Small Aircraft Has a Big Message
Published: 09 Jun 2017
To many visitors attending this summer's Royal International Air Tattoo the sight of a small rather unassuming aircraft on static display in the Techno Zone might well pass them by.
But the heart-breaking yet ultimately uplifting story behind the RANS S6, registered G-GWFT, is as powerful and inspirational as any they are likely to encounter on their visit to RAF Fairford.
The aircraft belongs to the Georgia Williams Trust which was set up in June 2013 as a permanent and sustainable memorial to teenager Georgia Williams who was murdered.
Georgia, who was an Air Cadet, lived life to the full and had ambitions to join the Royal Air Force as a paramedic.
She was among the first pupils to be involved with the Boeing RAeS Build-a-Plane project which was run at Ercall Wood Technology College in Shropshire. She attended airshows and other events as a keen ambassador of the scheme and passionately believed in its power to help young people engage with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects.
In all, Boeing sponsored kits to be built by six schools, with Ercall Wood being the fourth school. The plane was built by pupils aged 13 to 16, as part of an after-school initiative, together with some days in the holidays. Volunteers gave up their time to mentor and support the pupils, teaching them the necessary skills which have enabled the completion of the build.
On November 27, 2016 the Georgia Williams Trust bought the aircraft and are using it, as Georgia would have undoubtedly wished, to promote aviation and STEM subjects among young people.
The plane was registered as G-GWFT, with the GW standing for Georgia Williams and FT for ferret, her nickname. A fitting memorial to a remarkable young lady.