Longhorsley 2003

This is the LMA’s most northerly event. This event has been running for many years although it has recently been absent from the show circuit whilst the Northumbria club moved to a new site. The report below is adapted from an article written by Tony Hooper for the LMA Journal number 96. The photographs were provided by Keith Mitchell.

The new site was worth waiting for, it is an excellent site for large model flying. It was beautifully mown and rolled and had a prestigious new club hut that would be the envy of any club in the country. From the start it was obvious that the Northumbria group had make a fantastic effort to make this a special weekend for the participants. It is great to have the event back on the LMA calendar.

On Saturday there is no public in attendance and many took advantage of a relaxing day’s flying. There was also the opportunity for members to take the proficiency scheme test and it was pleasing that three members passed with flying colours.

On Saturday evening was very sociable and the clubhouse was officially opened by Dave Boddington. A celebratory glass of wine and fine barbecue completed a great day.

The show on Sunday was opened at 11am by John Townsend, the Northumbria club Chairman, with his Miles Magister. The show continued well throughout the day, with a few short breaks due to showers. Commentary was provided by Brian Spoor and Dave Boddington. It was tragic to see Ian Turney-White’s new Bristol Bulldog lose power during the climb to a stall turn and with insufficient height, hit the ground. A lot of damage was done, but the model is repairable and we all hope to see it flying again soon.

One of the best flying slots was by Steve Holland with his 50% scale Zlin. Steve was able to put on a wonderful smooth, slow, majestic routine.

Monday’s show was another success and well attended by the public. The show was closed by a mass fly-past of multi-engined bombers; a very fine sight.
The photographs below show some of the great models present and the acres of room the flyers at the new site enjoy.


A great, well attended, show with a large variety of aircraft.


John Townsend’s Miles Magister on final approach.


Stephen Carr’s B17 touches down.


Ian Turney-White’s fabulous new model, the Bristol Bulldog.


Phil Robertshaw’s Heinkel 111 being retrieved after another successful flight.


Dough Rigby’s Hyperbipe.


John Benham helps John Deacon’s Liberator.


Richard Rawle’s Spitfire and Dave Arkwright’s 20% scale Thunderbolt.


Steve Holland prepares for another flight with his Zlin Akrobat.

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