YOUNGSTERS are on cloud nine after their latest school project.

Three Rolls-Royce engineers visited Kildwick Primary and spoke to year-six pupils about the manufacture of aeroplanes, and in particular fan blades.

Facts learned by the children included that in order to test the blades, dead birds are fired into the rotating mechanism.

The following week, the pupils were given a three-hour tour of the company's Barnoldswick factory and saw the blade manufacturing process in action.

The initiative was aimed at inspiring the next generation of engineers.

Headteacher, Tim Whitehead, said: "This was an amazing opportunity for our students and one which will hopefully allow them to think about engineering as a future career."