Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Aeromodeller 1956-05

A most encouraging aspect of Air Training Corps activity is the introduction of an annual modelling championship which for this year was open to 37 squadrons of the A.T.C. in Hertfordshire, West Essex and East Essex Wings, Eliminating contests at these Wings provided finalists for the judging of best models at Ilford on March 23rdf where the organising officers of No. 50 R.A.F. Recriiting Centre are located. There was much to he said for the standard of workmanship, bearing in mind the youth of the entrants, and model trade and press judges had difficulty in defining winners in two of the four classes. There was no doubt, however, that the efforts of Cadet Sgt. E. A. Harris of 1 107 Squadron, W. Essex Wing, resulted in him winning free-flight power and rubber, and wearesure that the impressive array of trophies and other prizes will encourage an even larger entry next time. Indeed the trend of thought is that the contest might become open to all Squadrons, and held on a nationwide basis. Air Commodore J. M. Cohu, C.B.E., who presented the trophies in the presence of the Mayor of Ilford and an appreciative throng of R.A.F. and A.T.C. offic ers, stated that aeromodelliog was an ideal medium for encouraging more A.T.C. recruits, who are, of course, recognised as most suitable applicants for future service in the Royal Air Force.