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Biplanes to Supersonic Flight in One Decade! – Technology Evolution and Game Changers   Fully Booked

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Technical lecture
16 March 2021 18:30 - 20:00
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This talk uses the development of aviation technology in the period 1937-1947 to illustrate how new technologies can have effects far beyond their initial application, and provides lessons that still need to be considered by all industry sectors.

From the change from biplanes to the ultimate propellor-driven aircraft of WWII, existing technology was taken to the limit and new technologies of gas turbine and rocket propulsion emerged which were"gamechangers" in the development of aerospace applications.

Other examples of gamechanger technologies are discussed, in particular in the railway industry.  The presentation concludes by considering the lessons that need to be learned for the effective implementation of new technologies.

In addition to his role at the University of Birmingham, Kevin is Chairman of the Worcester Area Committee of the IMechE.

Note: Attendees need to have Microsoft Teams installed on their computer and have an audio device to hear the presenter.  Captions (sub-text) will be available, but can be turned off if not required.   Full joining instructions will be sent out to registrants the day before the event and bookings will close at 12:00 midday on the day before the event.  If you require further information, please e-mail


Kevin Blacktop C.Eng. M.I.Mech.E. Head of Delivery, Centre for Rail Research and Education University of Birmingham Kevin joined Network Rail in 2005 and has worked on various strategic projects. In his current role he has been involved in the Hydroflex prototype hydrogen fuel cell train.


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Neil Cooper
07714 331243United Kingdom
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