Oldham and District Model Aero Club

Flying since 1945!

The Oldham and District Model Aero Club was founded in June 1945 by three 18-year-olds, Mr Jimmy Shaw, Mr Len Gabriels and Mr Ray Musgrove. Initially, model flying took place at Bellfields next to Werneth Golf Club.

The types of models flown at the time were gliders and rubber-powered free flight models. There were no remote-controlled (IC) powered systems available then, due to wartime restrictions. Balsa wood was as rare as gold and basic building wood was obechi and plywood.

After the war, the club went from strength to strength despite losing three flying sites because of building by the council of new schools, Breezehill being one of them.

The Club eventually settled down at the Peacote site in Derker for 40 years. However, in 1993, the council served notice that the Peacote site was to become a municipal golf course, and thus we had to look for new premises.

With the aid of the local authority, we spent many long and traumatic times looking for an alternative site, but the club now has a settled flying site at Greenhill, near Alexandra Park.

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Oldham and District Model Aero Club