Hawke's Bay Model Aero Clubs
We have little information so far
the formation dates of Model Aero Clubs
in Hawke's Bay. PleaseCONTACT
you can provide some information.
A frequent visitor to the
These photos were taken by
Mr. Arnold Wright who, along with Ty Husheer,
was a "mover and shaker" in creating a
great interest in aviation among local
club, (about 1934-38) during a visit from
Palmerston North club, (known as
on the old embankment drome when the
construction of the
Napier Aero Club's complex was in
the beginning of World War 2, some
members of the
model aero club and of the Napier Aero
were called up or voluntarily signed up
to "do their bit".
Sadly, some never returned home.
One member of the modellers we can name
from Napier, who was a radio-op/gunner
Returning from a raid over Europe with a
the pilot had to ditch into the sea.All
were lost before help arrived.
Model Aero Club members,
Mr. Fostick was a keen
glider pilot in the gliding section of the Aero
club and flew a
fighter aircraft in Lybia. He lost his life when
shot down by an enemy aircraft.
line-up of modellers & model
aero club members,Mr.
among them, apparently.
members with a 'wing'
of some significance ?
last on right)
large hangar taking shape.
Circa. 1935 - 1938
re-MODEL AERO CLUB
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model aero club....
Rose President of Hawkes Bay Radio
Flyers ( inc )
has passed this photo of a Napier Aero
Modellers Club Trophy that has come
into their possession at some time. It is
named the Williams Trophy,
and first won by L Pothan in 1937-38 then
by R Yates in 1948- 49.
There is an engraving for 1987- 89 but no
Does anyone have any information about
this Trophy ?
OVER AWATOTO' - February 2008
photo of the HB port area is a little
unique from the fact
that it was 'shot' from a model
with a small camera onboard.
Ron Crabtree, (mentioned earlier and
in WW2),built the model and launched it
from Napier's Bluff Hill.
photos of a local Hawkes Bay lad 1930s,
passed on to the
HB Cultural Trust
this be the young
Air Vice Marshall
Sir Hector McGregor
He was a Napier
resident at one time.
The M-AC on the wings may be a clue. Can