Aeronautics are cool for pupils taking flight

Hughenden Primary Schoolv visit RAF Halton's Trenchard Museum and McCudden Flight Heritage Centre & Air Power Centre
Hughenden Primary Schoolv visit RAF Halton's Trenchard Museum and McCudden Flight Heritage Centre & Air Power Centre

Thirty five children from Hughenden Primary School visited RAF Halton’s Trenchard Museum and the James McCudden Air Power Centre to experience Cool Aeronautics.

The sessions are aimed at giving children an awareness of flight, leading them to think about a career in science or flying. The children were taken through exercises explaining about morse code, communications and the theory of flight amongst others.

Min Larkin, Halton’s archivist, said the museum had expanded to such an extent that it has now been accepted as a corporate partner of the Royal Aeronautical Society who bring the Cool Aeronautics experience to Halton.

James Wright, from the National Governing Body Of Model Flying and Chair of the British Model Flying association came along to co-ordinate the helpers for the events. He said: “We did an event here in the summer which was well received by the children, making paper aeroplanes and flying them on the sports pitches. Such was the interest, and with the children being so animated, we got together with the museum staff to put this event together.”

One of the students, Faryal, said: “We all had an enjoyable time and learned a lot about how planes fly, we went in a simulator, made our own planes and learned about ground to air communications.”

More sessions are planned and if you would like to know more you can contact the Trenchard Museum on 01296 656842. To get the most out of the sessions children should be Year 7 or 8.