Air Power and the Salmond brothers in WW1

17 May 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Grandson of one of the early flying commander brothers John and Geoff Salmond will bring the amazing story of his grandfather to life at a special talk at the Museum of Army Flying this May. 

Group Captain David Baker, Grandson of Sir Geoffrey Salmond, has access to family papers which shed a unique light on the development of Air Power in the First World War, unveiling a fascinating story of vision, outspoken determination, technological and organisational development, personal conflict, and military achievement. 

The Salmonds had been both promoted to Major General by the end of the first World War,  John in Command of the RFC & RAF in France and Geoff in Command of the RFC & RAF in the Middle East.

David recounts the development of Air Power from early fragile Maurice Farmans, to the mighty Handley Page 0-400 Bombers of the Trenchard’s Independent Air Force. He will illuminate his talk with the technical development of aerial photography, dangerous early efforts at bombing and the significance of gun synchronisation to enable firing through the propeller.


“Boom” Trenchard’s magnetic personality could have overshadowed the Salmonds, but both their achievements were fundamental to bringing about the Armistice.

A curry supper is available from the The Museum of Flying's Apache Cafe team from 6pm (vegetarian meal also offered).


 – Air Power and the Salmond brothers in WW1 - Lecture
 – Air Power and the Salmond brothers in WW1 - Curry Supper