Welcome to the RCEA(Sussex)
An Association for Retired Professional Engineers
President: Derek Webb CEng FIEE
I would like to introduce myself as the incoming President of the RCEA. I have been a member since 2002 and have enjoyed coming to the talks on a Tuesday afternoon at Field Place in Worthing. I have also taken part in several visits and outings. Partners are welcome to join us on the outings and come along to our monthly coffee mornings. I am a retired Electrical Engineer and spent my whole career in the rail industry with British Rail and its successors. My expertise was mostly in the Electrification Department on the Southern Region with its third rail system. If you are browsing this site and meet the criteria of retired professional engineer (mainly Incorporated or Chartered) of any discipline, I encourage you to come along to a talk and say ‘hello’?
Hon Secretary: Tony Tomkins MA CEng MIEE CITP MBCS
The early days of the Buccaneer.
Commander Geoffrey George Meekums OBE MA Royal Navy
The Buccaneer, in its original form, was designed as a sub-sonic carrier-borne low level bomber.
The talk will concentrate on the NA39 and, as it later became, the BUCCANEER S Mk1.
Initially examining how the Requirement for the aircraft came about, I will then look at its early development and highlight some of the novel design features such as “area rule” and the incorporation of “boundary layer control” to reduce landing and take-off speeds.
I will then look at its introduction into RN service with the Intensive Flight Trials Unit, 700Z Flight, at the RN Air Station at Lossiemouth and highlight some of the operational features the Unit developed.
Going to sea with the first front-line squadron, 801 Squadron, brought with it a few interesting aspects peculiar to operation in the harsh and restricted environment of an embarked aircraft carrier – first in HMS ARK ROYAL then HMS VICTORIOUS.
Throughout I will visit some of the more interesting incidents and accidents.
Tuesday 11th April 2017 at Field Place.
Coffee mornings with Partners at the Swallows Return; last Thursday of the month.
Members coffee morning at the Spotted Cow; third Thursday of the month.