The Rolls - Royce Spitfire - RAES Joint Event

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Technical lecture
11 November 2019 19:30 - 21:00
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After completing a degree in Mechanical Engineering at Aberdeen University, Ian joined the Rolls-Royce graduate training scheme in Derby in 1986. Since completion of the scheme he has subsequently had posts within Manufacturing Technology, Engine Development and Service Engineering culminating in a posting to Berlin as part of International Aero Engines from 2006 to 2008. Upon his return to Derby  he was fortunate to be appointed as Head of Corporate Heritage and Chief Executive of the Rolls-Royce Heritage Trust looking after the wide and wonderful heritage of Rolls-Royce including the Company’s Spitfire PR XIX. In 2018 he became Head of Spitfire Engineering managing the transition of the aircraft into Civil Aerospace division and co-locating with the Gulfstream G450 in a new hangar facility at East Midlands Airport in Leicestershire. In 2015 he wrote the Haynes Manual for the Rolls-Royce Merlin.


The Rolls - Royce Spitfire PS853 - RAES Joint Event

  • Royce Spitfire PS853

  • The history of the aeroplane and a closer look at the Spitfire PR XIX.

  • Merlin and Griffon engines – a brief overview.

  • Operating a Spitfire and some of the challenges that come along with that. 

  • What we as a Company are doing to keep our aeroplane flying well into the future.



Ian Craighead, Head of Spitfire Engineering, Rolls Royce Heritage Flight has agreed to deliver a talk to us on the RR Spitfires’ Restoration


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