A recent visit to the Rolls-Royce factory in Derby gave cadets and staff from 1359 (Beeston) Squadron the opportunity to see examples of some of the engines built by the company and its predecessors.
The visit started with a tour around the Heritage Centre where the guide explained the development of the aero engine, starting with early examples such as the Eagle and ending up with the latest model, the Trent 900, which powers modern airliners such as the Boeing 777.
In between were examples of piston, turboprop, turbojet and high bypass engines as well as a cockpit section from a Canberra B.6 which was powered by a pair of Rolls-Royce Avon engines. The cadets were allowed access into the cockpit giving them an idea of the technology used in an aircraft built in the 1950’s.
The second part of the visit saw the cadets visiting the Engine Test Build Lab. The various modules of new or redesigned engines are put together in this building ensuring everything “fits”. This ensures that when the engines are on the production line the build process is as smooth as possible.
The visit was a great success with the cadets learning a lot about aero engine development, this was especially useful to those cadets currently studying for their propulsion exam.
The staff and cadets of 1359 (Beeston) Squadron would like to thank all the staff at Roll-Royce who helped make the visit a success especially David Hayes who made the visit possible.
CI Mike Hill
Media and Communications Officer
1359 (Beeston) Squadron