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Spring Model Flying Weekend

14th May 2000 The Shuttleworth Collection

Today, Sunday May 14th 2000 dawned with patchy fog but soon cleared to a beautiful day. Gary Church and myself loaded up two cars with various models and set forth for Old Walden, Bedfordshire for a fun day model flying.

Once at the airfield we paid our dues, parked the cars and unloaded the models. After we had set up we handed in our transmitters and booked our first slot which was at 10.24 am. With these jobs out of the way we went off for a good look around. There were some very good and well stocked Trade Stands and it was very difficult not to spend to much money but what we both really needed was fuel. With this purchased we returned to the flight line to get ready.

Transmitters and pegs at the ready but the Pilatus was having problems with her elevators so a quick change of model to the Grunua Baby. Line attached and away we went. Gary towed her into some lovely air and I released and off I went. Next thing it's time for landing so I threw in a loop and a stall turn before lining up to land. Always feels good to get the first flight under our belts. Time to book more slots and another chance for a look round.

Found some very interesting home-built engines. There were V8, V12, Radial and Rotary some of which were running. They were beauties and not only did they look good but sounded good. One was just begging to be put on a scale Boeing Stearman Biplane, it even smelt right.

Back to the flight line for a display by Ali of Al's Models with his scale Spitfire V, powered by a King 60 petrol (I believe) and then a later display with a Turbine powered F15 Eagle which was great to watch.

Ken Bone from the London Club put on a good display with his Corsair F4U also petrol powered.

Mid afternoon myself, Don Harvey and Gary Church flew in formation with Don flying his DH60 Moth, Gary with his Cub and me towing the Witham Model Aircraft Club banner with my Super Cub.

We finished the day by towing the 1/5 scale Slingsby T21 with Gary at the controls and me acting as tug pilot flying the Cub.

What a great day flying. Brilliant weather, super sight and good company.

Aveling Road RollerAlso, nice to see other models on display with some very proud constructors. In this case a most beautiful Aveling Road Roller.

Next model flying event at Old Walden is on 10th/11th June - Traplet Model Weekend. Hope to see you there.

Dave Taylor