Cecil Lewis, Sagittarius Rising & The Royal Flying Corps
Army Flying Museum, Middle Wallop
Cecil Lewis was a giant intellect in a generation of gallant, bright and amazing pilots. He had won the Military Cross and been mentioned in dispatches, twice, as well as destroying eight enemy aircraft before he was 20 years old. His autobiographical account of the First World War in the air, especially the Somme and the Home Defence against Zeppelins is a masterpiece. He later went on to found the BBC and win an Oscar for his screenplay of Pygmalion.
The study day is based at the newly-refurbished Army Flying Museum at Middle Wallop in Hampshire. Here we will study not only the works of Lewis, who wrote a dozen books about aviation, philosophy and travel but will be able to understand those magnificent men in their flying machines. The Museum’s artefacts include aircraft and memorabilia of the time.
We will also get privileged access to the First World War Sopwith Pup fighter aircraft
ALL BOOKINGS WILL RECEIVE A FREE BOOK OF SAGITTARIUS RISING BY CECIL LEWIS
Paul Beaver is a distinguished aviation historian and has been appointed Cecil Lewis’ biographer. He was an army aviator for 27 years and flies vintage aeroplanes, so has a firm insight to the Royal Flying Corps.
10.00 - Arrival and introductions with coffee and tea in the Conference room with its view across the active army airfield. There is plenty of car parking available.
10.15 - Colonel Paul Beaver will explain the Royal Flying Corps’ history, relevance and how Lewis came to join straight from school.
11.00 - We will discuss Lewis’ book Sagittarius Rising and its relevance to future generations - guest participation is especially welcome.
11.30 - Tour the Museum to study the Sopwith Pup and other artefacts, including the Victoria Cross holder biographies, explained by the Museum curator.
12.45 - Working Lunch in the museum with more discussions.
14.00 - Study of Lewis’ subsequent career with guest appearance of someone who knew him well.
15.00 - Coffee break.
15.30 - Lewis’ legacy by Colonel Paul Beaver.
16.00 - Disperse.
- Expert Guide Lecturer
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