Guy Bartlett

Location: Maidstone, Kent
About me...

I’m a former school teacher and experienced public speaker whose presentations are guaranteed to add extra sparkle to your club meeting or event. I use archive film footage, technology, music, humour and a genuine enthusiasm for my subject to provide a fascinating insight into aviation-related subjects.

My talks are designed to be of interest to everyone whether they have an interest in aircraft or not. There are delivered in an energetic manner and I am always willing to take questions at the end. I have given presentations to numerous audiences ranging from school children, parent groups, professionals, senior management and older persons groups. I do not use jargon.

I have a range of talks, please scroll through as they are not all aircraft related.

About my talks...

I use my own projector and amplifier (all I ask is that a table and screen or blank wall are available) to provide detailed but easily accessible Powerpoint based talks about some of the most iconic aircraft ever to have flown. The talks are suitable for all ages and sexes and last between 45-90 minutes dependant on requirements. I live in Kent, but am happy to travel UK-wide.


My fee is from £75 plus travel expenses at 45p a mile if the venue is more than ten miles from my home town Maidstone in Kent.

I’m happy to work anywhere in the UK. Additional costs if overnight accommodation is required.

My Contact Details:

07960 449494

Avro Vulcan - The Delta Deterrent

Public Speaker Gary Bartlett talks about the Avro Vulcan aircraft.

Designed to drop a nuclear payload deep within Russia, this delta-winged aircraft together with the Victor and Valiant made up the UK V-Force. Used by the RAF between 1956 – 1984 the Vulcan held the record for the longest bombing mission in history when the RAF, flying from Ascention Island, bombed the strategically important Argentinian-captured runway at Port Stanley on the Falkland Islands. This presentation will explore all aspects of the aircraft. For example, why did each Vulcan carry a RAT?


Concorde - Supersonic Cover-up?

Public Speaker Guy Bartlett talks about Concorde

The fastest passenger aircraft of all time. First flown in March 1969, this iconic vehicle was ahead of its time in so many ways. Join me on a journey of discovery focused on this beautiful aircraft and learn many new and interesting facts as I share my personal experience of super-sonic flight with you. There will never be another aircraft like Concorde. When she flew the public would stop to look up. The perfect synergy of technology and design. This presentation also explores the Paris crash and offers new insight into that fateful event. One of my most popular presentations.


The Red Arrows - A History of RAF Display Teams

Guy Bartlett Public Speaker from Maidstone, Kent talks about  The Red Arrows

Red Arrows pilots are amongst the most highly qualified and experienced within the Royal Air Force. During the display season the Red Arrows perform between 75-85 air displays and more than 100 fly-pasts. Each pilot is hand picked and only a very few will be given the privilege of representing the RAF both in the UK and abroad. Their Hawk aircraft are essentially the same as those used by the Advanced Flying Training students at Royal Air Force Valley, with the exception of smoke generators and a slightly uprated engine. Let me share some of their history with your group.

Stealth Aircraft - State of Art War Machines

Public Speaker Guy Bartlett talks about Stealth Bombers

Stealth aircraft are designed to avoid detection using a variety of stealth technologies that reduce reflection/emission of radar, infrared, visible light, radio-frequency spectrum and audio, collectively known as stealth technology. Development of stealth technology probably began in Germany during World War II. Well-known modern examples of U.S. stealth aircraft include the F-117 Nighthawk (1981–2008), the B-2 Spirit, the F-22 Raptor, and the F-35 Lightning II. This presentation explores the technologies used to create these state-of-art machines

Harrier - An Aircraft That Defies Physics

Public Speaker Guy Bartlett talks about The Harrier Aircraft

The Harrier was typically used as a ground attack aircraft. Its vertical take off and landing (VTOL) abilities allowed it to be deployed from very small prepared clearings or helipads as well as normal airfields. The Harrier was the only truly operational VTOL jet aircraft in the world. The fundamentally simply concept of a single powerful engine with four rotatable nozzles enable fast jet operation from small and unprepared areas. This presentation discusses this iconic military aircraft, and its deployment across the world.


The Battle of Britain - Victory Against The Odds

Public Speaker Guy Bartlett from Maidstone Kent talks about The Battle  of Britain.

The iconic vision of Spitfires and Hurricanes battling to preserve our freedoms as they swept into action against German aircraft in the skies above southern England is an accurate one. The Battle of Britain took place between July and October 1940. The Germans began by attacking coastal targets and British shipping operating in the English Channel. This presentation examines the aircraft, pilots and tactics used to ensure victory in the skies. It offers a unique insight into the RAF’s perspective of the Battle of Britain and how the outcome was almost very different. A new presentation for 2017.

The Dambusters - Barnes Wallis and 617 Squadron (New talk for 2018)

Public Speaker Guy Bartlett talks about The Dambusters - Barnes Wallis and 617 Squadron

Discover the skill and bravery of the crews of 19 Lancaster aircraft as well as the vision and determination of inventor Barnes Wallis. Operation “Chastise” has become a legend in military history as it contains all the traditionally admired military attributes of originality, surprise and heroism coupled with a dramatic outcome. Learn about the success and failures of one of the most daring raids of WWII. Do you know the links this mission has with Herne Bay, or where you can still see the bouncing bombs?


Iranian Embassy Siege - The SAS in Action

Public Speaker Guy Bartlett talks about The SAS and the Iranian Embassy Siege

The SAS raid, codenamed “Operation Nimrod”, was broadcast live at peak time on the 5th May 1980. It was viewed by millions of people, mostly in the UK, making it a defining moment in British history. Both the BBC and ITV interrupted their scheduled programming to show the end of the siege. Now discover the inside story of what lead up to the raid, how it almost went tragically wrong, and how it cemented the Special Air Services as one of the elite Special Forces. For a small additional fee this course can include the opportunity to view and handle some of the “ black kit” weapons and equipment used by 22nd Regiment during this, their most high profile mission to date.



Four Minute Warning - What Would Have Happened?

Public Speaker Guy Bartlett talks about  The Four Minute Warning

The four-minute warning was a public alert system conceived by the British Government during the Cold War and operated between 1953 and 1992. The name derived from the approximate length of time from the point at which a Soviet nuclear missile attack against the UK could be confirmed and the impact of those missiles on their targets. This talk examines the handling of the nuclear threat, what would have happened should the alarm have sounded and its consequences.

Guy Bartlett Contact Details:

07960 449494