Oral history of British science

Higton, Dennis (Part 9 of 24). An Oral History of British Science.

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  • Type

    sound

  • Duration

    00:23:44

  • Shelf mark

    C1379/41

  • Subjects

    Aeronautical Engineering

  • Recording date

    2011-02-25

  • Recording locations

    Interviewee’s home, Shrewton, Salisbury

  • Interviewees

    Higton, Dennis, 1921-2012 (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Lean, Thomas (speaker, male)

  • Abstract

    Part 9: Story about DH and B.J. Smart dismantling and recording remains of first Spitfire K5054 after its crash, taking a wing bolt souvenir and fashioning it into a hammer, now in a Southampton museum, [08:25] death of pilot 'Spinner' White in crash. Comments on: relations between pilots and apprentices, [11:40] DH dismantling and examining captured German engines; memorable RAE pilots, Spinner White, Clauston, Peberty, Willie Wilson; DH view of pilots as 'like gods', love of flight; [16:00] story about seeing the Northern Lights as a child; holidays to Cornwall, boating; story about DH measuring speeds for Willie Wilson and another pilot's setting the world speed record at Herne Bay.

  • Description

    Interview with aeronautical engineer Dennis Higton.

  • Related transcripts

    Dennis Higton interviewed by Dr Thomas Lean: full transcript of the interview

  • Related links

    Visit this interviewee's page on the 'Voices of Science' web resource

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