RAF Engineering Competition finals

The finals of the RAF Engineering Competition have been held at the Imperial War Museum at Duxford as part of the final public RAF100 event.

The overall youth winner was 1378 (Mold) & 1918 (Ruthin) Squadrons Air Training Corps who made a state-of the-art flight simulator.

The overall whole force winner was RAF Brize Norton – 47 Squadron for their waste oil bio-remediation system.

Bringing together finalists for the Youth Competition from the Air Scouts and Air Cadets and for the Senior Competition from across the RAF and University Air Squadrons, the entries were reviewed by judging panels consisting of RAF and industry personnel.

As 2018 is the National Year of the Engineer, the RAF chose its centenary year to launch its first ever Engineering Competition.

It was set up as an 18-month team challenge, open to all personnel and youth organisations affiliated to the RAF, that aimed to encourage a widespread interest in engineering and to inspire people of all ages to get involved in science, technology, engineering and maths.

The challenge was to design an engineering solution relating to air and space activities, based around one or more of the broad categories; The Royal Air Force – the next 100 years, size, weight and power, height, reach, speed and endurance, the information age.

In total there were 26 finalists that comprised of 16 youth teams and ten whole force teams.

The 16 youth teams were made up of 15 Air Training Corps Squadrons and one entry from 1st Sywell Air Scouts. 

The ten adult teams were from various RAF units but also two university teams.

Sponsored by Raytheon with prizes also coming from MBDA. These were presented by Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier, Chief of the Air Staff, Chief Executive and Managing Director of Raytheon UK, Mr Richard Daniel, and Dr Alex Rose-Parfitt, Engineering Director of Raytheon UK.