Aviation Heritage Awards

The 2017 Aviation Heritage awards, which attracted over 30 nominations, were presented at the 50th anniversary meeting by BAPC/AHUK President Tony Edwards.

The individual award was won by John Sharpe, Chairman of the Boscombe Down Aviation Collection for his leadership in setting up the BDAC and re-establishing it at Old Sarum when they had to move from their original home at Boscombe Down.

The group award was won by The Duxford Aviation Society for their educational work with young people and especially with overseas students.

The first ever Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to a very surprised John Kenyon at the end of his presentation on the history of the BAPC.

Lifetime Achievement Awards were also presented to:

  • Jim O’Donnell, Aviation Preservation Society of Scotland
  • Hugh Newell, North East Land Sea and Air Museum
  • John Davidson, The Aeroplane Collection
  • John King, Croydon Airport Society

for their dedication to the advancement of aviation heritage and preservation over many years.

Aviation Heritage UK

The British Aviation Preservation Council became Aviation Heritage UK during the 50th anniversary meeting at the RAF Museum Cosford on Saturday 28th October 2017, fifty years to the day that the organisation was formed.

The change of name better reflects the aims and ambitions of the organisation into the next 50 years and brings with it a new modern logo.

Almost 100 members and guests attended a very successful day where the history of the BAPC was celebrated in a presentation by it’s founder John Kenyon and future plans for Aviation Heritage UK were revealed by Chairman Robert Pleming.

Keynote presentations by Maggie Appleton MBE, CEO of the RAF Museum, Uli Willbold, Head of Heritage at Airbus, Sir George Cox, Pro Chancellor of The University of Warwick and Sqn Ldr Rick Lipscomb from the RAF Heritage department were supported by member presentations from The Midland Air Museum, The Bristol Aero Collection and The Medway Aircraft Presentation Society.

Aviation legend, Martin Withers gave a presentation on his part in the Black Buck mission to the Falkland Islands in Vulcan XM607, a turning point in the 1982 conflict.

A visit to the Michael Beetham Conservation Centre ended a memorable day.

Thefts from Museums

A WW2 RAF sector clock, stolen from Hook Memorial Hall, near Goole, has been recovered! Police are questioning a 57-year old Hook man. Thanks to the 3800 of you who shared the picture of the clock on Facebook and made it “too hot to handle!”

Some time ago, a control column top, stolen from VTTST, was recovered in the same way thanks to a social media campaign.

If you find that something has been stolen from your premises, send details to the Secretary as soon as possible for distribution to our wider community.