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Model aircraft flyers added a round half-dozen to a world record attempt yesterday afternoon (Sunday 15 May).

The six are all members of the Western Isles based club Island Flyers, registered with the British Model Flying Assocation, which celebrates its centenary this year.

When it was formed in 1922, the club was known as the Society of Model Aeronautical Engineers and was enthusiastically supported by flyers in the newest of the armed forces, the Royal Air Force.

The designer of the Hurricane fighter plane, Sydney Camm, was an early member and his brother, F J Camm, a magazine publisher, thought of the club’s name.

As part of the centenary celebration this year, the BMFA set all its affiliated clubs the challenge of getting as many model aircraft into the sky at 12 noon on 15 May as possible, hoping to create a new world record for the most models in the air at the same time.

And clubs around the UK complied, with Island Flyers the farthest north and west – by some distance. The closest clubs participating in the event in Scotland were at Kinlochleven and at Dallachy

The Western Isles flyers took to the skies over Bosta, with six aircraft all airborne at midday.

A final total for how many were airborne nationwide is yet to be confirmed, but the BMFA today (Monday) announced: “We're incredibly proud of the BMFA family. World record attempt results from across the UK are still coming in but it's safe to say we went large, very large!”

A spokesperson said: “Thank you to each and every one who has taken part in this history-making event. It is clear that memories were made and great fun was had!”

Pictures show the flyers getting ready to get their aircraft aloft (Island Flyers) and how times change, RAF Henley flyers in the early 1920s (BMFA).