Aeronautical Heritage Award at Samlesbury in front of gate guardian jet
Awarded by the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS), they are placed at important sites across the UK in recognition and celebration of technical or operational achievements that have made a unique contribution of world significance to the art and science of aeronautics. 

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.
Aeronautical Heritage Award plaque at Samlesbury site

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.
Aeronautical Heritage Award plaque at Warton site

To commemorate the unveiling members of the RAeS Preston Branch were joined by the CEO of RAeS, Dave Edwards and RAeS Head of Community Engagement, Scott Phillips. Dave and Scott then toured the Warton site, seeing some of the Company’s latest technologies that continue our tradition of advancing aeronautical technology.

Of the award Ian Muldowney, President of RAeS Preston Branch and BAE Systems Air Chief Operating Officer said:

“We're delighted to have been awarded these two heritage plaques from RAeS today.
“As Chief Operating Officer for BAE Systems Air and a RAeS member and Chartered Engineer myself, 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.”

Heritage Award unveiling at Warton Aerodrome reception

Speech marks Dave Edwards, CEO of the Royal Aeronautical Society said;

“We’re delighted to be celebrating the role BAE Systems and their teams have had on the advancement of aviation and aerospace globally with the unveiling of these plaques. 

“Visiting Samlesbury and Warton sites, seeing the amazing technology on display and hearing first-hand the impact BAE Systems has locally here in the North West has been great.  I’m particularly encouraged to see the outreach work being done to get the next generation interested in the amazing opportunities available to everyone in aviation and aerospace.”


Ian went on to say:

“The award has also come at a special time for our branch too, as we celebrated our 75th anniversary this year and being able to have Dave attend and unveil the two plaques today has really helped made the occasion extra special”.

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