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On the 03 May cadets and staff at 121 Squadron took part in a competition to see who could design and build the best self-propelled vehicle. In an attempt to protect the environment the rules of the competition required that the designs should use renewable energy propulsion systems. Basically batteries and fossil fuels were out elastic bands, air pressure and other stored energy devises were in.

In the face of very demanding task teams of cadets set of the build their creations. Not wanting to be left out some members of staff also invented and built their own machines which were shrouded in secrecy until the last moment in fear that someone would, how can we put it, borrow their ideas.

One by one the teams brought their creations up to the starting line to compete in the various categories of competition. Some of them literally failed to move whilst others shot off or crawled off on their way down the course to see which would go the fastest and furthest. For some strange reason some of the vehicles appeared to take a dislike to the spectators as they inexplicably change direction and tried chase them down. One of the designs was nicknamed the boomerang after its elastic band propulsion system insisted on returning the vehicle back to the starting line after every run.

More self-propelled vehicle Design Project images

Cadets pump up their compressed air powered creation ready for its competition run  -  Click to enlarge Prize winners line up – L to R – Joseph Hincks (longest distance), Flt Lt Crewe (best looking vehicle), Sgt Brown (fastest).    -  Click to enlarge
 

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