Prepare to take-off at the AMRC

05 October 2016

An aviation spectacular will be landing at the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing this autumn, when the Sheffield Branch of the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) hold their 150th anniversary celebrations on Tuesday 18 October.

The RAeS exists to further the advancement of aeronautical art, science and engineering around the world. Celebrating the society’s formation in 1866 as the world’s only professional body dedicated to the aerospace community, the Sheffield branch will be looking back 150 years, and forward up to 50 years with events on the theme of ‘innovative firsts’ in aerospace.

Members of the public are invited to check into the arrivals lounge of the pop-up airport at the AMRC and check out the two ‘hangers’ of demonstrations, exhibits and information stands telling the rich history and future of aviation and the aerospace industry in the local area.

Guests such as Boeing, BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce, the Royal Air Force, South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum, the Vulcan to the Sky Trust and Avian Hang Gliders will be on site, showcasing the technologies and innovations in aerospace technology that have defined the progression of aviation.

There will be outdoor displays about heritage aircraft and engines to enjoy, including display engines such as a sectioned Merlin Mk3 and Adour jet engine from Rolls-Royce Heritage, a replica 1916 Blackburn seaplane, a fully restored Westland Whirlwind cockpit and more.

Visitors will also be treated to a series of talks from the RAeS Sheffield branch committee on the theme of ‘150 years of aviation and a look to the future’. AMRC Development Engineer, Craig Atkins is a committee member of the Sheffield branch of RAeS and will be presenting on the evening, he said:

“The event will bring together engineers and non-engineers to celebrate aviation history and achievements. They will have an opportunity to talk with representatives from industry, tour and learn more about the AMRC and discuss local aviation with museum staff, volunteers and members of the aviation community in the Sheffield region.”

The celebrations open to the public from 5pm for visitors to visit the ‘hangers’, tour the AMRC buildings, enjoy the outdoor displays and demonstrations and take part in a special raffle.

From 8pm visitors will be invited to talks from the RAeS Sheffield branch committee and close at 9.30pm with the opportunity for questions with the presenters. A complimentary buffet and refreshments will be available.

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