Guy Bartlett

Location: Maidstone, Kent
About me...

I’m an aviation historian and trainer with significant experience of public speaking. My presentations are guaranteed to add extra sparkle to your club meeting or event. I use archive film footage, technology, music, humour and a genuine passion for my subject to provide a fascinating insight into mainly aviation related topics.
I have a range of talks, please scroll through as they are not all aircraft related. For example, my SAS talk is extremely popular.

About my talks...

My talks are designed to be of interest to everyone whether they have a fascination for aircraft or not. They are delivered in an energetic manner and I am always willing to take questions at the end. I have given presentations to numerous audiences ranging from school children, parent groups, professionals, enthusiast and older persons groups. I do not use jargon. My enthusiasm for the subject is often commented upon and my inclusive style ensures all will learn something.
I use all my own equipment. All I ask is that a table and screen or blank wall (blank wall preferred as I can project larger images) is provided. The talks are suitable for all ages and sexes and last for a full hour with an opportunity for questions at the end.

I can delivery all of my talks as hour-long virtual presentations – zoom.


My fee is from £95 plus travel expenses at 50p a mile if the venue is more than twenty miles from my home town, Maidstone in Kent.

I’m happy to consider work anywhere in the UK but mainly deliver my presentation in the Home Counties. Additional costs if overnight accommodation is required.

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Concorde - Supersonic Cover Up? - A New Talk for 2021-

An Air France Concorde crashed in July 2000. After extensive investigation the world was told the cause was a strip of metal which burst a tyre. However, the truth is far more disturbing. Using official crash investigation reports a new theory has emerged. This talk will explore what actually happened and why Concorde was really stopped from flying.

Concorde- Icon of the Skies

The fastest passenger aircraft of all time. First flown in 1969, this iconic vehicle was ahead of its time in so many ways. This presentation explores the history and technology of the aircraft. Including rare footage taken on the flight deck and also the final ever landing when she returned to Filton. A popular presentation

How The 747 Got Its Hump

The Boeing 747 is perhaps one of the most recognisable aircraft in service today. This presentation looks at the success of this versatile aircraft. Did you know 747’s transported the Space Shuttle? 
Would you like to find out what unique features are built into Airforce One, the presidential aircraft of the United States? Then this is the talk for you! New for 2020.

The Space Race - Who Really Won?

Many people agree that the space race ended in 1969, when Neil Armstrong stepped onto the moon for the first time. However, the story did not end there. This presentation looks at the achievements of both the Soviet Union and America and answers the question, Who Won The Space Race? It also looks at the new space race, one which is only just beginning.

Donald Campbell - Record Breaker

Donald Campbell was obsessed by speed. He was awarded a CBE in January 1957. He remains the only person to set both world land and water speed records in the same year (1964). 
Do you know who
 Mr Whoppit is? 
 You will find out this, and much more about this unique and very British icon. The presentation includes information about the recently restored Bluebird hydroplane. 
 Between them Donald Campbell and his father set 11 speed records on water and 10 on land.

Avro Vulcan - The Delta Deterrent

Designed to drop a nuclear payload deep within Russia, this delta-winged aircraft together with the Victor and Valiant made up the UK V-Force. Used by the RAF between 1956 – 1984 the Vulcan held the record for the longest bombing mission in history when the RAF, flying from Ascention Island, bombed the strategically important Argentinian-captured runway at Port Stanley on the Falkland Islands. This presentation will explore all aspects of the aircraft. For example, why did each Vulcan carry a RAT?

Concorde - Supersonic Cover-up?

The fastest passenger aircraft of all time. First flown in March 1969, this iconic vehicle was ahead of its time in so many ways. Join me on a journey of discovery focused on this beautiful aircraft and learn many new and interesting facts as I share my personal experience of super-sonic flight with you. There will never be another aircraft like Concorde. When she flew the public would stop to look up. The perfect synergy of technology and design. This presentation also explores the Paris crash and offers new insight into the sequence of events on that fateful day.

Red Arrows - Smoke On, Go!

Red Arrows pilots are amongst the most highly-qualified and experienced within the Royal Air Force. During the display season the Red Arrows perform between 75-85 air displays and more than 100 fly-pasts. Each pilot is hand-picked and only a very few will be given the privilege of representing the RAF both in the UK and abroad. Their Hawk aircraft are essentially the same as those used by the Advanced Flying Training students at Royal Air Force Valley, with the exception of smoke generators and a slightly uprated engine. Let me share some of their history with you.

Stealth Aircraft - State of Art War Machines

Stealth aircraft are designed to avoid detection using a variety of technologies that reduce reflection/emission of radar, infrared, visible light, radio-frequency spectrum and audio, collectively known as stealth technology. Development of stealth technology probably began in Germany during World War II. Well known examples of U.S. stealth aircraft include the F-117 Nighthawk, the B-2 Spirit, the F-22 Raptor and the F-35 Lightning II. This presentation explores the technologies used to create these state-of-art machines.

The Battle of Britain - Victory Against The Odds

The iconic vision of Spitfires and Hurricanes battling to preserve our freedoms as they swept into action against German aircraft in the skies above southern England is an accurate one. The Battle of Britain took place between July and October 1940. The Germans began by attacking coastal targets and shipping in the Channel. This presentation examines the aircraft, pilots and tactics used to ensure victory in the skies. It offers a unique insight into the RAF and how the outcome was almost very different.

The Dambusters - Barnes Wallis and 617 Squadron

Discover the skill and bravery of the crews of 19 Lancaster aircraft as well as the vision and determination of inventor Barnes Wallis. Operation “Chastise” has become a legend in military history as it contains all the traditionally admired military attributes of originality, surprise and heroism coupled with a dramatic outcome. Learn about the success and failures of one of the most daring raids of WWII. Do you know the links this mission has with Herne Bay, or where you can still see the bouncing bombs?

Iranian Embassy Siege - The SAS in Action

The SAS raid, codenamed “Operation Nimrod”, was broadcast live at peak time on the 5th May 1980. It was viewed by millions of people, mostly in the UK, making it a defining moment in British history. Both the BBC and ITV interrupted their scheduled programming to show the end of the siege. Now discover the inside story of what lead up to the raid, how it almost went tragically wrong, and how it cemented the Special Air Services as one of the elite Special Forces. For a small additional fee this course can include the opportunity to view and handle some of the “ black kit” weapons and equipment used by 22nd Regiment during this, their most high profile mission to date.



Four Minute Warning - What Would Really Have Happened?

The four-minute warning was a public alert system conceived by the British Government during the Cold War and operated between 1953 and 1992. The name derived from the approximate length of time from the point at which a Soviet nuclear missile attack against the UK could be confirmed and the impact of those missiles on their targets. This talk examines the nuclear threat, what would have happened should the alarm have sounded and its consequences.

Flying Past - A History of Aviation in Kent

Maybe surprisingly, Kent has been at the forefront of aviation since the 1880’s. This talk will explore the history of balloons, airships and aircraft in the county. It includes information about Kentish airfields past and present and gives suggestions for places of interest which you may like to visit. A new talk for Autumn 2021 offering something for everyone who has an interest in either Kent or aviation

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