The Royal Aircraft Establishment Bedford - Its
Life and Times
The Royal Aircraft Establishment
produced a house magazine for its staff called, not surprisingly, “RAE
News”. Published monthly from March 1948 to August 1985, then bimonthly
until its last issue in Nov/Dec 1991, it featured news of staff in
relation both to work activities and also social events: dramatic
societies, athletics meetings, marriages and more; and also reported on
highlights of the work of RAE.
While the magazine was Farnborough-based, and
clearly focussed on “head office”, it also included material from
“out-stations” such as Bedford and Cardington.
Mike Dobson, former Chief Superintendent at RAE
Bedford, examined all 488 issues for references to Bedford and Cardington
personnel and work. He has compiled this information into a document
entitled “The Royal Aircraft Establishment Bedford – Its Life & Times”. It is large, as it contains reproductions
of pages, including pictures, from RAE News, together with supplementary comments. For convenience, it has
been split into 4 volumes, roughly covering the 4 decades.
The BAHG team has reviewed and edited this compilation and now publishes Volume 1, for the period March 1948 to December 1959, together with separate Annexes of longer articles. We in BAHG hope it will be of interest to past employees and their families. Further volumes will follow. All comments welcome.
“Release 1” contains, in downloadable pdf format, the following documents:-
Life and Times Volume 1, 1950s. (54MByte download)
BAHG would be pleased to receive feedback via email: all comments and recollections welcome, even notification of errors.
BAHG also holds a complete set of paper copies of RAE News, which can be inspected on request.
This page last updated - 30/09/2018
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