Thank you to our Historical Officer Bob Richardson for discovering the Royal Aeronautical Society's Audio and Visual Archive. These are mainly audio recordings of interviews with major players in aviation including many test pilots and engineers. Of particular interest are those of a very famous UK Aircraft Registration Board TP from 1949 to the 1980s, D.P. Davies who died in 2004. His spoken voice is superb, and his very forthright comments on civil aircraft handling qualities are quite riveting if you haven’t heard him before. He’s far more complimentary about the 707 and 747 family than about most British RPT aircraft, but his castigation of those responsible for the B727 stall certification in UK, US (and Australia) in the last 5 minutes of the second interview below is pretty powerful stuff.

Also of interest is Chuck Yeager, (now 96YO!). The last 20 minutes of Yeager’s interview talks about his NF104 rocket flights above 100,000ft, especially the great detail of his lost control and ejection are very good.


  • Army Green vs White NVGs

    Army Aviation Test and Evaluation - White and Green Phosphor Night Vision Display comparative assessment.

  • Complex Flight Test Projects

    Col White and his presentation on Managing Complex Test Projects emphasising the complexity with an indecipherable presentation slilde.

  • Matt Hall

    Red Bull racer Matt Hall describing how he momentarily 'tied' the low flying record and how reduced longtitudinal stability introduced for racing manoeuverability contributed to a low altitude stall.

  • Matt Hall Introduction

    Red Bull racer Matt Hall being introduced with video of his low altitude stall and brief touch of the water.

  • Nick Coulson

    Recently retired CASA Test Pilot, Nick Coulson, making the Symposium Dinner Presentation on test flying the replica of the Fokker Tri Motor the Southern Cross, the first aircraft to fly from the USA to Australia.

  • The older we get, the better we were.

    Nick Coulson setting the tone for his Symposium Dinner Presentation with the caveat, "The older we get, the better we were".

  • Richard Woodward

    Richard Woodward introducing the Symposium Dinner Speaker.

  • F35 RAAF Introduction

    Sqn Ldr David Bell, tp and current Executive Officer of No. 3 Sqn, describing the introduction of the F-35 into RAAF service.

  • Engine Change with Excel

    Group Capt Steve Young using aerodynamic derivatives to explain how to do an engine upgrade using a speadsheet.

  • View from the back