Rain dampens model aircraft display

Poor weather at RNAS Yeovilton put the dampeners on many aviation enthusiasts today [Saturday], when one of the highlights of the model aircraft calendar fell victim to the weather.

More than 2,000 people had been expected to show up at the Somerset base for its model aircraft show. Dozens of model makers from across England and Wales had also turned up in the south west, hoping to show off their flying skills.

But light downpours throughout the morning left little opportunities for the expensive kits to take flight, with many modellers reluctantly deciding not to risk it.

The Fleet Air Arm Museum at the Royal Naval base did, however, offer those who had travelled an opportunity to look around its impressive hangars, chock full of reminders from Britain's military history.