Past and present collide for Broughton Primary School pupils on visit to aircraft plant


Owen Evans

The future and the past of aviation was brought together as part of an event for young enthusiasts.

Pupils from Broughton Primary School touched down at the Airbus plant in Broughton as part of the ‘Plane in a Day’ project.

The event is a warm up to the project finale, which will see the children filming themselves building a model of an aircraft in 24 hours.

As part of the day’s activities, the jpupils dressed in traditional 1940s-style dress and through digital photography, were able to travel back in time and pose for a shot with an original Wellington bomber at Broughton.

The schoochildren also got a glimpse into the future of aviation as they got to grips with some virtual reality (VR) equipment, experiencing flying simulations on the very latest commercial aircraft.

Sam Marshall, 10, who took part in the event, said: “It was an amazing day.

“My favourite part was the virtual reality because you got to go to different places and fly on different planes.

“It was also really cool having my picture taken with the Wellington.”

The ‘Plane in a Day’ project was inspired by the building of a Wellington bomber in just over 24 hours at Broughton during the Second World War.

The propaganda stunt was pulled off by a predominantly female workforce at the height of the conflict in 1943 and footage of the achievement was shown in the USA to demonstrate that Britain wasn’t beaten by the Blitz.

Class teacher Stephen Anderton said: “It’s been a fantastic morning, the kids really enjoyed themselves and it was great to see them really engaging with all the activities, especially the VR equipment which was so immersive.

“It also ties in really well with our creative schools project which is focused on developing digital competency.

“Not only did the pupils have fun but they also learned a lot about the history of the Broughton site, including the building of the Wellington, and the theory of flight.”

The project, which is funded by the Arts Council for Wales, aims to develop children’s digital skills through a range of creative activities.

Over the past few weeks pupils from Broughton Primary School have been learning about the Second World War in a bid to replicate the original ‘Plane in a Day’ stunt.

Not only will they attempt to build a model aircraft in less than 24 hours, they will also film the project, giving the schoolchildren a chance to practise their video editing skills.

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