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Fly with a Spitfire

close up spitfire

As winner of the Fly with a Spitfire raffle I thought it only fair to recite the day’s events.  With the flying season coming to a close the only booking I could make was for Sunday 25th September at 11 am.  The booking was made with the Boultbee Flying Academy based at Goodwood Aerodrome, near Chichester, West Sussex.  Boultbee have on their inventory a Mk XI Spitfire, named City of Exeter.  They have another Spitfire, not sure what version but could be a TR9, this Spitfire can carry two pilots, ie; dual controls which they use to train pilots to fly Spitfires.  They have a Mustang too, although on this specific day it was not seen and other aircraft, a DH Chipmunk in original RAF training school livery for instance.

 

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EDF and Jet Day

Hunter

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

 

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Wessex AML Results 2016

600 res winner

Low-Cost 600RES Competition.  Sunday 18th September. The final round of the 2016 season was held in superb thermal gliding conditions at Cashmoor, the Wimborne MAC flying site. After the pilots’ briefing the event got under way with eleven pilots taking part. The event consisted of five rounds with pilots flying against each other once in the Round Robin format.


All pilots elected to have some test flights and when Round 1 got under way expectations were high. The landing patch at Cashmoor is enormous and only one pilot landed out all day and then by only a matter of a few feet. Andrew Fellows and Jeff fellows started as they meant to continue with convincing wins. However, Bob Corfield easily outflew James Parry, Mike Sims and Chris Hague only to miss the landing patch by a small margin and score a resounding zero! Apparently, Bob’s newly fitted and untried spoiler was very efficient, hence the landing falling short of the runway. Bob did not make the same mistake twice!

 

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Scale Day 2 of 2016

P47 SNAFU

Scale Day 2 was blessed with a bright sunny September Sunday after the washout of previous Saturday. Quite a reasonable turnout although more pilots were expected. Numbers may have been down due to holidays. We had members from Salisbury MFC and Wincanton too. Unfortunately, due to a lack of a tug after an issue on Slim Gregory Day we did not have any scale glider models arrive on site. However, a number of members just came to watch the flying and picnic including friendly banter. There were also a couple of visitors and families who seeing the road signs came up to watch too.

With quite a wide range of models flying there was eyecandy for everyone. From WW1 biplanes, British and German to WWII fighters, the venerable Spitfire and the P47 Jug (on it's maiden flight) to Korean and Cold War jets.

 

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