Firstly we have two more pictures for you, the first shows the
UK Team during official practice at Deblin Air Force Academy, the
contest site. The second is Mark Christy signing autographs, for
the local kids - (Ed. I had feared someone was trying to smuggle
a ground to air missile into the competition when I first saw the
The word on the ground - Official Practice is now over, and all
pilots and models are performing well with no major problems so
far. The UK Team's models all passed scrutineering and noise tests
The Australians are having problems due to the non-arrival of their
fuel. They are having to use fuel supplied by other teams, and at
least one member of the team is having problems getting a good engine
run. One of the Swedish team had his Eagle shot down by a frequency
clash at the practice site, but hopes to have it rebuilt in time.
At Deblin airbase, all the pilots are constantly surrounded by young
autograph hunters - the event is proving very popular with the local
children. Even at the practice site - miles from anywhere - the
teams are constantly surrounded by young spectators.
Round 1 begins on Sunday, and I wish them all a great competition.