Bernie sent this photograph, 5th April 2011
Kev & his
Note from Tony
As a result of seeing Kevs
Jaguar at the Friday evening session at Ferry Meadows on 8th April 2011 I did
some web searching. The Jaguar has a mention in
"The 'Jaguar' Wakefield model aeroplane
'Jaguar' free flight rubber-powered aircraft was the most second most famous
Wakefield model of all time, after the 1939 Korda Wake, and was designed and
flown by Ted Evans. Many modelers built this unusual looking 44.5-inch (1,130
mm) wing span aeroplane and achieved success in competitions from 1947 to 1950.
The 1948 Wakefield Cup was won by Roy Chesterton in Akron, Ohio, USA using this
design which he constructed himself. Plans of the Jaguar were published in the
October 1948 Aeromodeller. The Aeromodeller Annual 1948 then dedicated four
pages and its front cover to the Jaguar. A photo of the model then appeared on
the front of Model Aircraft magazine, August 1949 and a two page spread was
given over to the Jaguar in Model Planes Annual 1949. This indicates the
importance of this design. Despite the Jaguar's success Ted Evans felt this
model could be improved upon and he set out to design the Clipper, and then the
model which gained him the most success, the Vansteed. Although Ted Evans had
been designing and flying his designs since the early thirties there were only
two more designs to follow the Vansteed. Neither were given names but both
featured more complex construction."
I then discovered
Shop, Northants", a really excellent piece of history, well worth a read.
The following is taken from the web site.
"Following his war years in the RAF my father
returned to running the shop and, a chance to pursue his quest to win the
Wakefield Cup. In football terms this is equal to the World Cup with teams from
many nations participating.
He was never afraid to take a clean sheet of paper
and start a new design and was keen to try out new concepts. Although he was
unsuccessful in his attempt to make the British team in 1948 it was his
unusual, but most successful design that was to win the Cup in that year flown
by Roy Chesterton. Named the Jaguar this model, shown here with Roy, was to
become the most talked about model of its time. The competition was held in
Akron, Ohio, USA."
Wakefield International Cup by Charles Dennis Rushing - 1948"