Model plane enthusiasts will take to the skies this weekend for a Guinness World Record attempt.

Members of the North Berks Radio Model Aircraft Society are taking part in a nationwide bid by the British Model Flying Association to break the record for the largest number of model planes in the sky at any one time.

The Ridgeway club would normally have up to half a dozen people flying at any one time. But at midday on Sunday, May 15, they are hoping for more than four times that number.

In the sky there could be everything from gliders to remote-controlled model planes capable of high speeds.

Club chairman James Penman said: “We’ve got to time it quite carefully.”

Nationwide, around 200 clubs are said to be involved in the world record attempt all over the country.

The record break bid has been organised to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the British Model Flying Association.

Walkers on footpaths around the club’s half-acre site near East Hanney should be able to see the planes overhead.

And for the magnificent men – and women – with their scale-model flying machines, it is expected to be a special day.

Asked about the attraction of flying model aircraft, Mr Penman said: “It’s great escapism. We’ve always been fascinated by flight and, apparently, it’s more difficult than flying a full-size aircraft.”

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