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John Hook 2014

Long Service Award

Long Service Award
John Hook 2014

John Hook 2014

John has been an aero modeller all his life and supported local clubs especially Southampton MFC and Crookham aero modellers. Most of his time has been spent pursuing free flight models including power and glider although he did fly many single channel models in the early days of RC. If you look in vintage aero modeller magazines circa 1959 you will often see his name appearing in the club news column under Southampton MFC where he was always a prominent competitor in free flight events locally. He is a very proficient builder having been brought up on balsa, tissue and dope and all his models show his expertise in producing competitive models.
His love of model flying in later years has feed his desire to develop a business called FLITEHOOK, a supply centre for most free flight accessories including kits - engines - balsa etc. covering most free flight disciplines. With his wife Pauline they together have provided a single source of supply for quality free flight items, the parts that in later years are no longer seen in most model shops. Together they have attended most events in the southern area taking their materials with them to ensure that modellers have easy access to materials necessary to be able to continue building and flying free flight models. Being at local events also helps new members make a start i.e. kits and parts available at these events means it becomes easier to make that first step and Flitehooks competitive prices helps the younger modellers.
is little doubt that without FLITEHOOK the free flight fraternity in the southern area would have suffered, their willingness to travel and support local events, help organise indoor events and maintain healthy supplies of all things necessary to free flight have been a major contributing factor to ensuring Free flight survives in our area. Johns desire to help support the hobby he has enjoyed all his life, to put something back into the hobby and help others to continue to enjoy aero modelling is an action to be proud off - and this award is to recognise that contribution - thank you Flitehook





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