Northern Area Fly-in 22-23 July 2017
A small team of club members from Pandas, Huddersfield, Keighley & Dewsbury organised this first event. The field was set out on the previous Friday, ready for an early start Saturday. Saturday dawned with torrential rain, makeshift rain attire was quickly made from two bin liners & a plastic carrier bag (see photo right).
Because Friday evening was a horse race event, we could not admit modellers in the park until 10 am, with flying starting at 12 noon. In the afternoon, the weather changed into glorious sunshine, & stayed that way until close of play at 5 pm. Sunday was another fine day up to 4.30, when the rain returned.
Sky view photo taken by Jim Brown showing crowd barrier, pits & neatly parked cars. Despite the poor weather forecast for the weekend, we had 26 flyers booked in on Saturday, & 33 on Sunday, with as many again spectators from various clubs. They were so impressed, we had three of them join our club.
left – The canteen, where you could get tea/coffee & pop, served throughout the weekend by Pauline & Joy. right – The chefs – Mat, Ivan & Charlie would cook you burgers or hot dogs. Donations were taken for these services in aid of ‘Air Ambulance & Alzheimers Society’ raising £285.
View along pits (left).
right– ‘Foxjet’, a turbine model by Denis Cleobury of Pandas
left – Delta powered by a very old turbine
right – Jet’Cutlass’ by Chris Seaman & sport jet by Denis Cleobury
The following photos courtesy of Mick Emmett.
left – Large scale ‘Little Toot’, built by John Braithwaite.
right – ‘Spitfire’ by Lech Hawrot
left – Martin watches as Chris carries Denis’s jet back to the pits.
right – Sheila carries her model out to the flight line, ready for a competition.
left – M. Hargreaves of the Barnsley club, relaxes after just passing his ‘A’ test with his ‘Chipmunk’
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