RAF Cosford receive a Hawk aircraft from RAF Shawbury 190320 CREDIT BFBS.jpg
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RAF Hawk Rehomed At Cosford

The Hawk aircraft will be used to train future RAF engineers.

RAF Cosford receive a Hawk aircraft from RAF Shawbury 190320 CREDIT BFBS.jpg

Trainee engineers at RAF Cosford have received a retired Hawk aircraft to hone their mechanical skills on.

The aircraft will sit alongside four other Hawks and a former Red Arrows jet.

Flight Lieutenant Sam Laugher, from the Mechanical Training Squadron at RAF Cosford, said the jets are used as a "stepping stone" before the trainees move onto more complicated systems.

"It just allows them to build up their knowledge without too much of a complex system initially," he said.

The Hawk was taken from RAF Shawbury to its new home at RAF Cosford in three sections - the wings, the tailplane and the fuselage. 

It was moved by the Joint Aircraft Recovery And Transportation Squadron (JARTS) whose other role is to be the first responders in the event of a plane crash.

However, team leader Sergeant Darren Baul said they "train throughout the year" for jobs such as this. 

A crane was used to help move parts of the aircraft off the trailer.