Although English, Kevin currently lives in Wales. Despite living next to some of
the best slopes in the world Kevin cannot actually fly a plane unassisted. He started
going to F3F races as a groupie until he realised the innate corruptibility of most CD's.
Spending the huge subsidies paid by the government to keep people in Wales on bribery has
allowed Kevin to "win" a number of races.
Where does one start describing
Perhaps the awesome MG series of wing sections?
Maybe talking about his bright personality, which means he's never short of friends?
What about his exceptional piloting ability?
No, lets start by sharing his
terrifying secret with the world... Marcel holds a German passport...
Roman, aka Lomcovak, is completely
This is by far the most sensible photo I could get of him, you don't want to know about
As well as Roman's obvious skills of flying, drinking, giggling and web design he
possesses a unique approach to diplomacy. Apparently the United Nations are seeking to use
his subtle forehead and T shirt approach to negotiations in Iraq. God help us all...
Seriously though, he's
a great bloke, if you get the chance to meet him, take it. If he offers you a drink, run
like the wind and don't ever look back :-)
Quite simply, Charlie is a good guy. The picture captures Charlie at the Reno Air Races
assisting the photographer by directing him towards the aircraft overhead.
Shy and quiet, Charlie is well-known for his anti-firearm views, his fear of water and his
total aversion to displaying body parts in public.
Australian Richard started flying F3F in Britain. He's a gifted natural pilot
who's famous for his tolerance and complete adherence to every rule, no matter how
trivial. Despite his able-bodied appearance Richard has profound selective deafness.
Tragically, phrases such as "you can't fly there" and "you can't do
that" are wasted on his deaf ears. Spare your sympathy though as Richard has
astounded physicians with with bat-like sensory perception when it comes to phrases like
"this'll be a laugh" or, as the photo shows, "can anyone help me fit this
wing in my car".
Norwegian Espen has a list of victories anyone would be proud of. Consecutive Viking Race
wins, numerous Norwegian titles, World F3B distance record holder and until recently he
held the F3B speed record also. Espen combines Richard's natural ability with massive
experience and a gift for lateral thinking. For a Viking he also has a remarkably good
sense of humour as can be seen in the photo where he is captured partaking of his number
two sport of Gnome impersonating
I don't know enough about Joe's competition record to begin to do it justice.
Suffice to say he is one of the very, very best. I met him for the first time this year
(1999) and was impressed with his obvious flying skill but also by his laid back approach.
The photo is a study of Joe DS'ing at Parker on a 150mph+ day, the body language says it
Danish Jan flew consistently very well in the 98 Viking Race to stay close to the
leaders and when his air came through in the last few rounds he flew it faultlessly to set
a new record of 32.97 seconds and win the competition. He is another flyer with a most
excellent sense of humour. The photo shows him getting the Viking Horn!
John from England is another exceptionally gifted natural pilot. John was the
1998 BMFA F3F League winner. In Britain we have many pilots capable of winning F3F
competitions but far less capable of winning the league. Well done John.
Yet again John is a flyer blessed with a great sense of humour, which given his propensity
for the occasional splat is probably for the best. In fact, I'd be prepared to wager that
John has grazed more hills than a nomadic cow.
Dave from England is a sensational pilot. I don't recall seeing a more
entertaining "hot dog" flyer. Dave won the '98 Winter F3F League using a V Ultra
Pico, rumour has it he's in line for one of the new Fischer models. Dave is well known for
his gadgetry ranging from aerial photography to on board telemetry in his Ellipse 2V.
Another pilot whose wit you don't want to be on the wrong end of.
Pierre is from France, yet he is a gifted pilot, an excellent RC columnist and
fun to be around. He has won the French F3F League several times and held the French F3F
record for many years with a 33... he did at VR98 using a Cobra he'd only previously test
If it has wings and
glides Pierre has probably owned it, flown it, written about it and sold it. His Website
at www.planet-soaring.com is
John from England is a highly gifted pilot who flies with an incredible amount of
discipline. He has won just about every aerobatic trophy he's gone in for and has the
distinction of being the only person I know of to fly a 34.. F3F run including a loop! In
the old days in school when captains picked teams John would have been one of the first
I'd pick, brilliantly fast and totally dependable. Unfortunately he's hideously ugly, this
was the best photo I could find. VBG
John from England is an accomplished F3F flyer. He won the UK league back in '96
or was it '97 and even on the occasions he's not winning his aggressive flying always
makes him one to watch. For several years John flew closer to the hill than anyone without
so much as a graze. Unfortunately eco-friendly John got wind that ace model repairer Roger
Blake was building a European mountain of micro-balloons and he made it his personal
crusade to rid the world of this evil. To stop Rogers supplies fowling the planet John has
had to regularly make large holes in his planes needing Roger's team of JCBs to work day
and night to fill them with micro balloons.
English Simon is one of the most complete pilots currently flying RC gliders. He
has arms, legs and everything. He also had a set of golden bo***cks but seems to have
misplaced them of late.VBG. In his first full year at F3F Simon won the UK league. Also
having represented GB at World champs level both at F3B and F3J Simon has a wealth of
experience. His flying and organisational skills make him an asset to any team as he has a
rare mix of aggression, discipline and raw natural ability, but enough of his
organisational skills. It's a testament to his flying skills that he remains the man to
beat even during the time he has been running the F3F league.
Steve from the UK is known by a number of other names. The Joker, the bad
influence and the bearded git spring to mind. My wife has several other suggestions but
here is not the best place for that kind of language. Steve is a good pilot but his
concentration span of below 9 nano-seconds has to date limited his competition success.
Like a Gremlin in many ways, he also comes with a set of instructions. 1. Do not let him
know your weaknesses. 2. Do not listen when he starts a sentence "I have an
idea..." 3. Most important of all do not, I repeat do not ever, order a plane using
this man as a go between.
Eric from England stands taller than many buildings and drives around in
glassfibre sports cars. He is a talented thermal pilot and has achieved many racing
successes using his own design "Fluffy". There were times that people said Eric
won races because of Fluffy but several years and several repairs later I'm sad to say
that when Eric now wins a race it's despite Fluffy! Eric has got a replacement on the
board but it's been there so long it has roots. Eric's specialised subjects include beer,
cars, beer and beer. Note: Eric is a founder member of Team CAC.
An Eldridge is a highly energised critter with a penchant for inhaling entire
desserts and Rambo impressions. In warm climates the Eldridge is known to traverse vast
distances in search of errant little rascals. Failure to remain alert in the presence of
an Eldridge can lead to extended participation in table top ball sports.
Although it may not be apparent from the photograph Tim is actually an American.
Despite his almost British appearance he has a tendency to lapse into phrases like
"The useless pommie bastards" and "You are the man!" which linguistic
experts tell me associate him with the inhabitants of the US. Tim flies bigger toys at
"work" but I am lead to believe in a rather less exuberant manner. Friends and
family have tried to discourage his affinity for the Cooper but I fear he is lost already.
Remember the rules Tim, they're your only chance.
Left is Ken Woodhouse, middle Karl Pashley and pasted on from a different photo
is Mark Passingham. Why pasted? Well, like our Royal Family, the Swillers are never seen
outdoors together. This is not to ensure the continuation of the line it is simply because
one of the three is always getting fresh lager. In fact if you look behind Ken the
original photo shows Mark getting some cans from their temporary bar. Don't let the casual
barbecue and beer approach fool you. These guys can fly, they all have PB's of 37 seconds
or less and they all know their stuff. The existence of the mythical fourth Swilller has
long been debated, the truth is out there.
You may recognise Tom from his TV appearances as a hair double for Jennifer
Anniston. He is captured here warming up for his big break in a Loreal advertisement. At
weekends Tom can be found soaring the slopes of California letting his hair down away from
the stresses of his busy TV career. In addition to his talented hair Tom's thumbs (VBG)
have made him a race winner. He won his first F3F race against some experienced
opposition. Do not be fooled by the tree hugging hippy appearance, this guy kicks ass.