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Within the RAFMAA there are a small but well formed group of participants who actually fly model aircraft without Radio Control.  These models are flown at very high speeds usually only 20-30 feet high above the ground.

Yes they are Control Line models, typically in this case Team Racing models.  The idea of Team Race is to cover a set distance in the shortest possible time, (the racing bit).  In order to do so the services of both a pilot and pitman are required, (the team bit).  There are many classes ranging from small diesel powered models flown over grass to large glow powered models usually flown over concrete.

A typical race is flown over a hundred laps during which the model is required to twice land and refuel (pit stop).  In order to carry out this pit stop, the pilot has to stop the motor and land the model into the awaiting pitman’s (gloved) hand.  The pitman catches it, refuels the tank, restarts the motor and releases it.  Team work is of utmost importance along with reliable motors. 

The RAFMAA profile is greatly projected by a two current teams who participate at domestic, national and international level and are collectively known as the “Circle of Friends”  We would like to increase the circle and would welcome enquiries from any interested parties with further information being available from the following:

          a.      Chris Barker.

          b.      Neil Tricker.

          c.       Paul Blakeborough.   


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