14th March 1931 First flying meeting. Gliders hand launch by bungee.
First locations fields at Comber & Ballymiscaw then also at Clandeboye flights of just a few seconds. Activity moves to a larger area at Holestone, Doagh where they do hand launches & auto-tows (bungee attached to car via rope and pulley).Reynard Primary trainer awaiting launch at Holestone Co Antrim 1931.
Auto-tow from beach Minerstown; flights of 150sec.
Then 5 mins But no proper soaring yet. One or two landings in shallow water… July 1932 Operations tried at Benone Strand, Magilligan; ridge soaring now possible: 25mins.Pre-war at Benone Strand.
Eight different launch sites used, still exploring…
Including Knockagh, with bungee launches from top, landing both back on the cliff-top or at its foot.1934: Single Seat Grunau Baby ready for Catapult launch from cliff overlooking Benone Strand.
First flights of over 5 hrs and over 50km.1936: A Falcon III 2-Seater on Benone Strand.
WW2 no gliding.
Flying resumed 1946; at Benone Strand, Magilligan – but rationing & recession limited the activity for many years.Single Seat Kirby Kite being rigged on Benone Strand.
Club is re-located to the ex-RAF airfield of Long Kesh.
Launch by auto-towing & aerotowing.Long Kesh 1967: Members and visitors at the launch point.