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Sherburn-in-Elmet airfield, 1942-4, and the Airborne Forces Experimental Establishment are trialling unpowered rotary wings on jeeps and trucks, transatlantic glider tows, and similar remarkably inventive ways of taking warriors to battle.

Dr Phil Judkins describes their experiments from the sane and sensible through the weird and wonderful to the downright dangerous, to Allied troops rather than the enemy!

About the Speaker

Dr Phil Judkins’ love of industrial archaeology stems from his childhood playground being an abandoned Victorian waterworks, with no Health and Safety to concern him! Cambridge’s Classical Archaeology course led to several years in ‘dirt archaeology’, followed by a management career which ranged from the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment to the City of London. Phil then gave structure to his abiding interest of historic defence electronics through a Cranfield PhD in the history of radar, and successive Fellowships at the UK’s Defence Academy and at Buckingham University’s Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies.

He currently chairs the Defence Electronics History Society and the Purbeck Radar Museum Trust, in addition to serving on the Committee of the South Yorkshire Newcomen Society, and lectures on defence topics throughout the UK, Phil’s particular perspective is to present the role of electronics in conflict as seen by all the contending parties, rather than from a single national perspective, so that he welcomes collaboration with colleagues internationally.

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