28 June 2011

Tuesday 24th June 1941: model aircraft

Warm, fine, but less sun than of late. To Wimbledon along line* to do shopping. Flew 37 ins model on Common in evening with splendid results, finishing with a long flight taking off from the ground.**
Notes: * Fred was referring to the path alongside the railway. **The tissue-covered, balsa-wood, model aircraft was powered by strands of strong elastic bound together at the ends and wound many times before each flight with a hand-drill. The aircraft would, ideally, circle slowly, being brought around by the ground-adjusted rudder. Fred kept his aircraft at home with the wheels hooked over a picture rail, the aircraft hanging on the wall pointing vertically to the ceiling.

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