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School pupils add to Gloucestershire's aviation heritage as they fly a plane they built themselves

By The Citizen  |  Posted: March 19, 2014

Pupils from Stroud High School and Marling School in front of their plane

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SCHOOL pupils added to the county's aviation heritage as a plane they made themselves took to the skies over Gloucestershire.

Marling School, Stroud High School and Maidenhill School spent four years building the two seater plane.

The volunteers built the plane from a kit as part of a 'Schools Build a Plane' challenge run by the Boeing and Royal Aeronautical Society.

The plane managed a couple of flights yesterday before suffering an oil leak.

Alice McEllin, student at Stroud High School who took the first flight in the plane, said: “I’m very proud of what we've achieved and a lot of hard work went into it.

"This project has made great memories for us."

The plane was completed last year and underwent 60 hours of testing before taking it’s maiden flight.

Steve Berry, Head of Design and Technology at Marling High School, said: "This has been a fantastic project as it has developed pupils' communication and leadership skills. It also helps them engage with engineering."

Technical Specs:

• The two-seater plane took four years to build, with the first parts arriving in 2009.

• It has a top speed of up to 100mph.

• It is officially known as a RANS S6ES Coyote II aircraft, an American light aircraft kit chosen for ease of assembly.

• The plane has an 85 horsepower, 68 litre engine. Fuel consumption can be up to 15 litres per hour.

• More than 200 volunteers worked on the project, with roles from building to team management.

• The Royal Aeronautical Society, which helped to co-ordinate the volunteers, has six similar projects nationwide.

• The plane has a wingspan of 34.5ft, is 20ft 9in long and 9ft tall.

• It weighs 450kg, can fly for 440 miles and keep going for 4.4 hours.

• The plane has been displayed at engineering fairs nationwide

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