6th April 1999



Engineering student Richard Gresham chatted to royalty when HRH The Duke of York visited a project to build a working two-seater aeroplane in Hull on Thursday (1st April 1999).


Prince Andrew, who flew helicopters for the Royal Navy, took a particular interest in the aeroplane when he visited Orchard Park and North Hull Enterprises, where students from the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside are putting the finishing touches to two and a half years of work.


Richard, of Linden Way, Boston, was working on the kit plane during his Easter holidays when the Prince dropped in to cast his eye over the work.


Students following the BEng Engineering (Airframe) course at the university’s Cottingham Road campus have been working on the plane since December 1996 and are nearly ready to send the craft off for a paint job and engine fit.


The final fitting of the engine and the paint job will be carried out by Europa Aviation Ltd of Kirkbymoorside who originally supplied the kit plane to the university. Once the project is completed each student will get the chance to take a test flight in The Europa at Humberside Airport.


Our photograph shows Richard (second right) with fellow student Morafe Matthews (right), university lecturer John Sellars (second left) and the Duke of York in Hull. Please credit photography to Sean Spencer. Return of the photograph would be appreciated.


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