BAE recognised for contributions to aeronautics

BAE Systems has been bestowed with two special plaques recognising the company's significant contribution to the art and science of aeronautics.

The awards have been granted by the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS). Of the 20 awards handed out since the programme was launched in 2008, BAE Systems has won two of them.

The plaques are now on display at the entrance of Samlesbury and Warton Aerodrome.

The award at Samlesbury reads: "Aircraft production started at Samlesbury Aerodrome in 1939 and with the progressive introduction of advanced manufacturing, assembly and engineering facilities for various aircraft programmes this site remains a centre of excellence for supporting aircraft production."

The award at Warton reads: "Since 1948 the men and women at Warton Aerodrome have been responsible for many significant contributions to aviation, including the development of the Canberra, Lightning and several multi-national projects - the Experimental Aircraft Programme, Jaguar, Tornado and Typhoon."

Ian Muldowney, president of RAeS Preston Branch and BAE Systems Air chief operating officer said: "I have seen first-hand some of the great, innovative work that our engineers do in the defence, aerospace & security industry and so being able to commemorate our collective achievements in this way is a really proud moment, not just for those that have come before us, but those that are here today continuing to push forward the BAE Systems innovative legacy."

Mike Elston, chairman of RAeS Preston Branch, and BAE Systems Air chief counsel, added: "Only around 20 Aeronautical Heritage Plaques have been awarded to date, so receiving two is amazing recognition from the society.

"Most importantly, the awards are collective recognition, rather than for specific individuals. They recognise the many thousands of women and men who have contributed over the decades.

"It’s recognition for generations of workers at Samlesbury and Warton, in some cases generations of the same family. These awards also recognise the very close connection we have with our local communities."