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5F Hawks’ rise to the Challenge !!! (again)

Article posted: Aug 13, 2014 by Wing Media & Comm Officer

‘5F Hawks’ rise to the Challenge !!! (again)

A team from 5F (Northampton) Squadron has again been successful in getting through to the final round of the Aerospace Challenge at Cranfield University.

This is the tenth successive year that 5F (Northampton) Sqn have had a team(s) qualify and this year’s team members are Cdt Sgt Ben Kennedy, Cdt Kat Mylnarczyk and Cdt Greg Wimpress.

The Aerospace Challenge is an annual competition organised by John Farley, the first ever Harrier test pilot. The event is sponsored by many leading companies within the aviation industry including but not exclusively Rolls Royce, Marshalls Aerospace, Air International and the Royal Air Force.

Participants are teams from schools and cadet forces around the country. The teams have to submit a project beforehand for consideration with the top twelve teams being selected to attend an educational week at Cranfield University. The project topic is usually set by the RAF and this year teams had to submit their ideas on ‘Saving lives at sea with the new RAF Atlas.’

Once selected, teams attend Cranfield University for a week to receive training on various aspects of aerospace, continue working on their project and prepare and deliver a presentation about their ideas to a very knowledgeable audience from within the Aerospace industry.

Based on the original entry and subsequent performance in team exercises at Cranfield one team will be selected as the overall winner with two other teams as runners up. The three teams will share a £5000 prize fund at an award ceremony and reception to be held in London at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in November 2014. The winning team will also receive the Schools Aerospace Challenge Trophy presented on an annual basis by Cranfield University

We are all now waiting for the final results.

Well done 5F!

Submitted by CI D.Upton