Museum Lecture

Chinook Crew 'Chick'

Watch in the Museum or Online

The Army Flying Museum at Middle Wallop, Hampshire has gained great respect for its monthly lecture series and on 30 January, the Museum is thrilled to host a very special evening with Liz McConaghy, the author of the best-selling book ‘Chinook Crew Chick’.

Liz was the longest serving female crewman on the Royal Air Force Chinook Fleet, spanning a seventeen-year career flying on the aircraft.  Liz was the youngest aircrew to deploy to Iraq aged just 21 and the only female crewman on the Chinook wing for four years and her career saw her amass two deployments to Iraq and ten deployments to Helmand Afghanistan in support of Operation Herrick.

Liz’s story offers an honest and humorous account of her best and worst of times and gives an insightful and personal perspective on war and how her experiences flying the Chinook have changed and moulded her into the woman she has become.  Liz is sure to enthral audiences with tales from dodging bullets to saving soldiers, along with witnessing the brutality and loss of war which found her bringing the battlefield home despite her fighting days being over.

Courageously telling of how her memories eventually caught up with her in spectacular fashion, leading to her trying to take her own life, she survived and now offers hope to those who find themselves in the darkest of places and how to find the tools within to rebuild a new life.

With close family ties to Middle Wallop, Liz is thrilled to be delivering this event in the fabulous surroundings of the Hayward Hall at the Army Flying Museum.  This special event will also be live streamed on the Museum’s website, as well as available to a limited audience at the Museum itself.  A live Q&A session will take place following the talk with both live and online audience members able to participate.

Tickets to attend the event in the Museum on 30 January at 7pm are just £10, with online pay per view £6. 

The presentation will also be recorded for catch up viewing after the event through the museum website.

The lecture series has gained the Museum respect from far and wide and regularly sees an oversees contingent of viewers each month watching the lectures online.  As an independent charity, this area of work as proved invaluable as a fundraising tool for the Museum, to ensure they can continue to develop the work they do in telling the story of army aviation to audiences young and old.

Interviews – Liz McConaghy is available for interview, please contact me at if you would like to arrange this.