Mike Wilkey has compiled a short history of the Research and Instruments Group covering the period he worked there (1958 – 91) and the events his 2020 brain permits. A great deal of the work was for the Ministry of Defence concerning airborne reconnaissance, although the design, manufacture and use of a wide range of commercial hydraulic vibration test equipment also became part of the business.
Click on the link below to view or download the history.
Jayne Jupp has sent in some photographs of her father John Parfitt working in photogrammetry, and in a group picture. The film crew in the first picture could be BBC South or Thames TV making a film about map making – does anyone remember? All the people on the group photo have been identified, but not why or when it was taken. Any additional information gratefully received, and will be added here.
This request is from a photographer who wants to find a Wild A8 Stereoplotter in use: Hello,
I’m a french artist and I work actually on the history of aerial photography. I research a “Wild A8 Stereo plotter” and I would to know where I can find a “Wild A8 Stereo plotter” operating. I would like to make print with this.
Fairey Surveys used and made some very specialised equipment. Here are pictures and information about some of it (click on the name or the photo for the full view). Tony Furneaux and Adrian Workman provided the photographs, and Derek Minter and Lawrence Scott contributed the brochures.
The photo of the camera without operator, AW17, was designed to be installed in an RAF Scout helicopter and used to take oblique photographs at long range. It shows the vibration isolator unit which the camera is mounted on. The five photographs AW15,16,18,19 & 20 are parts of a typical vibration isolator unit that were made in the R&I Department.