Conference Success: By the Seat of Their Pants: Australian Airmen and Their Machines 1915 -1918

Military History and Heritage Victoria Inc. president Colonel Marcus Fielding has declared that MHHV Inc’s one day Conference held on 12 November, 2012 – By the Seat of Their Pants: Australian Airmen and Their Machines 1915-1918 – in partnership with MHHV member the RAAF Museum, Point Cook, as a success on several levels.
Colonel Fielding said: “This, our second conference this year, was a highly successful collaboration with our member partner, the RAAF Museum, home of Australia’s first military aviation flying school.

Our conference convenor, Dr Daryl Moran and other MHHV volunteers combined with the RAAF Museum Director, David Gardner, and his team of Volunteers, to prepare a well run conference enjoyed by all the delegates present.

The range of excellent speakers, led by Air Force Historian Dr Chris Clark, author Michael Molkentin, and other prominent AFC historians, provided a wonderful balance of engaging, interesting and original presentations.
Although due to the gusty weather the Sopwith Pup was unable to get aloft, the opportunity to examine the 1914 restorations underway at the Museum was a highlight.  And the setting itself was superb.

The conference was a sell-out, which augurs well for future MHHV events planned for 2013-2014.  MHHV will continue to offer premium events to its growing audience of members, and to the general public interested in our military history and heritage.”

Proceedings of the conference will be published online by the Office of Air Force History in early 2013.

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