Desert Resuce Mission

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11th December 2017


On Wednesday 29th November, five GCSE Design Technology students visited RNAS Culdrose airbase to help rescue a Merlin helicopter from the Syrian Desert. They were given a full briefing about their task by Navy Officers and then worked in collaboration with Lockheed Martin to design and make a crane that would lift a giant Merlin helicopter from its sandy crash site. They were assigned different roles within the build such as structural, mechanical and electrical engineers, working under the careful stewardship of Caitlin, their Team Leader. Competing against other schools from across the County they produced a fantastic looking crane that plucked the stricken Merlin (model) from the sand (pit) with ease. The students also received a spectacular tour of the Merlin training centre and got to talk with trainee pilots and crew to find out what life is like in the Royal Navy.