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R J Mitchell Aircraft Maintenance Academy, Humberside Airport

Client:                          BAE Systems

Main Contractor:        Mitton Group

Location:                     Humberside Airport

Application:                 New training facility for BAe


The RJ Mitchell Aircraft Maintenance Academy, named after the inventor of the Spitfire, is a new £5M training academy for apprentices to learn how to work at air force bases across the world, opened in 2015. Located at Humberside Airport in North Lincolnshire and run by defence giant BAE Systems, this world-class facility will take on 60 apprentices a year and is expected to create more than 150 jobs over the next three years.

The academy is purpose-built for training with four workshops, six classrooms and an accommodation block. Mitton teams have been responsible for the installation of VRF air conditioning systems to all workshops and offices, utilising a central control system, plus all water services, sanitaryware, extract ventilation for washrooms and drainage.

Mitton has also installed a compressed air ring main for the workshops and hangar area as well as an oil fired warm air central heating system serving the hangar.

On the eve of the grand opening, the facility was temporarily home to 13 Spitfires from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight plus privately owned Spitfires. These historic aircraft flew the following day across the skies of Yorkshire to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Unternehmen Adlerangriff – the German operation to destroy the Royal Air Force in the Second World War, remembering the sacrifices made by the many young men of Fighter Command.



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