The Large Model Airshow returned once again to the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre over the bank holiday weekend of 4-6 2013. Organised by the Large Model Association, the well attended event was mostly held under lovely blue skies and blessed with warm sunshine.

 

Around 75 high quality radio controlled models were either flying or on display for the crowds, with 100 years of aviation represented by an early Sopwith Tabloid, through to World War I fighters, 1930s Gee Bee racers, a large assortment of World War II classic fighters & bombers and on to current types such as the Aero L-39, A-10 Thunderbolt and Pilatus PC-21.

 

Largest model flying was David Johnson’s show stopping Avro Vulcan. Valued at £25,000 and taking three years to complete, the 1/5th scale model with its massive 20 foot wingspan could almost be described as a UAV, but is in fact Britain’s largest four jet radio controlled model aeroplane. Painted nuclear anti-flash white and highly detailed, the model represents the currently airworthy Vulcan XH558/G-VLCN earlier in her Royal Air Force service and is capable of speeds close to 150mph.

 

Please visit the Large Model Association’s website for more details of their events and activities.

 

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s Dakota performed a number of spirited passes on the Saturday, and other noteable visitors flying in over the weekend included G-AWJE, a colourful 1968 Tipsy Nipper and 1951 vintage Chipmunk T.10 G-BTWF/WK549. Also calling in was Yak-52 G-TYAK ‘Betsy’ and G-AYFC, a striking Rollason D.62B Condor.

 

L.A.H.C.s next major event is EK43. Taking place over the bank holiday of Saturday 25 May & Monday 27 May, the large living history event celebrates the Royal Air Force at RAF East Kirkby during the Second World War.