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TELEVISION presenter James May enlisted the help of young engineers from Brunel University for a Christmas special.
The expertise of undergraduate and postgraduate aerospace engineering students was required for James May’s Toy Stories: Flight Club, to be broadcast by BBC2 on Sunday evening.
The Brunel team was asked to assist in building a wing section for a large glider that would enable it to fly across 22 miles of sea.
The aircraft is based on memories of Keil-Kraft gliders Top Gear presenter May constructed as a boy. Students spent a week building the aircraft, assembling the wings, tail and fin, using more than 1,000 pieces of balsa wood.
The flight involved a launch from a helicopter at 10,000ft above the sea.
Brunel aerospace engineering lecturer Dr Mark Jabbal said: “It was a unique opportunity, and we have had immense fun too. We’re really looking forward to seeing the glider in action.”