May 28, 2019

There is recorded knowledge of Model Flying in Northwick Park since the mid-1950s, and well before  that full-size primary gliders were flown there too (see “Horizons: The history of the Air Cadets by HR Kidd)[i].

In the fifties, flying was largely based around control-line models, and you can read about it in Peter Scott’s reminiscences in the link provided below. Peter and George Copeman were early members of the Model Flying club and pictures of them at the Nationals appear in the Aero Modeller magazine of September 1960 (see Fig 1 below). Club meetings were at the nearby Byron Court Primary School. Peter was also attracted to gliders and when a very young Sean Bannister appeared at the field one day, it was Peter who introduced him to the sport. Sean was incredibly inventive and competitive and went on to design his own gliders, and subsequently became world champion in RC gliding with his beautiful Algebra, which is still available as an RCME plan (see fig 2). He has had innumerabl...

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