RAF technicians gathered at the Yorkshire Air Museum, at Elvington, near York, to take part in a three-day training placement.

The technicians were put to work on various projects including the restoration of a historic Second World War aircraft.

A total of 11 aircraft technicians from the Depth Support Squadron based at RAF Coningsby worked on the Douglas C47/DC3 Dakota, which was recently brought back in to engine-running condition.

The final restoration work will involve making the aircraft able to taxi.

Grant Sparks, a former RAF electrical chief technician and the museum’s operations co-ordinator, said: “It was a 'hands-on' placement, with no computer-aided fault diagnosis, which I am sure the team will enjoy as part of a trip back into the history of RAF maintenance.”

The team also worked on one of the museum’s live ground operational jets, the Blackburn Buccaneer XN974, and planned what work needs to be carried out on the Fairey Gannet aircraft.