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Rebirth of the Spitfire in Cornwall

Published: November 20, 2017

Cornwall College Camborne

An exciting and inspirational engineering project has launched to rebuild two iconic World War 2 Spitfires.

As part of the Parnall Foundation, a newly founded Not for Profit organisation based on the Roseland, the project will provide opportunities to local young people and offer apprenticeships to work on the plane.

The project is designed to promote modern engineering, delivering traditional experience in state-of-the-art facilities; all located in a private estate at Trelonk and working closely with The Cornwall College Group.

Tim Fane, Aviation Lead, Parnall Advanced Engineering said the Spitfire project is an “amazing once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for young engineers to get involved in”.

“Our apprentices will help build one of the best loved aircraft ever created,” he continued.

“By having this Foundation to nurture engineering talent, local students can get involved in a number of innovative projects, giving them a real boost to their career prospects.”

The aviation project will see the build of two Supermarine Spitfires, one dedicated to the City of Truro and the other as a static exhibit.  The time frame for completion is four years and it already has many high profile sponsors including the Historic Flying Museum in Duxford.

Murphy Ransley-Miles, Aviation Apprentice, Parnall Advanced Engineering is one of the first to work on the project.

“I’ve always had a passion for aircraft and I knew from an early age that I wanted to work in the aviation industry,” he said.

“I am currently studying Aeronautical Engineering at Cornwall College which covers all the basic principles and disciplines of Aero-engineering.  Working on this fantastic project allows me to put my academic knowledge into practice which not only enhances my key skills but is also a real bonus for my CV.”

There are currently two apprentices working on the project from Cornwall College, Murphy Ransley-Miles and Lawrence Bysouth.

“Both students are very enthusiastic and come with a really good overview of practices and a wide knowledge base,” Tim continued.

“Since joining the project they have both contributed massively and are a great addition to the team.  I think whatever industry they decide to specialise in, either military or commercial; they will both have very successful careers.”

Cornwall College is known for offering specialist courses and is the only college to offer Aeronautical Engineering, with their own aircraft for students to work on.

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