GliderFX were invited to the Wrekin Model show at Weston Park, with its picturesque seventeenth century house set in 1000 acres of Capability Brown parkland, just north of Cosford. The park is home to the Midland game fair, the V-music festival and the Model show, now in its 20th year.
A short sloping runway is prepared between the trees that enabled the team to operate from the site. The strong winds forecast for the Fathers Day weekend reduced the fly-in aircraft, but fortunately the expected rain was limited to a few showers.
Ian Gallacher started the display by towing “WELCOME TO WESTON PARK AIRSHOW 2011”. He worked with Commentator Dave Bishop to talk through the banner tow. Ian then swapped to the Fox glider, towed by Paul Moslin for the glider display, followed by Richard Grace’s Pitts Pair.
The model show is one of the biggest in the country and attracts some top model pilots. Some of the most impressive models included the carbon Opus glider, capable of incredible square cornered loops and tumbles. Also flying was an Me262 model, that looked and sounded like a real vintage jet.
Ali Machinchy had his enormous half scale (7m wingspan) Paritech Fox fitted with JetCat turbine and achieved a UK first with Guy Westgate by displaying some coordinated manoeuvres with the full sized glider during the display on Sunday.
Thanks as always to Steve Bishop and his team for the invitation, and Paul Moslin for rescuing the weekend by flying the Pawnee at late notice. Also the RAFGSA at Cosford for the help with logistics including Paul Holdnall who helped fix the Fox’s smoke wiring gremlin.