Aviation's Glory Days

Ref: C2224640

Course includes the lives and achievements of famous 1930s aviation personalities - Amelia Earhart; Amy Johnson; Bery Markham etc plus male contemporaries - Jim Mollison; Francis Chichester; Charles Kingsford Smith etc. Technological achievements are explored - pressurisation - the advent of "modern" airliners and the role and fashions for air stewards. The heydey of airships and the tragedies enveloping that technology as war clouds hastened aeronautical development - all encompassed with the tutor's bias towards human interest accounts and personal stories reflecting the challenges and excitement of that bygone era.

Course aim

To educate on 1930s aviation - Glory Days & Golden Girls - romance & drama when pioneers risked their lives exploring air routes and developing technologies for safer air travel.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for improvers
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • 1. Know and recognise the achievements of pioneering airmen and women in the 1930s
  • 2. Explore and understand why airships lost out to aircraft.
  • 3. . Appreciate developing technologies that allow safe and comfortable air travel today.
  • 4. Recognise the developing role of air power - how the iconic Spitfires and Hurricanes came about alongside the systems that made them effective.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation

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Aviation's Glory Days


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