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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. We in BAHG hope it will be of interest to past employees and their families. Further volumes will follow.



 

“Release 1” contains, in downloadable pdf format, the following documents:-

 

Life and Times Volume 1, 1950s. (54MByte download)

Index to Volume 1

Annex 1 - July 1950 - Shuttleworth Trust

Annex 2 - October 1953 - Blind Landing Experimental Unit

Annex 3 - January 1957 - Vertical Take Off Aircraft

Annex 4 - August 1957 - Opening Speech:

Annex 5 - August 1959 - British Aircraft Industry

Annex 6 - November 1959 - The 8ft Wind Tunnel

Annex 31 - August 1959 -Automatic Landing

 

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 - 21/07/2018

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