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In honour of heroes – the flights of the Vickers Vimy

June 14 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

We would be delighted if you can join us for our June Maritime Heritage Lecture on Monday June 14th, starting at 18.30. The lecture will last about an hour with some time after that for questions and discussion.

Our guest speaker is Jenny Moseley, Deputy Chair of the Friends and Trustee of the Wellington Trust.

This lecture is about the Vickers Vimy. The Vickers Vimy was completed too late to see service in World War 1 but became the catalyst for proving that long distance air travel was viable. In 1919 and 1920, a Vimy flew from London to Australia, London to Cape Town, and across the Atlantic with Alcock and Brown.

This presentation is about the re-enactment of the Vickers Vimy flights – the modern day trials and tribulations, including a plague in India and a crash in Indonesia, and another in Africa. As part of the crew of a team re-enacting these famous flights, over 15 years Jenny planned, managed and travelled with the chase planes to document the adventures for National Geographic’s films, TV, books and magazines and for Brooklands Museum. Enlivened with wonderful photographs, this is her story.

During her career with National Geographic, Jenny worked on hundreds of stories for the magazine, including Captain Cook and Joseph Banks, in the footsteps of Robert Falcon Scott, and the replica Endeavour, (which she steered up the Potomac River in Washington DC on a demonstration). She also covered the record breaking Atlantic and global ballooning flights of Steve Fossett and Richard Branson and all three of the Vimy re-enactment flights.