Barnes Wallis – The Yorkshire connection and beyond

The attention of another full house was held during the excellent talk by Peter Rix ( a member of the Barnes Wallis Trust ) on the life of the famous man, entitled ” Barnes Wallis – The Yorkshire connection and beyond”.  We enjoyed a well presented life history from his leaving school, apprenticeships, through his Bouncing Bomb fame during the second world war and ending with work on radio telescopes in his later years. Most of the talk, accompanied by slides centred on his involvement with developing the intercontinental R100 airship in the late 1920s near Goole ( hence the Yorkshire connection ). This unfortunately, after a successful test flight to Canada, was not given government backing and was scrapped.Then his determination in creating a means of destroying the Ruhr dams during the second world war . Starting with excessively heavy bombs, then using torpedoes and finally the bouncing bomb,the planning and precision involved in reaching the successful conclusion. He was a man way ahead of his time and after the war was working on supersonic flight long before it came into general use.

At our next meeting on May 16th, the last before the summer recess, David Alred will present a talk on “Pennine Adders and other Reptiles”.

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