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Skies buzz at model aircraft show

British Model Flying Association National Championships at RAF Barkston Heath.
L-R Nick Ford of Gloucester and Mark Greenwood of Cardiff, winner of the British Goodyear control line racing.

British Model Flying Association National Championships at RAF Barkston Heath. L-R Nick Ford of Gloucester and Mark Greenwood of Cardiff, winner of the British Goodyear control line racing.

THE British Model Flying Association once again held its annual national championships and model aircraft airshow at RAF Barkston Heath, over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

It was a weekend of mixed weather conditions for the flyers but they were not put off, with enthusiasts coming from all over the country to the largest event of its kind in Europe. It attracted around 400 competitors, as well as being a fun day out for all the family.

The whole cross section of model aircraft were displayed by highly skilled pilots, many world class, controlling large jets, military fighters and bombers from both world wars, together with civil light aircraft. The thrills and spills of air racing, both radio control and control line, were demonstrated, as were precision aeroplane and helicopter aerobatics.

There was a large number of trade stands and craft stalls, a modellers’ swapmeet to grab a bargain and a supervised model building and flying workshop for children.

 

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