Society of Model Aeronautical Engineers Gamage Cup Competition 1933
The Gamage Cup Competition was held at Wimbledon Common on April 29th, and resulted in a win for Tony Willis, Mr. F. Baggs (T.M.A.C.) being second, and Mr. R. Linfoot (Northern Heights Flying Club) third. The times were as follows :-
1st, A. M. Willis, 81.4, 104·6, 145.0; av., 110.3.
2nd, F. Baggs, 76.0, 120.8, 101.0; av., 99.3.
3rd, R. Linfoot, 61.0, 68.8, 61.8; av., 63.9.
There were 19 competitors, and, despite the gusty wind, the flying, both during the competition and after, was exceptionally good. One or two unusual types of models were on view, notably Mr. Rippon's fuselage Farman, and Mr. F. Baggs' "tailless fuselage pusher monoplane," both of which made some fine flights. Later in the evening Capt. Bowden's "Bowden Bee" petrol driven monoplane put up a flight of over a minute.
Hon. Sec., S. G. MULLINS, 72, Westminster Avenue, Thornton Heath.
T.M.A.C. Display at Stag Lane.
Sunday, April 30th, was one of the most enjoyable occasions in the history of T.M.A.C. A number of members visited Stag Lane Aerodrome at the invitation of 3rd Wing (De Havilland's), and received a very cordial welcome. Perfect weather enabled a great deal of good flying to be accomplished.
Capt. De Havilland, who is the Wing-Commander of 3rd Wing, broke in on his week-end arrangements to be present, flying
over in his own machine. His presence and obvious interest were greatly appreciated by all aeromodellists present. He seemed specially interested in the scale models, particularly, of course, the petrol-engined model of one of his own designs, the Gypsy Moth, and shot several cinematograph films. He expressed the view that model flying had greatly improved since the inaugural meeting of 3rd Wing nearly two years ago.
The engine of the model Gypsy Moth (both engine and model the work of Messrs. Col liugs, Bennett and Andrews, of 4th Wing), was given a demonstration run, but the field was rather unsuitable for flights to be safely attempted.
Much interest was shown in the new squadron modeI which, we understand, is the co-operative effort of various 3rd Wing
members. This machine, the low-wing Demon, is very pleasing in appearance, with its well-shaped fuselage and tapered double-surfaced wing. Several short flights were attempted, despite the fact that the machine had only reached the clear-doping stage, and further tests, which should confirm the good impression it gives, will be awaited with interest.
Massed Launches. (See photographs below)
Two very successful mass launches, almost wing-tip to wing-tip, were carried out for the benefit of the Press. About a dozen models took part, including one flown by our youngest
member, Master Raymond Wood, and all succeeded in getting away without collision or stalling.
The meeting was the occasion of a most extraordinary flight obtained by a new member, Mr. G. J. Liggitt. His model, a
balsa high-wing of 36 in. span, and ¾ oz. weight, after about 5 minutes in the, air was observed floating about beneath a cloud, at a height estimated by a competent authority to
be about 1,500 feet! A stop-watch was then brought into use, and after a further 9½ minutes, during which time the model made small circles beneath the cloud, and had become a mere speck, it went up through the cloud, and was finally lost to sight. Later on, a parachute released from Miss Beard's King-fisher "Leonora No. I," also did the "home-sick" angel stunt (with acknowledgements to Manchester Model Aircraft Society report in "M.E." of April 27th!), and rising rapidly, disappeared in the direction of Mill Hill.
Altogether about 40 models were flown, including one of the compressed air type. Our thanks are due to Capt. De Havilland, Mr. Selwyn -Perry, Secretary of 3rd Wing, and all their members, for a most enjoyable time, and the splendid way in which they acted' as hosts.
Mass Launch by T.M.A.C. at Stag Lane 30th April 1933
From the text we now know that the youngster is Master Raymond Wood. One wonders if the Lady might be Miss Beard? I came across the second photo in an entirely separate collection but believe it to be of the same occasion - and that's Geoffrey de Havilland in the trilby hat?