Cruise Ship Speakers

Aviation History
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Jim Barnes
Aviation Historian
Coming from: Dorking,  Surrey  UK
Jim trained in Radar and Radio systems before beginning a flying career as an RAF Electronics Officer in the ‘V’ Force flying tours on Vulcan bombers with 617 (Dambusters) Squadron as part of the nuclear deterrent during the cold war. Following his RAF career he went into the electronic warfare systems and IT industries. His aviation talks draw from his experiences in the RAF.

Lorimer Burn
Aviation
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
FRICS, MRAeS
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 Henderson
Aviation
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
FRAeS
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.

Rick Peacock-Edwards CBE
Aviation Historian
AFC FRAeS FCIM
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
FRAeS
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.

Kim (Kelvin) Sharman
Aviation & Naval Historian
Retired Fleet Air Arm & Boeing 747 Pilot
Coming from: Easton Royal,  Wiltshire  UK
Kim has led a life in and around aviation. From a youth who wondered where he was bound in life, he joined the Fleet Air Arm in 1965 and the rest, as they say, is history! Kim flew Sea Vixen fighters in the Royal Navy, serving for two operational tours on HMS Eagle to the Far East. After leaving the Royal Navy, Kim joined BOAC as a First Officer on the VC10. In 1977 he joined Cathay Pacific Airways and worked his way up the system and became a 747 Captain. Since retiring Kim has been involved in a Business Networking organisation as well as being a regular speaker on cruises.

Bill Simpson OBE
Military/Aviation Historian, Author & Port Speaker
OBE
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 2 RAF Stations, and received an OBE in 1988. Bill's acclaimed biography ‘The Prince: The Secret Story of the World’s Most Intriguing Royal' was published in 2006. As an enrichment speaker, Bill's employs his wide-ranging knowledge of military & aviation history whereas as a port speaker, he combines history and culture in his vividly illustrated port talks.

Park Sims
Science for the non-scientific
BSc, MSc, Assoc Prof, LtCol(Ret), PE(Ret), FBIM(Ret)
Coming from: Woodbridge,  Suffolk  UK
Park Sims is an American who has lived and worked in England for more than 30 years. A retired military officer, scientist, manager, and training consultant, he is a former Professor of both Physics and Technical Writing, a retired Lt Colonel of the US Air Force, Chartered Engineer, and Fellow of the British Institute of Management. Park speaks on the science of the world around us in a light-hearted and entertaining way (“Science for the Non-scientific”), using everyday language. He also speaks on the history of the US Air Force in England.

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.

Stuart Usher
Military Historian & Norway Specialist
ex. Royal Air Force & UK Ministry of Defence
Coming from: Stonehaven,  Aberdeenshire  UK
Stuart enjoyed an early career abroad in the photographic branch of the Royal Air Force. During the 1970s he was involved in a number of significant underwater expeditions to Norway to recover a WW2 Halifax bomber and a Royal Navy midget submarine. Stuart’s talks cover these expeditions and also some of the lesser-known personalities and operations of World War 2 in Scandinavia, the Mediterranean and South East Asian theatres of the war.

Michael Whitehouse
Military & Aviation History
Former Red Arrows Pilot
Coming from: Maidenhead,  Berkshire  UK
Mike's background is the RAF having spent a full career in the service. He joined at 17, but then spent the next 3 years at university on a cadetship. Following officer and flying training he had several postings before joined the Red Arrows for the 1976-78 seasons. Mike continued in a distinguished career including Wing Commander and his final appointment as the Head of Foreign Liaison Staff at the MOD. His aviation talks cover his experiences in the RAF.

Andy Wyatt
Aviation
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.