THE DREAM TEAM
The Supermarine S5 Heritage Group was founded with the desire
to recreate an example of the finest in British engineering.
The team is highly regarded in the aviation field.
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Trustee & Project Manager
Professional Pilot: 5000+ hrs
inc. basic Aerobatics
Colin van Geffen
PR & Communications
Colin spent over thirty years in the industry, specialising in Materials Management, Procurement, and Production Control. Following a series of redundancies, Colin became self-employed in 1996 and enjoys researching, writing, and presenting his popular and detailed Illustrated Talks on a range of subjects, many of which cover his passion – local aviation history close to his home near Calshot in the New Forest.
The seaplane and flying boat history of this area are seriously underestimated and neglected. The development of long-range flying boats and high-speed seaplanes that took place here through the ‘Golden Age' of flying has been overlooked for too long. Many airspeed world records and distance records were set in/from this area – including RJ Mitchell’s Supermarine S5 - the unsung forerunner of the world-famous Spitfire.
‘Landmarks’ in Colin’s working life include:
Founder member of Wellworthy Apprentices’ Association (former apprentice & employee) 1967
Founder member of first Young Enterprise group in New Forest (1969), and later Young Enterprise adviser at Houndsdown Secondary School 1988
Founder member of Lymington Hospital Radio
Served on a number of committees, including Lymington Community Association, various Youth Clubs, employer’s staff, and social groups since 1965
Was heavily involved in preparing a permanent display of historical photographs and documents recording the history of 17 Port & Maritime Regiment at Marchwood.
(Former) Chairman of Fawley Historians
(Former) Executive Committee member of Waterside Heritage
Researched, collected & created a visual display of aviation history (seaplanes & flying boats) for permanent display at former RAF Station Calshot
(Former) Custodian at Calshot Castle 2012-13
(Former) Governor at Hounsdown School 1986 - 1990
(Former) PTA member at Blackfield Junior School 1988 - 1992
(Former) Chairman of Bournemouth Red Arrows Association (from 12 Apr 2017)
Honorary Vice President: Poole Flying Boats Celebration
Honorary Patron: Bournemouth Air Festival 2015 - 2018
Life Member & Former Trustee: Friends of New Forest Airfields
(First Illustrated Talk 1988; 120+ bookings annually in 2018, 2019
First Cruise Ship booking 2011; 16 working cruises completed to end 2019
Has contributed to a number of aviation & other publications including:
‘Racing Ace’ Julian Lewis
‘The Saunders-Roe Princess Flying Boat’ RW Wealthy
‘British Flying Boats’ Peter London
‘Schneider Trophy to Spitfire’ John Shelton
‘Flying Boats of the Solent’ Norman G Hull
‘View from the Wings’ Colin Cruddas
‘In Hampshire’s Skies’ Colin Cruddas
‘Flying Boats of the Solent and Poole’ Mike Phipp
‘A History of Calshot Spit’ Revised edition 2015.
‘Ancasta Guide Me safely Home’ a novel by Diana Jackson cover designs & aviation history adviser
‘Defenders of the Skies’ for H2 Tv Channel & DVD
‘The New Forest at War’ DVD
‘Transition GO!’ Army Air Corps DVD
Numerous live broadcasts with BBC Radio Solent
Ian’s working life has been in: ergonomics and vehicle design, design and branding, and strategy and communications. Out of the office he is a keen flier, albeit with no licence.
He has flown an English Electric Lightning, Marchetti ST260, Mustang P51D, Aero L-39 Albatros and a de Havilland Chipmonk. He is keen to add to the list.
He does his best to apply his professional skills for the benefit of the charity.