• Short Summary

    A AERODROME, NEAR SYDNEY, AN AIRFORCE IN MINIATURE MASSED FOR THE COMMONWEALTH MODEL AEROPLANE CHAMPIONSHIPS.?

  • Description

    A AERODROME, NEAR SYDNEY, AN AIRFORCE IN MINIATURE MASSED FOR THE COMMONWEALTH MODEL AEROPLANE CHAMPIONSHIPS. IT WAS ONE OF THE BIGGEST EVENTS OF ITS KIND IN AUSTRALIA AND MORE THAN TWO-HUNDRED AND THIRTY PLANES TOOK PART IN THE COMPETITIONS.

    ABOUT 500 ENTHUSIASTS CAMPED AT THE AERODROME DURING THE WEEK THE CHAMPIONSHIPS LASTED. THE EVENTS WERE SPONSORED BY THE MODEL AERONAUTICAL ASSOCIATION OF AUSTRALIA.

    THERE WERE TROPHIES FOR PLANES CONTROLLED BY WIRES FROM AN OPERATOR ON THE FOREGROUND; FOR RADIO-CONTROLLED AND FREE FLIGHT MODELS; AND FOR SOPHISTICATED MODELS WERE THOSE CONTROLLED BY RADIO, SUCH AS THIS ONE.

    THE MODEL AIRCRAFT CAN FLY AT IMPRESSIVE SPEEDS. ONE PLANE HIT ONE-HUNDRED AND FOURTEEN MILES AN HOUR DURING THE CHAMPIONSHIPS. IT SET AS AUSTRALIAN RECORD FOR CONTROLLED LINE FLYING. RADIO CONTROLLED MODEL PLANES CAN BE MADE TO EXECUTE ALMOST ANY MANOEUVRE PERFORMED BY REAL PLANES. MOST OF THE PLANES ARE MADE OF BALSA WOOD. THEY'RE COVERED WITH SILK, NYLON, OR FINE TISSUE MATERIAL. SOME ARE NOW BEING MADE FROM FIBRE GLASS.

    THE MODELS CAN TAKE UP TO 500-HOURS TO MAKE AND COST AS MUCH AS FIFTEEN POUNDS... CONSEQUENTLY IT'S A TENSE MOMENT WHEN BRINGING A PLANE IN TO LAND.

    AEROBATICS ARE EASY FOR THE MODELS, AND APPEAL TO THE SPECTATORS. THE PLANE PERFORMING NCW IS CONTROLLED BY WIRES FROM THE GROUND. NOT EVERY AIRCRAFT GETS OFF THE GROUND. A CRASH LIKE THIS ONE MEANS A BEG REPAIR JOB.

    IT'S ENOUGH TO MAKE A MAN WEEP. LESS NOISY, BUT NO LESS INTERESTING, ARE THE RUBBER DRIVEN MODEL PLANES. SOME NOVEL DEVICES HAVE BEEN DEVELOPED TO WIND UP THE STRONG RUBBER BAND INSIDE THE FUSELAGE.

    UP AND AWAY... THE GRACE OF A BIRD AT THE COMMONWEALTH MODEL AIRCRAFT CHAMPIONSHIPS NEAR SYDNEY. ORGANISERS SAID THE EVENTS THIS YEAR WERE AMONG THE MOST KEENLY CONTESTED EVER HELD IN AUSTRALIA.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA7MC0GHKCIJRSI0RKTTXS4T77J
    Media URN:
    VLVA7MC0GHKCIJRSI0RKTTXS4T77J
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/01/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:03:34:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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