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Nick Gibbs 110/01/2019 04:43:24
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Does anyone know of any famous amateur (dead) RC/model flyers in the past?

eflightray10/01/2019 13:12:15
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I met Howard Boys a few times many many years ago, (1950's -1960's). He was a member of our the local Rugby MESAS club. Rugby Model Engineers Society Aero Section.

He occasionally flew some of his single channel RC models at Brownsover, Rugby, and also at Church Lawford aerodrome.

There is a tribute to him on the 'antiquemodelaircraft' site.


J D 810/01/2019 13:39:19
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Actors James Steward and Henry Fonda were aeromodeler's. Pic's of them and aircraft on the web.

Edited By J D 8 on 10/01/2019 13:44:50

KiwiKid10/01/2019 14:03:28
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This subject is quite interesting and has been addressed a few times regarding dead (and not so dead) famous modelers.




Fun Flyer10/01/2019 14:12:10
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David Bowie, Abbot and Costello, Mike Oldfield.

Rocker10/01/2019 15:22:29
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Who can remember Hanner Prattner ( I think that how you spell it but I would not bet on it )

MattyB10/01/2019 15:33:54
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Posted by Rocker on 10/01/2019 15:22:29:

Who can remember Hanner Prattner ( I think that how you spell it but I would not bet on it )

Do you mean Hanno Prettner?

For me the most famous would be Ayrton Senna...

MattyB10/01/2019 15:34:43
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Edited By MattyB on 10/01/2019 15:36:25

Tim Chambers10/01/2019 16:03:12
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Before Ayrton there was Emerson Fitipaldi.

jrman10/01/2019 16:09:23
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Juan Pablo Montoya and Roy Orbison.

J D 810/01/2019 16:11:51
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Probably the most famous. Neil Armstrong.

John Duncker10/01/2019 16:17:57
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Wow I had no idea there were so many pop stars and racing drivers who flew toy planes

Percy Verance10/01/2019 16:33:28
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Roy Orbison was a model flyer. Often flew between gigs/concerts.

Ah, jrman beat me to it.......

Quite a number of those involved in the US SR 71 Blackbird ( codename Oxcart) spyplane program of the early 60's onwards flew models for relaxation at Groom Lake - which of course doesn't exist........

Incidentally, I wonder what the latest hangar at Area 51 is hiding? It's huge............. if you snoop about you can spot some wonderful painted shapes on the hard standings near the main hangars. Intended to fool spy satellites.



Edited By Percy Verance on 10/01/2019 16:47:05

Rocker10/01/2019 16:48:23
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Yes that the man Posted by MattyB on 10/01/2019 15:34:43:


Edited By MattyB on 10/01/2019 15:36:25

Rocker10/01/2019 16:50:30
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Yes that is him . Hanno Prettner ( nearly spelt it right angel 2)

John Privett10/01/2019 21:04:49
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Hanno Prettner used to fly at the Sandown shows in the 1990s. And very good he was too. I have one of the little signed cards that he used to hand out there.


It's on my model room wall beside two signed posters from Christophe Paysant-Le Roux who continued the "modelling celebrity" slot in the years at Sandown after Hanno stopped.

Ayrton Senna has been mentioned, I have a magazine article somewhere about his model flying - possibly in one of the French mags.

Also mentioned earlier was Mike Oldfield. Tubular Bells is probably his best-known album, but his second album Hergest Ridge is named after a hill near where he lived at the time and a model glider appears in the image of the hill on the album cover.

Kevin Fairgrieve10/01/2019 21:17:05
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Mike Brewer.

He of "Wheeler Dealers" fame.


Former Member10/01/2019 21:50:43
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Nick Gibbs 110/01/2019 22:16:41
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Thanks to all. I’d be really interested to read the article about Senna, assuming I can understand it.

Ben B10/01/2019 22:48:30
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Okay not quite so famous- Vernon Kaye used to fly at wormwood scrubs. Paul Daniels flew r/c. Harry Enfield bought a glow heli from the model shop in Camden Town but took it back later!

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