaker for the evening was Captain Chris Rigby an ex airline
pilot. Captain Rigby was a very impressive sight in his pilot`s
uniform. He had been a pilot for over 40 years and had flown
more than 20,000 hours. From the age of 14 he was intent on
flying but was not able to start training until 18. He worked
for a number of airlines including Brittania Airways,Easy Jet,
British Airways, Flybe and was even freelance. Since retirement
he has been involved with flight simulators at Coventry airport.
Captain Rigby never flew supersonic himself but he accompanied
his talk with some original newsreel coverage of Concorde including
one or two spectacular disasters. One of these happened at a
flying display when ,as well as the pilot, a number of spectators
Pre second world war saw the invention of supersonic aircraft
but the first prototypes were not built until after the war.
The UK, France, America and Russia worked on supersonic aircraft
but the final Concorde was a collaboration between France and
Frank Whittle designed the engine and the first man to fly faster
than the speed of sound was George Welch. The first woman was
Jackie Cochran. The British have invented a supersonic aircraft
which, if it is ever developed, would carry only 20 people and
could fly to Australia in 4 hours.
Captain Rigby`s final piece of film was a recording of Concorde`s
last flight which was very moving.
The Annual Meeting is Wednesday November 12th.