Date: June 21st, 2016

TWO FRENCH aeronautical engineering undergraduates have become the first ever Interns at the de Havilland Aircraft Museum at Salisbury Hall, London Colney.

They joined the museum, the country’s oldest and only one dedicated to a single aircraft manufacturer, last week. (WEEK BEGINNING JUNE 20TH)

With three years of their five-year degree course behind them, the Laval University, Paris, pair Quentin Andres and Gregory Nicol, both 20, are enthusiastic about working with the volunteers restoring and preserving some of Britain’s most iconic aircraft spanning more than six decades.

“We chose the de Havilland Aircraft Museum because it means we will be working alongside these very special aeroplanes and restoration teams,” said Quentin.

Gregory, a qualified glider pilot, added: “The experience will be very good and we will get really up close to these planes and the restoration work. It would be wonderful to actually work on these aircraft.”

Their fluent English will enable them to take on a variety of tasks at the Museum until they have to return to their university, including airframe restoration and acting as official Stewards and interacting with some of the many visitors to the museum, helping them to learn about the various de Havilland aircraft on display.

Museum marketing director Mike Nevin said accepting Interns was a major new step for the museum.

“The Museum welcomes our first Volunteer interns from France and appreciates their help and support during our busy school summer holiday period when we will be open 6 days each week,” he said.

One of the highlights the Interns will see during the summer will be the Roll-Out from its hangar of the first prototype de Havilland DH98 Mosquito W4050 twin-engine high-speed fighter-bomber of the Second World War, one of three at the museum. This will happen on Sunday July 3rd and on the first Sunday of each month up to October-dependant on the weather.

More details can be found on the museum website

About the de Havilland Aircraft Museum

The museum is operated by the de Havilland Aircraft Heritage Centre, which is a registered charity. It is run entirely by unpaid volunteers. It was founded in 1958 by Mr Walter Goldsmith, the then owner of Salisbury Hall, and the Prototype Mosquito was its first aircraft. It now has more than 20 exhibits spanning some 70 years of the de Havilland Aircraft Company, and with three has more Mosquitos than any other aviation museum in the world. Details can be found at

For more information contact:

Peter Jeffery, Public Relations Manager, 0775 987 9966