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Barkston Heath hosts model plane flying nationals

The British Model Flying Association (BMFA) will once again be holding its annual National Championships and Model Aircraft Airshow at Royal Air Force Barkston Heath, near Grantham, this August Bank Holiday weekend, August 24-26.

Model flying is the UK’s most popular air sport and the BMFA has 34,000 members and more than 830 clubs throughout the UK.

The event is the largest of its kind in Europe (with around 400 competitors) and it offers an interesting and fun day out for the whole family.

Model plane flying championships. (15416878)
Model plane flying championships. (15416878)

The main days for spectators are Saturday and Sunday.

The whole cross-section of model aircraft are displayed by highly skilled pilots, many of whom are world class. Aircraft flown at the event include large jets, military fighters and bombers from both world wars, together with civil light aircraft.

In addition, the thrills and spills of air racing, both radio control and control line are demonstrated, as are precision aeroplane and helicopter aerobatics.

The event enjoys full trade support with more than 50 stalls selling a range of aeromodelling items, along with a selection of craft stalls.

There will also be an extensive modellers’ swapmeet on Sunday morning for those wanting to grab a bargain.

There will be a range of refreshment and bar facilities on site, serving from early morning until late into the evening and camping facilities (including hot showers) are also available.

Day gate entrance is £10 for adults and free for under-18s.

For further details, contact the BMFA office on 0116 2440028 or visit www.bmfa.org or www.bmfa-nats.org

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