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Higton, Dennis (Part 22 of 24). An Oral History of British Science.

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    Aeronautical Engineering

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    Interviewee’s home, Shrewton, Salisbury

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

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    Lean, Thomas (speaker, male)

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    Part 22: Remarks on life outside work: camping in Cornwall with a boat, visiting France; post retirement jobs with Lockheed and British firms; retirement navigation course; retirement fine arts course at Southampton; art expanding his interests and changing his engineers mindset, with reference to recent Airbus A380 accident and art course visits to European capitals; [06:40] DH and John Charnley retirement jobs similar to having hobbies; weekly life in 1970s, music, gardening church; [09:30] music, having to give up piano in childhood, singing in choirs, listening to music. [11:45 pause] Remarks on sailing: RAE Aerodynamics group sailing, Handel Davies and Roger Duddy inviting DH to sail; sailing and sea fishing in America, often with aviation world connections; taking navigation courses in retirement; DH meeting Colonel Steven Yeoman at a skiing party and subsequently taking many sailing trips with him; taking part in races around the Isle of Wight with Mike Crossley from Boscombe; [17:40] sailing with Steven yeoman and on army boats; DH building an Enterprise Dinghy and Mirror boat; story about sailing on 'Saint Barbara III' to Cherbourg with his navigation teacher, DH's navigation error, bad weather, missing wallet; [25:50] subsequent trips on 'Saint Barbara II', DH fixing engine, wine merchant at Saint Vaast; [27:45] DH reasons for enjoying sailing; anecdote about fixing a boat engine in France; anecdote about DH visiting launch of and sailing in 'Barbara V', DH becoming friendly with skipper Ray Gould; sailing to France with Steven Yeoman and Roger Duddie; [34:15] Roger Duddie's earlier work helping DH with VTOL rig; DH recently sailing with Ian Fisher; [35:50] DH reasons for enjoying sailing.

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    Interview with aeronautical engineer Dennis Higton.

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

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

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