The Ghost Squadron Aircraft Team was formed in 1980 to promote the public awareness of large scale model aircraft, and to demonstrate these models to both fellow modellers and the general public. Since 1980 the Ghost Squadron has varied in complement depending on the types of models being operated and the team has, at times had up to 8 members. Currently the team consists of two of the three original members and 4 others, profiles of the current tram pilots can be found below. Close associates are also invited to take part in some of the demonstrations and displays that the Ghost Squadron carry out.

The range of activities that the Ghost Squadron carries out has also diversified over the years to cover:

The organisation of flying shows from small village fetes to major international air shows.

Giving talks to aviation minded groups such as the A.T.C

Presentations to full size and model flying clubs.

Public demonstrations of model flying in the UK and other European countries.

Flying of models for film and TV.

The demonstration of model aircraft by the Ghost Squadron can take many forms, we always try to tailor the display to suit the occasion. This may involve flying very basic training models suitable for learning to fly, or at the other end of the scale, very large and spectacular models designed to impress the crowd’s at large international events.

Many different types of model aircraft are flown by the team, from all avenues of model flying, these include:

Small glow fuel engined aircraft

Large gliders ranging from modern all moulded types through to Vintage models

Large scale aircraft with petrol engines  Pulse jets

Gas turbine powered jets  Free flight aircraft Control line aircraft


Electric powered models

 The team members normally build all the models that the team operates individually but with other team members helping out with specific tasks as required. A key strength in the team is that individual team member skills are utilised to best effect in all projects. Many of the models built by the team are unique, in that they have been planned and designed and built by team members

We are possibly the longest continuously operating Model Aircraft Team in the world and still have some of the original founding members.  If anybody knows of a longer continuous operating model aircraft team please let us know


The team currently consists of 6 full time members, and a number of Associates who participate with the team on an as and when basis, all are long time aeromodelling enthusiasts. Each team member has individual skills and abilities, which when put together form a very successful team. The following pages will provide an introduction to the full time team members by way of short individual profiles.

Alan was born in 1950. He has been building and flying all types of model aircraft for many years, but first became interested in Radio Controlled model aircraft in 1980. Alan is a founder member of the Large Model Association (L.M.A). Alan's primary role within the team is to provide technical backup. He is responsible for the design and manufacture of the team's airborne electrical systems, flight monitoring, and backup systems. These systems are utilised in all the team's aircraft to enhance safety and reliability. Since retiring Alan has taken on some new roles and now cuts parts for the team's projects on the CNC machines he has built.

John is the team's flight director. Born in 1960, John has always been an avid participant in model flying. He has been building and flying many different types of model aircraft since the age of seven. John began building, designing, and flying radio controlled model aircraft in 1974, just 3 years later he was participating in flying demonstrations on the European show circuit. John is the co-founder of the Large Model Association (L.M.A) and over the years has served on its committee as their Chief Examiner and Safety Officer and Chairman of the registration scheme for over 20 Kg models. John continues to operate as an advisor to many modeling organisations and aviation authorities both in the UK and worldwide on large models and safety issues.

in 2013 John became vice World Champion in GPS flying and in 2016 became World Champion winning the GPS Challenge Cup.

John is married, and having retired from his work as a civil engineer now spends all his time traveling the world enjoying model building and flying

Tony was born in 1967 and took up flying models when he was 30 under the watchfull eye of John .Since then he has has passed the BMFA `B and LMA Proficiency tests and has become a BMFA club instructor. Tony is a very talented builder not afraid to tackle the most complex models and has the flying skills necessary to successfully fly them. Tony got married in 2008 and lives in Milton Keynes with his wife Sue and is a car technician by trade.


Emilly is a fully qualified light aircraft pilot who started modeling many years ago. Unfortunately, she has not been able to take part in any flying events recently due to reasons beyond her control. It is hoped that with medical advancements being made she will return to model flying in the not to distant future. In the meantime, the team enjoys flying her models for her.


Darren Maple

Darren was born in 1970.  He is a self employed Shipwrights & Model Maker who specialises in composite fabrications.

Darren is a member of the BMFA and LMA  and has been flying models since the early 80's.  Although he predominately builds and flies scale gliders and glider tugs, Darren's real passion is WW2 warbirds, owning and flying a Spitfire MKIX a MKVII Spitfire and a scratch built 1/4 scale Hurricane.

Darren brings an extra layer of expertise to the team in the area of Glass composites.

Bernie Jones

Bernie was born in the early 50’s and has been Interested in Aircraft from day one as his father was a pilot in the RAF, he had the pleasure of learning to fly full size in a Tiger Moth and then a Chipmunk with his Dad. His first model was a Keil Craft Ranger control line at around 9 years old, then free flight with an Inch worm and KK Chief, and then on to Radio control with an ABC Mini Sonic in an Veron Impala Glider. 
He is currently the importer for Jeti Model and Fiala (Valach) Motors and runs a successful business here in the UK.
His main interests (when not sleeping) are in large scale aircraft both powered and glider and loves the sound of big Radial motors.
Bernie is a member of both the LMA and BMFA and holds the BMFA “B” achievement certificates in Fixed wing, Silent flight and Helicopters and the LMA Proficiency Certificate.
He lives in Sussex with his Partner Carol and their two dogs Harvey and Jenkins.