Mathematics maestro Carol Vorderman will be testing her engineering skills at the Airbus factory in a brand new programme for BBC One Wales to be aired on Sunday (June 14).
In Carol Vorderman: The Flying Engineer viewers will also get an exclusive peek into the cockpit of her own aeroplane as the recently-qualified pilot flies over her home town of Prestatyn and into the wing-making plant in Broughton.
In the programme Carol meets some of the 6,000-strong workforce at Broughton working on the wings for the latest aeroplanes including the Airbus A350.
The Pride of Britain presenter, who made her name on the quiz show Countdown, said: “What they’re doing at Broughton with the composite wings is amazing, And then when you see the factory as well, which has a whole new way of producing things, it’s fantastic.”
During the programme Carol looks into the science of flight and follows a new A350 wing as it makes its journey through production. The plant builds one pair of the new wings per month, and is in the process of ramping up production to five pairs per month by the end of the year.
Carol also takes a look at the history of the Broughton plant, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary, and meets one of the women who helped build Wellington bombers there during the Second World War.
“One of the best things of all is that I get to be one of the very first passengers on board the prototype A350,” said Carol. “The people in Broughton have been great, and I’m not just saying this. There are a lot of characters here, and everybody’s very proud of working here - you can tell that. It’s an intelligent place for people to work - and that’s great to see. To produce something that’s globally successful, you have to have that. I like that attitude, I like that ambition.”
Carol moved to Prestatyn as a baby and the family later moved to Denbigh. She went to school in Rhyl and always wanted to be a pilot.
She said: “In my day at school I didn’t know anyone who had been on an aeroplane let alone a pilot, but I wanted to do engineering and become a pilot, and when I went to Cambridge for an interview it was what we talked about.
“I was accepted and after starting at university I went along to the university air squadron where I could have learned to fly for free, but they said I couldn’t because I was a girl.
“Then of course family came along and it’s difficult to find the time, but now I’ve finally got my licence.”
Carol Vorderman: The Flying Engineer, BBC One Wales, Sunday June 14, 5.35pm.