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WimborneMAC’s annual EDF & Jet day took place on Sunday 2nd October. It promised to be an excellent day with fine weather and light winds. I arrived at 0820 hrs to put up the safety fence, I had already mown the airstrip in advance on the previous Wednesday. David Tappin, event director arrived a few minutes later and got tables and equipment ready.

By 9 am members were starting to arrive and getting set up with their models. Those without any form of jet would also get some flying time in although jets and EDF’s get priority. Surprisingly for the the first time ever I can recall, the turbines five of which flew many times plus 3 others which only didn't feature in the following competition results because they didn't fly, outnumbered the EDFs

We had spectacular flights from some scale jets, the Panther F9F, a Hawker Hunter and various sports jets. There was also a small static display of another Hunter and a couple of Venoms, one turbine powered the other a smaller EDF model but, unfortunately for their owners, those models did not qualify for awards which only went to pilots and the models they flew. An added pleasure came in the form of the attendance of two very enthusiastic new members Lee Searles and Ernie Keene.

Success in organising this type of event depends not only on those who turn up to enjoy the flying but also on the support of those working hard in the background, in this case the heroes were Phil Coupe for BBQ duties, Colin Arnold who, in spite of serious back pain, kept records of the flights and managed the contest documentation, and Stuart McKechnie for fail-safe scrutineering.

The day was rounded up with the prize giving consisting of a word of thanks from David T to all who had taken part followed by the award of a bottle shaped trophy for each of the Pilots Choice classes plus the annual Dave Bright Trophy for the best model overall.

Best Flight, Turbine - John Irelands Hawker Hunter (flown by Jon Tappin)
Best Fight EDF Dave Rogers' F86 (flown jointly by its owner and Dave Bright)
Best Pilot - Jon Tappin
Best Model Overall - John Ireland’s Hawker Hunter so John took home the coveted Dave Bright Trophy as well.

The next event is scheduled for October 8th 2017, roll on.

by Phil Ford / David Tappin