Cranfield’s NFLC Jetstream 31 Image Cranfield University

Memories will be part of Handley Page lecture

Cranfield University is appealing to students who have flown in their aircraft to share their anecdotes and experiences of their flights as students.

The National Flying Laboratory Centre (NFLC) operates Cranfield’s three aircraft for research, teaching and consultancy. It brings together academics and technical specialists to deliver experiential learning for aerospace engineering students from over 20 UK universities.

The current fleet consists of two tandem-seat 1000kg aerobatic piston engine aircraft and a 7000kg Jetstream 31 turboprop. This is a flying engineering laboratory with 19 seats.

In 2019, Cranfield received a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for the work of its “flying classroom” and the role it plays in supporting the nation’s aero-engineering students. Professor Nicholas Lawson, head of NFLC, said:

“Over the years, we have had hundreds of students from Cranfield and other institutions that have benefited from the facilities at NFLC. Many of them have interesting tales to tell.

“We would love to hear about their experiences and how it has impacted their future careers, as well as helping us build a social history of the NFLC.”

Saab to replace the Jetstream

This year Cranfield purchased a Saab 340B aircraft. This is currently being modifying it for use as a flying laboratory and classroom to replace its existing Jetstream 31.

If you have any stories or special memories about Cranfield’s NFLC, using the flying classroom, recall your instructors or have any photos of yourself and the aircraft, the University would like hear from you. Please visit: your story

You can also send your recollections or scanned photos to:

The NFLC team will present the Handley Page lecture on 19 November 2020 covering the research and history of the Centre and hope to include some of the memories that are shared.