Kingston University - Air link: we shall remember him

April 8, 2010

A new library has been named in honour of an aeronautical hero. Kingston University's Sir Sydney Camm Centre bears the name of the engineer behind the Hawker Hurricane, the Royal Air Force's first monoplane fighter, used to great effect during the Battle of Britain in 1940. Bill Downey, information specialist at the university's Faculty of Engineering, said Sir Sydney was "the most eminent engineer associated with the town of Kingston, and the aeronautical courses at the university are the last link the town has to that heritage". The library was opened by television presenter Kate Humble, whose grandfather worked with Sir Sydney as a test pilot during the Second World War.

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