Archive for July, 2009
Speed Results [download id="32"] and Speed Leagues [download id="33"]
F2B results [download id="34"] and F2B League [download id="35"]
F2D results [download id="36"]
Please note that F2C was cancelled at the venue because of high winds.
Leonard Anthony Clark 1929 – 2009
It is with great sadness that we have to report on the untimely passing, on the 25th June 2009, of one of the senior members of Don Valley Model Flying Club.
Tony, as he was known to all of us here, was a Doncaster-born man and a well-respected full-size aviation pilot and enthusiast. His knowledge on aircraft matters was second to none and he was often sought out by his fellow flyers and colleagues should they have an aviation-related query.
His ultimate achievement, we suspect, would be that in his early years he rebuilt and flew the BA Swallow G-AEVZ which, we understand, he literally wheeled out of his back garden onto what then was Doncaster Aerodrome. Tony’s attention to detail was so important to him that this aeroplane passed its CAA test first time.
Like most aviators, he eventually took up modelling and again was always pushing the boundaries and experimenting with various types of models. Scale models were his particular favourite, Miles and De Havilland aircraft having a special place for him. His non-scale passion was for Auto-Gyros and over the years we have seen several types emerge, some more successful than others, but Tony would persevere until he got it right.
Again, like all modellers, he would not pass up an opportunity to use what materials were to hand and two models in particular spring to mind. On the first one he used the old 78rpm records as the wing (published in this magazine several years ago under the caption ‘Is this a record?’) and the second one, bringing the theme right up to date, was using the free CDs of a well known Sunday newspaper to construct a bi-plane. Both flew very well, as we would expect.
He will be sadly missed by all his fellow aviators.
Our Sympathy and sincere condolences go to his wife Pam, his family and friends.
Collin Harrop – Don Valley Model Flying Club