Hot Stuff - airmen and women pioneers of early jet aviation

Ref: C2226626

In Hot Stuff, author and aviation historian, Ian McLachlan explores jet aviation from the early days of sub-sonic flight to breaking through the sound barrier. He also examines attitudes as women sought to break barriers in a male-dominated environment and the progress achieved to date. The course investigates claims made by nations seeking to own the distinction of inventing the jet engine and the tragedy behind developing the world's first jet airliner. Nations vie for speed and altitude records for both men and women as their air forces equip with nuclear weapons and bombers designed to deter or deliver. The combat use of jet aircraft is examined in both Korea and Vietnam but Ian's usual style of narration will include anecdotes and accounts containing much of human interest.

Additional information about this course

Half term break on 18/02/2020

Course aim

To explore early jet aviation - pioneering airmen & women challenging the skies at unheard of speeds with a rapidly developing technology To examine the challenges facing women who sought equality as pilots in a male-dominated environment.

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:

  • To examine the early days to jet aviation.
  • To explore the barriers facing women pilots and learn about some who successfully overcame difficulties
  • To explore the pioneering period of jet airliners and the difficulties encountered
  • Look at some of the records achieved including breaking the sound barrier.
  • Examine jet aircraft as a deterrent in the Cold War and early use of jets in combat.

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
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

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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Hot Stuff - airmen and women pioneers of early jet aviation

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  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
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