Lee started with unbreakable models whilst he was learning the skills of manoeuvring these non-powered aircraft. These are made of foam and are controlled by radio transmissions as are his expensive fibre-glass and carbon fibre models. As a member of the LMSA, Lee has full public indemnity insurance and it is essential to be trained how to fly these gliders safely as he explains: “These are not powered aircraft. We use a radio transmitter to control the flight making small adjustments to the rudder, flaps and ailerons. These gliders can attain speeds of 140 to 150mph!
“I am involved in a winter league of what we call F3F racing. We fly our gliders between two bases, making nine turns and covering 1 km distance in as short a time as possible. It is exhilarating flying the gliders on the side of hills. I have flown in the Elan valley and around the Clewedog dam as well.”
Lee has a Sting glider (pictured) and a Predator as well as his foam models and a restoration project of a balsa wood P38 Lightning. For anyone interested in model glide flying the website for the Long Mynd Soaring Association is www.lmsa.org.uk