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Wigston hit Mach 1

Article posted: Nov 22, 2011 by Flt Lt Rayson-Flynn

Three cadets are on cloud nine after meeting the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton at a reception event in London this month.

The trio, Cdt Flt Sgts’ Beth Quayle and Elliot Stark and Cdt Sgt Will Hodson, entered the Schools Aerospace Challenge early in the year and beat off stiff competition with their solution to a blended wing aircraft design.

The team, known as Mach 1, got through the first round of the competition and were selected to attend a week long Summer school at Cranfield University, working closely with big aerospace engineering companies and the RAF.

They were assessed during this week and were awarded a runners up place, winning £250 each and £250 for the squadron.
At the reception event, held at the Institute of mechanical engineers on Birdcage walk in the capital, the team and OC Squadron, were able to meet high ranking officers including Wing Commander Andy Green, who holds the land speed record after driving Thrust SSC. Air Commodore Cooper, Air Officer Commanding for the Air Cadets was also on hand to speak to the team at length about their achievements, not just in the competition but in the Air Cadet Organisation. OC 1461 Sqn said, “ this is certainly a highlight of my cadet career so far, I am immensely proud of the teamwork and knowledge the team have shown to enable them to meet the challenge thrown down to them.”

Team captain Cdt Flt Sgt Elliot Stark said “ This was a brilliant experience that has benefit, myself and the team and has given us a great insight into the aerospace industry, both military and civil

Picture: They are pictured with Chief of Materiel, Air Marshal Kevin Leeson (far left), Professor Rod Smith, President of Institution of Mechanical Engineers and Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton (on far right).

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