Intern proves herself to be a high flyer as she helps restore historic aircraft

Katleen Verhoeven is on a work placement at the Yorkshire Air Museum at Elvington near York
Katleen Verhoeven is on a work placement at the Yorkshire Air Museum at Elvington near York
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EVER since the age of seven Katleen Verhoeven has held a fascination with aviation.

Now the 22-year-old Belgian has been given the opportunity to work on some of the UK’s most historic aircraft thanks to an internship at the Yorkshire Air Museum.

Ms Verhoeven was intrigued by the history of the former WWII Bomber Command Station, but what really appealed was the ‘hands on’ approach and the chance to work with amongst the many ongoing restoration and maintenance projects taking place there.

Amongst the projects she is working includes work on the airframe of the 1945 Douglas C47 / DC3 Dakota and engine maintenance on the 1947 De Havilland Devon VIP Transport.

Ian Reed, Museum Director, said: “It has to be said that Katleen has already fitted in very well with our Aircraft Engineering volunteers and is finding her way around the site and workshops and proving to be an asset to the team.

“We are very pleased to have been able to offer her this invaluable learning experience, both from a practical and historical perspective, and help her reach for the stars.”

Ms Verhoeven is particpating in seven week internship as part of her Aerospace Engineering coursework.