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The Ghost Squadron

History

The foundation of the team was set when Alan Carter and Vic Combs decided to join the Watford Wayfarers model aircraft club who flew at Croxley moor in Watford. There they met John Greenfield.

John was one of the flight instructors and he taught Vic and Al to fly RC aircraft. At the time John was embarking on a large model project, this was a 12 foot wing span Short Skyvan. Back then, in 1979 this was considered to be a very large model. Al offered to help John with the electrical installation. The rest is history as Al is still wiring Johns planes today. The Skyvan was completed and was test flown at Middle Wallop Army Air Base. John, Vic and  Al supported by John's wife Glenda (known to everyone as "Addie")  then started to fly at local shows, this was 1980. The name Ghost Squadron was given to the team by some of the other modellers who had observed that once the bar was open we could not be found on the flight line !!

 

  John also flew at the West London Club site and there he met Dr Jeremy Shaw who was also building large models. One day in about  early 1982 John and Jeremy were having a discussion about issues with building and flying large models, at the time the BMFA were not interested in anything over 7KG. Between them they thought it was time to start an association dedicated to the building and safe flying of large models. John placed an advert in all the modelling press inviting any like minded and interested  modellers to come to a meeting. As no funds were available to hire a hall the meeting was held in Jeremy's front room after first putting all the furniture out in the garden. 27 people attended that meeting and that was the founding of The Large Model Association.

 

The Ghost Squadron continued to fly and run events, and ran the very successful Wings and Wheels flight line for many years which is now the longest continually running model show in the UK. In 1998 the Team were invited to Dubai to put on a week long airshow.  We shipped out 29 pilots and all their models and the event was a great success and established model flying as a sport in the Country for the first time.

The Team are still as active today as they were back in the early days. The Team has now been in existence for 37 years this year, with two of the original members, John and Al still very active in the hobby and still both proud members of the LMA. The list of current team members can be found here

 

Some photo's from the early days

 

 

   The Wing loading was always going to be high !
                   Short Sky Van

 

The original Team Vic John Al and Glenda (Addie)

 

John's first published plan a 1/3rd scale Bucker Jungmeister

Team members always have a list of projects on the bench, Al and John have

retired from full time employment so the project output has increased. The technology has also moved on and we no longer cut everything by hand as we now have 3 cnc machines, a 3D printer, an A0 plotter, more computers than NASA had to launch the moon landings and will have very shortly a 3D scanner that Al is currently building.

 

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A Random selection Of our photo's