Hucknall’s aviation history takes flight as members of U3A wing it

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AVIATION research has led to a publication of a book by Howard Heeley, who was the latest guest speaker of the HUCKNALL AND DISTRICT UNIVERSITY OF THE THIRD AGE (U3A).

Almost 200 members attended the August meeting, which heard about Howard’s research with the Newark Air Museum that resulted in a free publication called ‘Aviation in Nottinghamshire – Airfields and Memorials’.

“Howard talked about local aviation history, including when, in 1945, a Stirling bomber was being flown to Northern Ireland to be scrapped and its two engines failed,” said Brian Stanley, of U3A.

“The pilots tried to reach RAF Hucknall but crashed in Annesley.

“In 1998, a memorial for the airmen was erected close to the crash site. Fragments from the aircraft are held in a casket at Newark Air Museum.

“Hucknall has the largest concentration of memorials, including one in West Street,” added Brian.

“The Flying Bedstead public house and the memorial located on the roundabout at the junction of the A611 Hucknall bypass, both celebrate the phenomenal feat of local engineering in the development of the vertical take-off aircraft, which eventually resulted in the Harrier Jump Jet fighter planes.”

Copies of the book were given out after the talk but it is also available at Hucknall Library.

The next meeting of U3A is on Wednesday September 12 with a talk on seasonal birds.