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Sunday, 22 February 2009 20:27

 NLMFC on tour - BMFA Northern Area Fly-in 22nd February 2009


A few of our members, well the ones who didn't have to work or recuperate from a stint underwater in Norway, ventured off again to the BMFA Northern Area Fly-in at dishforth on the 22nd February 2009. The weather forecast was windy but fine but hey after the atrocious weather so far this year a glimmer of hope was all the plethora of folk needed to turn out....




The wind didn't deter the maiden flight of my RC Lander Rafale, available from that electric jet 'jockey' Scott at BRC Hobbies. The Rafale is powered by twin Lander metal EDF's that purr like a turbine, the maiden flight went well. Our favourite test pilot Steve 'Chuck Yeager' Stringer did the honours, and as he reported, what an honour it was a real rush .........

Although the forecast was poor the hardy BMFA Northerners turned out in force, it was nice to put names to faces from the forums, Big A as he's known on www.rcmf.co.uk (in the camo trousers) was taking it all in although I had to leave before he flew. It was also really good to see David Tappin who had a very close call over Christmas, Dave was his usual chirpy self looking forward to the forthcoming LMA shows.

Ewan Galloway wowed us with his Donuts models GEE BEE R3 racer powered by a 91 four stroke, we pondered the likely performance due to the lack of fin but she performed great and was doing great knife edge on her second flight. Ewan reckoned she wasn't quick enough and was dropping in an electric motor soon.

A very sprightly John Carby Hall turned up with his classic Morgan positively leaping out to push her back into the parking slot. We all wondered what could possibly be under the cover and we not disappointed to find his swoop neatly tucked away, despite the wind and loosing a fin the swoop was still able to put in a few flights.....

Dave Muir flew his e-flite 46 powered hangar 9 pawnee to good effect, by now the wind had got up to 25mph+ but that still didn't deter us from coming out of what seems eternal hibernation ....

Paul 'Crashmore' (just kidding) was struggling to fill his ZDZ80 powered Hell Cat, I reckon it was divine intervention looking at the amount of lead in the nose, there's a church roof leaking somewhere ! Despite engine trouble Paul flew his reliable EDF Twister and let the LMA contingent ponder the problem...

It was a day for maiden flights, Brian Rawcliffe flew his 102" 'weekender' Saito 36 four stroke petrol powered DHC Chipmunk superbly, Brian built her from the Mike Smart Plan over the winter, she was stunning.......

Almost birthday boy Ashley battled with engine trouble for most of the morning but lady luck shone down and his Saito 36 petrol four stroke powered Giant U can Do took to the afternoon air, like most modeller Ashley couldn't remember the last time he flew !

Although I had to leave early I couldn't go without taking a shot of Neil Bartholomew's Aerotech B17 as it emerged from his car. The B17 is powered by 4 Irvine 40's and has had 5 flights to date, hopefully Neil will be at future fly-ins so I can get some video ..

All is all it was another superb fly-in ... roll on 4 weeks time !

If you attended the day or found this interesting please leave a comment below it takes ages to do this !