AIR cadets have the engine and all of the tools – now they just need the know-how.
For the squadron based at Blackpool Airport is desperately in need of a skilled mechanic to help train them in mechanical engineering.
Their last volunteer – who regularly helped the cadets strip down the Gnome engine – has moved and can no longer advise.
The cadets of 177 Blackpool Airport Squadron Air Training Corps have been spending time every week getting to grips with the insides of the motor, which once powered a Westland Wessex helicopter, used by the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force.
Flt Lieut Andrew Nickson, who leads the group, said he was desperate to find a qualified engineer to help teach his cadets about the workings of the engine.
The 44-year-old timetabler from Collegiate High School said: “The engine is on a movable trolley and a masonic group provided us with a works specification toolbox – its an amazing piece of kit.
“But the Eurofighter Typhoon worker who was teaching the cadets how to dismantle and reassemble the engine has moved jobs and is now on the South coast.”
The engine, built under licence by Rolls Royce, could generate more than 1,000Bhp when it was in use.
And it is one of the most reliable engines in the world.
The group now needs a volunteer to work with them one or two evenings a week to help train the cadets how to use their still-sparkling set of tools.
Mr Nickson, from Poulton, added: “We need someone with a degree of engineering experience to show them how to use everything in the tool set.
“We want them to be able to take it apart, clean parts, and put it back together.
Anyone who can help offer their engineering expertise is asked to call (01253) 403664.