Cruise Ship Speakers

Aviation History
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Richard Atkins
Motorsport Commentator & Aviation Historian
Raconteur: exciting tales of exploits on land, sea and in the air
Coming from: Hastings,  East Sussex  UK
Richard Atkins is a respected cruise enhancement lecturer specialising in light hearted entertaining lectures to explain some of the worlds most amazing engineering achievements especially by women and historical famous pioneers. Richard’s initial career was in Formula one Motorsport where he worked with many famous names. He talks with enthusiasm and humour about his experiences in the motorsport and aviation arena.

Steve Bond
Aviation Historian
Second World War & post-war military; airline industry. PhD CEng
Coming from: Milton Keynes,    UK
Steve is a life-long aviation enthusiast and historian, who has spent most of his working life in the industry. He served in the RAF for 22 years as an aircraft Propulsion Technician. Steve then moved into the civilian aerospace industry, spending 6 years with TRW Aeronautical Systems as Logistic Support Manager. He joined City University London as a Senior Lecturer in Jan 2001. Now a freelance lecturer in both current aviation safety management and historical subjects, his main aviation interests centre on military aviation from the Second World War onwards plus today's airline industry.

Lorimer Burn
Classic Car Owner
Coming from: Guildford,  Surrey  UK
Lorimer, now retired, has been a pilot all his life, first flying helicopters for the Royal Navy and then British Airways. Later he converted to flying fixed wing aeroplanes and joined the airline British Midland, later bmi, flying Boeing 737's and Airbus A320's out of Heathrow, around the UK and Europe. He talks about his 40 plus years of life in aviation.

Howard Cook
Historic Aircraft Historian & Destination Lecturer
Historic Aircraft Display Pilot
Coming from: Bury St.Edmunds,  Suffolk  UK
Howard has been involved in the world of historic aircraft for 25 years. He started off as part of the Messerschmitt Display Team operating the Messerschmitt for nine years. He has flown a wide range of vintage aircraft from Tiger Moth, Stearman, Harvard Spitfire MkV, Hurricane, P51 Mustang and P40 Kittyhawk. Howard writes for a number of aviation magazines and has known many of the great fighter aces and test pilots which provides inspiration for his series of talks.

Tony Davies
Aviation & Aerobatics
Former Vulcan Bomber pilot
Coming from: Bourton,  Dorset  UK
Tony is a retired fast-jet pilot and an enthusiastic historian with a degree in Medieval and Modern History. He was a career officer in the RAF before retiring early in the rank of Wing Commander after 28 years, followed by 14 years flying Air Cadets with the RAFVR. Tony was a V-bomber captain during the Cold War, flying Victors and Vulcans worldwide. He presents a series of illustrated and informative talks on Military Aviation and a series on History, which is his first love.

Les Evans
Aviation & Concorde
Former Concorde pilot, Test pilot & Harrier pilot
Coming from: Sharnbrook,  Bedford  UK
Les flew Concorde with BA for 4 years up to its end of service in 2003. Earlier, Les had been a fast-jet pilot with the RAF, flying “Jump Jet” Harriers for over 7 years before graduating from test pilot school. He later joined BA as a Boeing 747 pilot and upon retirement, runs a training and consultancy business specialising in aircraft and aero systems design. Les lectures extensively on flying Concorde, the Concorde accident, test flying, Harrier flying, air safety, the future of high speed commercial travel and other aviation subjects.

Aldon Ferguson
Military Aviation Historian & Russia Expert
Coming from: Reading,  Berkshire  UK
Aldon was brought up in the North West of England developing a strong interest in aviation. After a period in the RAF he graduated as a Chartered Surveyor. He specialised in commercial property in London and then set up the first property company in post-Communist Russia. Initially opening in Moscow and quickly expanding into St Petersburg and Kiev in Ukraine. Simultaneously, Aldon's love of all things aviation and related buildings led to him becoming one of the leading experts in RAF history.

Michael Fopp
Social Historian and Pilot
National Museum Director, Pilot & Historian. PhD, FRAeS
Coming from: Soulbury,  Buckinghamshire  UK
Michael is the son of an Australian Battle of Britain fighter pilot and grew up surrounded by aeroplanes. He has been a member of the elite Mounted Branch of London’s Metropolitan Police for over 10 years before being appointed Director of the London Transport Museum in 1985. He then went on to be Director of the Royal Air Force Museum. Since retirement in 2010 he has devoted his time to the Guild of Air Pilots & Navigators as well as lecture on transport and aviation history.

David Greenway OBE
Aviation, Royalty and Recent Conflicts
Retired RAF Pilot
Coming from: Andover,  Hampshire  UK
Group Captain David Greenway served 37 years in the RAF. He flew large, multi-crewed aircraft and, amongst many postings, he served in Malta, Cyprus, Germany and Belgium. He gives two very popular talks about his experiences when he flew with the Royal Family, spending much of his time with the Princess of Wales. He also speaks on such varied aviation subjects as The Air War in the Falklands, Pearl Harbor, the Fall of Singapore, the Relief of Malta, the Hunt for the Tirpitz, The End of Airships, The Cold War, the American Space Programme and Military Humour.

David Henderson
Airline Pilot
Coming from: Guildford,  Surrey  UK
Captain David Henderson is a recently retired international airline captain who spent his entire working life travelling the globe and living and working in several different countries. He trained in the RAF and has flown worldwide on almost every type of flying machine from paragliders to aerobatic and vintage aeroplanes to Boeing 747s. He shares his lifelong love of aviation in a most engaging and entertaining manner.

Terence (Terry) Holloway
Aviation & Aviation History
Coming from: Great Wratting, Haverhill,  Suffolk  UK
Terry was born in 1945 and joined No 424 (Southampton) Squadron of the Air Training Corps in 1959. The following year, he joined the RAF as a Halton apprentice and continued his gliding with the Windrushers Gliding Club at RAF Bicester, which subsequently became the RAF Gliding & Soaring Association Centre. He has flown over 3,000 hours in gliders. As an aviation expert and historian, Terry regularly lectures and talks on a wide range of aviation linked topics ranging from gliding to space travel.

Andrew Lambert
Military & Aviation Historian
Air Commodore, MPhil
Coming from: Lapford,  Devon  UK
Air Commodore Andrew Lambert flew Phantoms and went on to run the RAF's "Top Gun"¯ school. A planner for the 1991 Gulf War, he then commanded a Tornado fighter squadron on operations over Bosnia. As an Air Commodore he commanded in the Falklands and the Iraqi Northern No Fly Zone. A Military Historian, he has also published a number of papers on the Psychological Impact of Air Power and Coercion and British Defence Policy.

Ted McCourt
Aviation Safety & History
Former Airline Pilot
Coming from: Tullyvale,  Dublin  Ireland
Ted is a retired Airline Pilot and Specialist in Aviation Safety. He is a Graduate of Queen’s University, Belfast and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree and a Diploma in Higher Education. He entered Aviation in 1965 and served as an Airline Captain with Aer Lingus, Irish International Airlines for 27 years. During that time he held the position of Chief Flying Instructor on the Boeing 737 Fleet and was a Boeing Pilot Examiner for the Irish Aviation Authority. Since his retirement, Captain McCourt has devoted his time to lecturing on Aviation Safety matters.

Tim Orchard
Concorde Captain
Coming from: Aylesbury,  Buckinghamshire  UK
Captain Tim Orchard began his flying career in 1971. He has flown over 50 types of aircraft and is currently licenced to fly Aeroplanes, Helicopters, Hot Air Balloons and Hot Air Airships. Tim is an air-test pilot, a Display Pilot, a Flight Instructor and a Senior Examiner for the CAA, and he jointly holds the Concorde World Record time for the journey from New York to London: 2hrs 52 minutes (7th Feb 1996). Tim presents a number bespoke tailored lectures related to the Concorde and aviation topics.

Rick Peacock-Edwards CBE
Aviation Historian
Coming from: Crowthorns,  Berkshire  UK
The son of a Battle of Britain pilot Rick is himself a decorated and highly acclaimed fighter pilot and leader. He has wide experience of high level command in the military, in senior appointments and in business at Managing Director level. He has great leadership capabilities and is recognised as a high achiever. He is also Past Master of the Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators Livery.

David Pollard
Aviation, Maritime & Transport History
Coming from: Falmouth,  Cornwall  UK
David has maintained a considerable interest in "Trains & Boats & Planes" for most of his life and loves to share his interest with other enthusiasts. As a first step, he formed the S.S.Uganda Society and subsequently the highly successful Ocean Liner Society. He was also an officer with the RAFVR and had a 30 year career in the Oil Industry, involved with transportation fuels. David presents his talks in a non-technical, light hearted nature supported by 'warm up' slide shows and music. His talks can be specifically tailored to geographic regions or cruise themes.

Jock Reid MBE
Aviation Speaker & Former Test Pilot
Coming from: Horsham,  West Sussex  UK
Jock grew up in Renfrew, mid-way between the old and new Glasgow airports. He joined the RAF in 1966 and after training, flew the Lightning operationally before completing an instructors course. He went on to spend 3 years testing fighter and trainer aircraft and finally as an instructor. He joined the CAA as an airworthiness test pilot in 1983, becoming Chief Test Pilot in 1995 before retiring in 2003. He admits to a great fondness for the Boeing 747 but it is Concorde which remains the focus of his affection, an aeroplane which he flew on a regular basis until his retirement.

Bill Simpson OBE
Military/Aviation Historian, Author & Port Speaker
Coming from: Poole,  Dorset  UK
Bill Simpson served in the Royal Air Force for 25 years. Responsible for air transport operations in Northern Ireland, he was awarded an MBE in 1979. He then commanded two RAF Stations, receiving an OBE from Queen Elizabeth in 1988. Bill's acclaimed biography ‘The Prince’ was published by HarperCollins in 2006 and he now writes historical novels. Bill is an experienced enrichment and destination speaker having completed 30 cruises over 5 years and he has employed his passion for - and comprehensive knowledge of - military & aviation history to great effect. In March 2017, Bill was selected to join Viking Ocean as a Resident Historian.

Ian Smith
Aviation & Concorde
Former Concorde Chief Flight Engineer
Coming from: Camberley,  Surrey  UK
Ian joined the RAF in 1957 aged 15 as a Halton Aircraft Apprentice. After graduation he carried out major servicing on Hunter, Javelin and the Canberra aircraft. He became a Flight Engineer in 1964 on Beverley and Shackleton aircraft, then joined BOAC in 1970 on B707. In June 1976 Ian was posted onto Concorde, six months after Concorde went into service, and spent 20 years flying Concorde, he was an instructor and examiner for twelve years ending as Chief Flight Engineer Concorde for four years until retiring from British Airways in 1996. He lectures on a wide range of aviation topics.

Andy Wyatt
Former Red Arrows Pilot
Coming from: Cirencester,  Gloucestershire  UK
Squadron Leader Andy Wyatt joined the RAF in 1979 and spent many years flying supersonic fighters before becoming an instructor and finally joining The Red Arrows Aerobatic Team for 3 years. Following his career in the RAF he joined British Airways flying Boeing 747's and 777's. He is currently a member of the Breitling Wingwalkers Aerobatic Team and presents an interesting series of talks on his RAF and commercial aviation experiences.