The Hull Pegasus Model Flying Club

Mr Geoff Gooding deposited two boxes of records, relating to The Hull Pegasus Model Flying Club dating from the 1940s, 1950s and the 1970s, in June 2010. It offers all sorts of fascinating documents relating to not only the local model aircraft club ‘Pegasus’ but regional (county wide), northern and national clubs and societies also. The public can view correspondence between members and national organisations such as the Society of Model Aeronautical Engineers to gain a real understanding of the large network of social activity across the nation.

This collection has a comprehensive selection of correspondence and it also contains a vast compilation of publications; news sheets, competition results and newsletters to name only three. So for anyone interested in model aircrafts it gives a real opportunity to learn about a previous generation of builders and flyers, their tips and hints to help build and make aircraft more efficient, and see how they developed their aircrafts during the post war period.

Model Flying Club poster

Family history researchers, who know a family member was affiliated with Hull Pegasus MFC, or ex-members themselves, may also be interested to know that this collection includes 12 photographs of events the club was involved with. The pictures show members and their aircraft in a social and competitive setting and allow the viewer to have a real flash back to the late 1940s and 1950s.

1958 marked the end of The Hull Pegasus Model Flying Club’s existence when Mr Gooding left for university with no successor to pass the responsibility on too.

The documents from the early 1970s include 2 newspaper articles which highlight that Mr Gooding still had money relating to the club in a bank account and his desire to get old members together for a re-union meal using the money to fund it and enable ex-members to remember the club’s past glory.

This collection really does offer an insight into a thriving society of individuals not only locally but with a national connection during the post war period. So if you would like to look at any of this fascinating material it can be viewed in The Hull History Centre Search Room. The collection (ref C DSMAC) will be added to our online catalogue shortly.