Saturday, June 14, 2008

In memoriam John Swallow

It is with sadness that I advise you that one of South Africa's leading modellers of yester-year has passed away. John represented South Africa, designed Free Flight planes and had very successful glider designs see the light while he was in his competitive years.

Later he became involved with Control Line and designed the Wind Dancer aerobatics model that won the SA Nationals many times and were flown at four World Championship events.

Wherever this plane is shown the completely geodetic ribs used in the wing design causes much interest with comments such as "how in the world did he do that" being heard often.

Older modellers will remember John for his competitive spirit and his excellent designs.

I extend our sympathies, as a family who have known the Swallows for many years, the Control

Line SIG's sympathies and those of SAMAA members to John's family.

Percy Attfield

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