It is with great sadness that we inform you of the death of Graham Lynn MBE FSMAE on the morning of 12th April.
The contribution that Graham made to the model flying movement over many years was remarkable. Having had a long career in the RAF (rising to the rank of Wing Commander) and serving as RAFMAA Chairman, he took up employment with the BMFA in 1994 within months of his retirement from the RAF, initially as General Secretary and then as Chief Executive. Amongst his many significant achievements, he was instrumental in securing additional frequencies within the 35MHz band and for negotiating the changes in legislation required to permit the use of the 2.4GHz frequency band for model flyers.
Graham retired from the BMFA in 2005, but continued with a number of voluntary roles. Graham was until recently the Chairman of the UKRCC, the Aeromodelling Adviser to Europe Air Sports and the BMFA’s representative to NATMAC and the Sport & Recreation Alliance. He was also our Company Secretary.
In addition to his interest in model flying (he was a long standing member of Ramsey Model Aero Club), Graham was also a keen micro-light pilot with his own weight-shift aircraft based at RAF Wyton.
Graham was awarded Honorary Membership in 2005 and then a Fellowship in 2008 in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the work of the BMFA.
Graham had suffered with several health issues over the last couple of years and was undergoing treatment for cancer. However, his condition appeared to be under control and his sudden death has come as a huge shock for his family and friends.
Our condolences and sympathy are with his wife Doreen and daughter Catherine who were both present when Graham passed away.