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Boeing's Centennial Wings Showcased at Air Tattoo

Published: 16 Aug 2018


Cadets from Northern Ireland showcased their aircraft build to visitors of the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford (13-15 July).

18 Air Cadet Squadrons worked together to build the Sting S4 ultralight aircraft from a kit, totalling 400 hours of work.

The aircraft, which was built as part of Boeing's Centennial Wings programme was on display outside the Techno Zone.

The project collaboration between Boeing, The Royal Air Force and The Air League, was launched in 2016 to mark Boeing's centenary, with the completion date scheduled to document the RAF100 anniversary.

Dawn McCafferty, Air Commodore of the RAF Air Cadets said: "It's brilliant to see the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) subjects grow within Air Cadets. It's been a really exciting project."

"The programme was designed to complement and enhance the existing RAF Cadet curriculum with hands-on practical application of classroom theory.

"Hopefully it has helped to inspire young people to study STEM subjects and take an interest in a military and aerospace career."

David Pitchforth Managing Director, Boeing Defence UK Ltd said: "Our STEM campaign is called 'Inspiring the Next Generation' because that's precisely what we aim to do.

"The engineering and technical scientists of the world really can help to shape the future."

“It was an epic spectacle, as magical as anything you've ever seen in the West End, and as loud as anything you've ever heard at Knebworth.”

Jeremy Clarkson, Television Presenter

“All the thrills, excitement and noise of a Grand Prix, but in the air!”

Jenson Button, Formula 1 Racing Driver

“Probably the most complete air show Iíve ever been to!”

Al Worden, Apollo 15 Astronaut

“This is THE best airshow!”

Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 Astronaut

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