• RAeS May AGM &  Westland Wasp Talk

This month the Royal Aeronautical Society have a rather special fly-in visitor – Westland Wasp XT787.

XT787 will fly in and land at Brooklands. (Subject to serviceability and weather)

The timetable:
15:00 Wasp lands and is available for viewing
17:00 – 17:45 AGM
17:45 Meal served (payable extra- must be ordered in advance)
18:45 – 20:30 Lecture by Wg Cdr (Dr) Terry Martin RAF (retd) FRAeS


Talk Details:

For our final event of the 23/24 lecture season and AGM, we are delighted to welcome Dr Terry Martin to deliver a talk on the Westland Wasp helicopter.

Subject to aircraft serviceability & weather Terry will arrive in XT787 & land at Brooklands Museum at 15:00 after which the aircraft will available for viewing.

The talk will cover the helicopter’s fascinating history and how it evolved and developed in trials and in service. Reference will be made to sites all around the south and southwest which played a part in the Wasp’s life-cycle, and naturally there will be stories from those who flew Wasps on active service. The presentation will end with a short summary of Terry’s experiences keeping the history alive and the challenges of meeting the maintenance and other essential requirements that keep these old ‘paraffin budgies’ in the air.

Speaker Details :

Wg Cdr (Dr) Terry Martin RAF (retd) FRAeS, Display Pilot/Owner XT787, Westland Wasp Historic Flight

Terry started his career as a Royal Air Force doctor and was fortunate to receive training in fixed wing and helicopter flying during his service career.

He is a recently retired Consultant and Associate Professor in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine with extensive previous experience in Aerospace Physiology and Emergency Medicine, and he has been involved in the organisation, practice, research and teaching of military and civilian air ambulance transport since 1983. His active service included tours in Belize, Germany and Saudi Arabia (Gulf War) as well as many other detachments around the world with some notable roles including Senior Medical Officer at the former RAF Institute of Aviation Medicine at Farnborough and Locum Director General of the Medical Service of the Royal New Zealand Air Force.

Terry was also one of the first doctors to work as a Trauma Registrar in the UK, with the world-leading London’s Air Ambulance service in its earliest days.

When not working in clinical medicine, Terry’s other great passion is flying and displaying his historic Westland Wasp helicopter, XT787, which has served in both the Royal Navy and the Royal New Zealand Navy, and is still flying in 2024, its 57th year after delivery to the RN in 1967. 

Meetings are held at the Brooklands Museum, Weybridge, Surrey, KT13 0QN (normally in the Napier Room).
The private Brooklands Club Members bar is open to us from 5:45pm – please use card payment for drinks.
There is a pre order facility for food (please contact no later than 7 days prior).
All are welcome (RAeS membership is not required). There is an entry donation of £5.00 (please use card
payment) at the door. This donation is not expected from those under the age of 21 or holders of a current
Student Union card. Certificates of Attendance for C.Eng or CPD purposes are available on request.

Directions: If northbound on Brooklands Road, after the Shell garage on the left there is a roundabout.
IGNORE THE BROWN HERITAGE SIGNS TO BROOKLANDS. 400 meters north of this roundabout turn left at
the entrance signed ‘Brooklands Museum Campbell Gate’ Keep left and head downhill. The electric gates
should be open from 5:45pm – if not there is a push button on the keypad on the right of the gate to contact

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