• Short Summary

    A "CUSHION CRAFT" BUILT BY 18 UK APPRENTICES WHO STARTED WORK ON IT LAST OCTOBER HAD ITS FIRST TRIAL RUN FEB 17.

  • Description

    A "CUSHION CRAFT" BUILT BY 18 UK APPRENTICES WHO STARTED WORK ON IT LAST OCTOBER HAD ITS FIRST TRIAL RUN FEB 17.THE MACHINE HAS NOT BEEN MADE FOR SALE, BUT AS AN EXERCISE FOR THE APPRENTICES AT ENGLISH ELECTRIC AVIATION'S GUIDED WEAPONS DIVISION AT STEVENAGE.

    ALL THE DESIGN AND MANUFACTURE HAS BEEN DONE BY THE APPRENTICES - INCLUDING THE ENGINE, THE FAN THAT CREATES THE AIR CUSHION ON WHICH THE MACHINE RIDES, THE DUCTING AND SUPERSTRUCTURE.THE MACHINE IS FIVE FEET IN DIAMETER AND IS POWERED BY A 500 C.C.TWIN-CYLINDER OVERHEAD VALVE ENGINE DESIGNED TO RUN AT 4,500 REVOLUTIONS A MINUTE.

    WITH THIS POWER, THE MACHINE CAN HOVER 1 1/2 INCHES OFF THE GROUND AND CARRY THE DRIVER - IN THIS CASE, ONE OF THE APPRENTICES.ENGLISH ELECTRIC BEGAN GROUP PROJECTS FOR THEIR GRADUATE APPRENTICES SOME YEARS AGO.THEY ARE DESIGNED TO PROVIDE A PERIOD OF ACTIVE ENGINEERING IN THE FACTORY BEFORE GOING INTO THE VARIOUS DEPARTMENTS FOR SPECIALIZED TRAINING.

    IN CARRYING OUT PROJECT, A GROUP OF APPRENTICES MUST KEEP TO DELIVERY DATES, DO THEIR OWN BUDGETING, CHOOSE THEIR OWN STAFF FROM AMONGST THEMSELVES, AND USE EXISTING SYSTEMS WITHIN THE COMPANY FOR OBTAINING THE NECESSARY EQUIPMENT.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA4MCUZODND0RYLYF774GKE6O03
    Media URN:
    VLVA4MCUZODND0RYLYF774GKE6O03
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/02/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:57:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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