1952 Control Line World Championships

Brussels, Belgium
Jul 28 1952

Note: This is a second account of the Brussels contest. Some photos scanned from the magazine are appended at the bottom of the page.

The account is taken from Model Aircraft of September 1952

The venue had to be changed from last year owing to events clashing at Knokke, and the Belgian organisers were faced with the problem of finding an alternative site.

Thanks to the co-operation of "Sabena" they were able to hold the contest at Melsbroek aerodrome where our friend Lippens did great work in estab lishing two circuits in a well protected enclosure at short notice, with the help of a considerable amount of roofing felt and bitumen adhesive.

The weather turned out oppressively hot and dry with the result that more than the usual starting troubles were encountered.

Great Britain started by winning the aerobatic class in the Concours d'Elegance with Claydon's entry and this was followed by a tie with Denmark in the 2.5 c.c. speed event on the first day. This unfortunately was not followed up, although the British team by no means disgraced themselves except in the team racing event where they faild to get away!

Davenport, our hope in the 10 c.c. event also had the misfortune to make a bad start and damage his machine extensively so that at the end of Saturday our chances of repeating last year's success did not look too rosy.

However, on the Sunday, Wright managed coax another three miles per hour out of his machine to top the list of competitors in the 2.5 c.c. speed class and he followed this up by a flight of 193.5 km/hh. in the 5 c.c. class, to place Great Britain second to Dr. Millett, of France, with 198.38 km/hr in this event.

In the meantime Ridgeway put in some good work in the aerobatics circle to score 632 points and place Great Britain in an almost unassailable position in this event, thus leaving only the io c.c. speed and the team classes in a bad position so far as the British team was concerned.

By steady work on the part of Davenport on his damaged machine during Saturday night and the greater part of Sunday, it was eventually restored to flying order, whereupon it succeeded in achieving 225 km/hr. to place second to Battistella, of Italy, With 233.76 km/hr.

With three firsts and two second places the British team now had a sporting chance of again pulling off the championship, and this was confirmed by the final results when they were worked out by the indefatigable Roussel and the remainder of the secretarial team of the " Petite Aviation Belge."

The general arrangements for the contest were excellent; in particular the arrangement of the competitors' pens with their long pegged and taped coclosures in which the lines could be kept between Rights.

While welcoming the appearance of newcomers to this championship with the Norwegian, Danish, Yugoslav, and Spanish entrants, one regretted that Switzerland was not represented, particularly after their very good showing on previous occasions. We hope this is only a temporary absence and that they will again take their place in future events.