Jetting in to town college

The Jet Provost on its short journey to Hartlepool College of Further Education's site

The Jet Provost on its short journey to Hartlepool College of Further Education's site

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AEROSPACE students will get first-hand experience of working on jets after two former Royal Air Force aircraft were brought into a multi-million pound college.

Hartlepool College of Further Education has invested in two Jet Provosts, a jet-powered trainer aircraft previously used by the RAF from 1955-1993.

The college, in Stockton Street, Hartlepool, now owns three jets which gives aerospace and aeronautical students the chance to take part in practical sessions.

The students will now get the opportunity to work on features of the jet including the mechanics, hydraulics and escape systems.

College bosses say the jets will help to develop their courses.

They also revealed they recently bought a Rolls Royce RB211 jet engine, the type which would be used in a Boeing 747.

Assistant principal Darren Hankey said: “It’s going to be fantastic for the students to get the opportunity to work with these jets and the Rolls Royce engine.

“It gives them vital first-hand experience.

“If we didn’t have the jets or the engines the students would have lots of theory sessions, it’s great for them to get the opportunity to take part in practical classes and it will benefit them greatly.

“We are also in partnership with RAF Leeming which again lets the students gain experience which will be vital in the future.”

As previously reported, the college is also installing a wind turbine in order to train a number of students and bring jobs to the town.

Mr Hankey added: “This all demonstrates the aspirations of the college and the opportunities on offer for students.”