Rufforth 2002

This was the first year Rufforth has joined the official list of the LMA’s main shows. This has always been one of the major model shows in the UK and heavily supported by LMA members so it is great that we have combined forces. The show was over the three days of the August bank holiday.

All LMA members will want to thank Dave Tappin, Terry Lee and their teams for arranging another highly successful and well organised show. Worthy of special mention is the transmitter control tent team who did a great job. They, quite correctly, insisted in seeing all appropriate certification for the over 20Kg aircraft. The start-up box and flightline were also managed very professionally.

The usual large range of aircraft were present. For example, Ian Turney-White had his Tabloid and Nieuport. John Greenfield had his Horton and Wellington. These models have all been featured on other pages in this site. One the great aircraft new at an LMA show was the Hadley Page Hanibal. Unfortunately it was only in attendance on Saturday. It is a great model and we hope to see it at more events next year.

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The USAAF turned up in force and had the largest number of models on display. John Deacon’s liberator was subjected overnight to some light hearted modification to its paint scheme and ‘converted’ into a target aircraft.


John Townsend’s Magister was again on show and performed well over the weekend.

Throughout the weekend the WWI team flew well, in memory of their late leader, Pete Brotherton. It was very heart warming to see them all standing behind their models respecting one minutes silence in honour of Pete. All spectators joined in as well.

The following awards were presented at the end of the show based on a static inspection and flying performance:

Edwardian era Roy Salter Eastbourne monoplane
WWI Tony Hooper Avro 504K
Between the wars John Townsend Miles Magister
WWII John Greenfield Hawker Typhoon
Post WWII Chris Gale Piper Cub
Best weekend flight Ian Turney-white Nieuport 28
Best display slot John Greenfield
Andy Johnson
Dave Johnson
B17 Flying Fortress
Model of the show Gordon Nichols Hadley Page Victor

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