ENGINEERING enthusiasts at a school were treated to an army helicopter display to commemorate the formation of their new society, with thanks to a Middle Wallop-based vehicle.

Liphook-based Highfield and Brookham Schools’ head of science, Andrew Baker, recently set up the Darwin Club – a society to promote science and engineering amongst pupils.

Members were visited by Major Stuart Myers, a father of one of the students, who gave a talk on the principles of flight.

Major Myers arranged for an Army Air Corps Gazelle helicopter, from Middle Wallop’s Army Aviation Centre, to be on display.

Pupils had a chance to sit in the cockpit and learn about the controls and how they affect the flight of the helicopter.

Headmaster Phillip Evitt said: “Our thanks go to Major Myers and his colleagues who have no doubt inspired the budding aeronautical engineers and pilots of the future. It was a lovely way for the children to experience some hands-on science.”