Join us in celebrating aerospace and aviation at Cranfield

Aviation has been a part of Cranfield from its earliest days when it was founded as the College of Aeronautics on a former RAF base in 1946. We are proud heirs to that history of being at the forefront of aviation and aerospace research and education, and we are continuing that tradition by developing new capabilities in aircraft electrification, unmanned aerial vehicle technology, and urban mobility.

Cranfield is the only university in Europe to have its own airport, pilots, air navigation service provider, and its own aircraft. However, it is the combination of teaching and research, close working relationships with industry partners, and the virtually unique National Flying Laboratory Centre (NFLC) Flying Classroom that underpins the outstanding education and student experience that we offer and is key to our vision of the future.

Alongside this, we’ve also had tangible recognition of our success after the University was awarded its sixth Queen’s Anniversary Prize - the highest award in the UK for higher education institutions - for the work the NFLC has done to support the nation’s aero-engineering students. This award is a fitting tribute to the work of Cranfield in ensuring that the UK aerospace industry is one that is envied across the world.

We were delighted to host Cranfield's Aerospace and Aviation week. At a time when there is so much uncertainty, the week will enable us to reflect and learn lessons from our past, look to the future of the aerospace and aviation industries, and celebrate the achievements of our alumni.

If you missed any of the events, which include celebrating our inaugural Aerospace and Aviation Alumni Awards and hearing insightful presentations from our prominent faculty, then you can watch them by clicking on the links below.