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Brian Martin

North east flyer and Contest Secretary, Brian Martin, has died. Brian flew power models in all forms from the 50s to the late 70s, before switching to rubber, going on to feature in the British F1B team on several occasions. Brian didn't miss a single free flight contest season in over 50 years, before stepping down from competition in 2012. A small family funeral was held this week. Brian sadly suffered with Alzheimer's and Dementia in his final years. If you'd like to donate towards Alzheimer...
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Norman Butcher FSMAE 1928 - 2017

Norman Butcher FSMAE; 15.10.1928 – 13.08.2017   It is with great regret that I inform you of the passing of Norman Butcher FSMAE at the age of 89. A prolific and successful aeromodeller, Norman always had two ambitions, the first being to earn a living from the model trade and the second to achieve success in competition. He succeeded magnificently in both. Coming through the then traditional routes of glider and rubber power in the 1940s, he moved on to i.c. power, creating many of his own...
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BILL DRAPER 1934 - 2017

It is my sad duty to report the passing of a great model flyer,friend and club mate,  Bill Draper. Bills achievements in F2B were. legendary. With his own design Superhawk He won the gold trophy at The British Nationals 9 times.Was British Team member in F2B over 3 decades and became European champion in1989 For these achievements he was awarded,The certificate of the Royal Aero Club. He was a great supporter of CLAPA and in co-operation with John Hamilton of The Belfast Club formed...
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Trevor Plumbe

It is with great sadness that the Mansfield club announce the death of the one time secretary Trevor Plumbe age 69, Trevor had been a very keen aero modeller for many years, & was at home mainly with F3A Aerobatics, which he took a very active part in at club level & also as a active member on the flight line at many competitions in our country & abroad, being a scribe, plus other duties, but he was also available to give advice on many aspects of flying to anyone in our club, he was...
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Steve Warren

A much loved and respected quiet powerhouse of the Waltham Chase Aeromodellers and Southern Area BMFA died peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Saturday 1st April 2017. His early career as engineering officer in the boiler rooms full of asbestos on cargo vessels had ultimately taken its toll.   Steve was one of the founder members of the Waltham Chase Aeromodellers Club which was formed in 1975 rising to become its president after many stalwart years as secretary.   Although a novi...
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Allan Pointer

It is with sadness that we record the passing of Allan Pointer on the 28th March 2017. Allan was a long serving member, committee member and newsletter editor of Southampton Model Aeroplane Club. With his craft skills and knowledge, Allan's ability to design, build and fly model aircraft placed him at the apex of the hobby. He was always happy to share his expertise with other modellers, sometimes also building models for his fellow modellers. He will be sadly missed by those of us who were pa...
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Martyn Pressnell CEng, FRAeS 24/09/1936 - 08/01/2017

Martyn Pressnell Ceng, FRAeS 24/9/1936 – 8/1/2017 Born in Southend, Martyn was an aviation enthusiast since childhood, becoming an experienced designer of model aircraft at the age of eighteen for Contest Kits of Leigh-on Sea. His particular interest was free-flight rubber competition, an interest he pursued all his life. After a degree in aeronautical engineering from London University, he trained as an airframe structures engineer at Handley Page, working in the stress office on the Victor...
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Clive Weller

Clive passed away peacefully on 23rd December 2016 aged 74. He was a dedicated and respected Aerobatic Modeller, Flyer and Designer for more than 50 years. He was an active member of the BMFA, GBRCAA and many local model flying clubs. He leaves behind a wife Valerie and daughter Karen.
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Brian Hilliard 1938 - 29/12/2016

Brian was not a nationally known figure in the aero modelling world other than a couple of mentions in some modelling magazines but was a tremendous example of someone who refused to let enormous obstacles stop him from enjoying life to the full. Brian was severely injured in a motorcycle crash at the age of 19, losing his right leg and the total loss of use in his right arm through nerve damage. This made standing for any time both awkward and uncomfortable and he wasn't helped by his exception...
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