The Nineteenth Louis Blériot Lecture was given in Paris on 25th April 1966 under the auspices of L’Association Françaises des Ingénieurs et Techniciens de L’Aéronautique et L’Espace. The Lecture was attended by Sir George Gardner, KBE, CB, HonDSc, CEng, HonFRAeS, President of the Society, and Lady Gardner, by the Rt. Hon. Julian Snow, MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Aviation, by Mr. A. D. Baxter, MEng, CEng, FRAeS, President-Elect, Air Cdre. F. R. Banks, CB, OBE, CEng, CGIA, HonFAIAA, FRAeS, RAF (retd), Vice-President and First Louis Blériot Lecturer, Mr. S. D. Davies, BSc(Eng), CEng, FRAeS, member of Council, Dr. A. M. Ballantyne, OBE, TD, BSc, CEng, FAIAA, HonFCASI, FRAeS, Secretary, and by other members of Council and of the Aircraft Industry and by several former Louis Blériot lecturers, both English and French.
Monsieur Blum, President of AFITAE, presided at the Meeting which was attended by a large and distinguished audience. Monsieur S. Jarry, President d'Honneur, AFITAE, read the list of previous Louis Blériot Lecturers and Sir George Gardner expressed his pleasure and that of his colleagues at this reunion with their friends of AFITAE. Monsieur Blum then introduced the lecturer, Mr. Peter Masefield, Managing Director of Beagle Aircraft Ltd and Chairman of the British Airports Authority and a Past President of the Society. Mr. Masefield said a few words in French and the lecture was then read on his behalf, in French, by Monsieur Peyrelevade. A vote of thanks was proposed after the Lecture by Monsieur Potez.
The Lecture was followed by a reception and cocktail party and later by a dinner.