Friday, 26 December 2008

Class 1 on a Gnat

standing on wing, rear (l-r): Hudson, Rowden, Sidnell, Inder.
sitting on wing (l-r): Ball, Bell, Quigley, Wells, Roberts (cockpit), Darrington, Boyle, Lefly, Philips.
standing (l-r): Morris, Ward, Griggs.

This picture was taken at the time of completing our airfield training, very close to passing out from the apprenticeship. It was taken on a snowy, cloudy day so the whole background has faded to white, giving an impression we are actually floating. Not even we were good enough engineers that we cuould make a Gnat float . . .

The Gnat was the aircraft we used to practice our overall training and skills on in the hanger in a 'real' environment. We had to remove various major componants and rebuild the aircraft. This included the engine, which was subsequently test started once the exercise was complete.

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