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Society of Model Aircraft Engineers
National Competitions – May 1947
The competitions on the first day were the Pilcher
Cup, the Woman’s Challenge Cup, & the M.E. no.2.
Woman’s Cup :-
After 2 flights, Margaret Galbreath of the
Blackheath Model Flying Club, had an aggregate
of about 200 secs which put her in the lead, flying her ‘Russian
Rabbit’. She retained the lead until the very end of the day, when
Mrs. Buckeridge turned up & did a second flight of 2½ mins, which
made her first.
Margaret Galbreath also went in for the M.E. 2
with her Russian Rabbit, but the prop & wing tip launch in the
strong breeze was too much for her, & she crashed on the second
attempt & chewed up the front of the fuselage. So she was out of
The organisation was very good. There was an
audible loud speaker system, which is a help, & ten take off points
in a row, with two time keepers at each. Each competition had a number,
& when it was called he went to one of the take off points &
made a flight. They were very strict on the rules, & everything ran
very smoothly & quickly.
When the comps had finished for that day many went went back
home, but others stayed behind. Quite a number of other people were
camping including Howard Boys. They watched some rocket planes, &
talked to him a bit. He has two tiny little flying wings, which go very
well, & a rather large one. The large one he was flying after dark,
& it was most spectacular, with streams of red sparks gushing out
behind it. Some people there were not so early to bed. Some were sitting
round camp fires, & some were even flying diesels in the dark up
till nearly midnight. They started flying again at about 5.30 next
The competitions on the 2nd day were the
Thurston Cup, the Sir John Shelley, & the Weston.
Ron Galbreath had a model fitted with a lightweight camera he constructed. The following photo was taken from it.
As told by Margaret Galbreath.