Blackheath Model Flying Club





  • 1936 - At Heath Row
    For the fourth year the Northern Heights Model Flying Club attracted a large number of models, modellists and spectators to Fairey's Heath Row Aerodrome, the occasion being the Gala Day on June 21. The meeting was a decided success, in respect of the number of clubs represented - most remarkably - the fine weather! Heavy raid did fall, but not until everyone had left the aerodrome.
       Though the Flying Scale Model Contest, for which Flight's Annual Challenge Trophy was awarded, attracted but a small entry, the quality of the models and their flying showed considerable improvement on previous contests. Any scale was permitted, but the wings had to be in the true scale position. The models were judged for workmanship and faithfulness to type, and the total duration of three hand launched flights were taken.
       The Trophy, with  a small replica, went to W.L. Henery, who scored 116.8 points with a Leopard Moth which we illustrate this month. The stately flying and excellent landings were much admired. S.R. Crow (Blackheath M.F.C.) provided a marked contrast with a beautiful little Mew Gull, which had a phenomenal speed and climb, and a high degree of stability. His score was 78.9. .............................................
       There were the usual popular duration contests, the three prizewinners in the "light" category being Mr. Hook (Blackheath M.F.C.), 204.83 sec.; A.H. Liggitt (T.M.A.C.), 130; and T.H. Ives (Hayes Club), 108.06. The "heavy" champions were W. Worden (T.M.A.C.), 126.5; E. Chasteneuf (Blackheath M.F.C.), 86.5; and L.A. Wood (unattached), 73.23. The Fairey Challenge Cup for the Inter-Club Team Contest again went to Blackheath Club, Crow and Chesteneuf totalling 353.5 sec........................
       A Concours d'Elegance in four categories resulted as follows.................
    Juniors, any type - (1) Mr. Mackenzie (Blackheath); (2) Mr. Montgomery (Blackheath), both free-lance lightweights.
    ['Flight' magazine - pg.41, 2nd Jul 1936]
  • 1936 - Other Events
    This year the S.M.A. gliding contest was held on the grounds of the affiliated clubs, the models having to be catapulted. Mr. T.H. Ives (Hayes and D.M.A.C.) again won the contest by averaging 60 sec. on three glides. Mr. W.H. Hughes (Windsor M.A.C., Manchester) averaged 43.07, and Mr. R.F. Hook (Blackheath M.F.C.) 30.93.
    ['Flight' magazine - pg.170, 6th Aug 1936]

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