Friday Colloquia
Physics & Astronomy

14:30 in the Physics Seminar Room (Building 46/5081)
Tea and cakes afterwards

The Perilous Practice of Flying and Applying

Sqn Ldr Tony Royle

Open University

Aeronautical research in Britain during the early part of the twentieth century was advanced by a decision to allow a number of the nation's finest mathematicians to train as pilots and conduct airborne experiments using full-scale aircraft. Given that many would subsequently perish in flying accidents, what justified the risk?