The Prince of Wales Cup


 The Prince of Wales Cup

Presented in 1976 by the President, HRH The Prince of Wales, for annual award for the most meritorious performance, feat or event by a team or group during the preceding year.



1976 British Gliding Team

1977 Popular Flying Association

1978 British Hang Gliding Team

1979 British 4-Man Parachuting Team

1980 Joint Services Canopy R-W Team
1981 British Gliding Team
1982 No award
1983 The Kettering Group
for the work of Kettering Boys School on radio monitoring of space craft and satellites.
1984 The British Hang Gliding Team
for winning six team gold and two silver medals plus five individual gold medals in international championships during the year.
1985 Royal Marines Free Fall Team
1986 Royal Marines Free Fall Team
1987 British Gliding Team
1988 British Hang Gliding Team
1989 British Gliding Team
1990 British 8-way Relative Work Team
1991 No award
1992 U.K. F4C Model Team
1993 British Microlight Team
1994 U.K. F2A Model World Championship Team
1995 No award
1996 British Microlight Team
In the twelve years of international microlight competitions, Great Britain won the best overall team in the first event, lost in 1986, but since then has never lost the team event again. In South Africa in 1996, despite the tragic death of a member, the team decided to continue with the World Championship and won individual gold, silver and bronze medals, as well as the team trophy.
1997 British Hot Air Balloon Team
The successful British Hot Air Balloon Team at the World Air Games were David Bareford, Lindsay Muir and Crispin Williams who compete regularly as a team, and were joined at the Air Games by Tom Sage.
1998 No award
1999 British Women's Standard-class Gliding Team
At the 1999 FAI Women's European Gliding Championships at Leszno in Poland, the British team of Sarah Harland, Gill Spreckley and Lucy Withall took the individual Gold, Silver and Bronze medals, and the team Gold. This was the first time a national team has achieved a clean sweep of the podium places in any FAI International gliding competition.
2000 V-Max Parachute Team
V-max is an all-female 4-way formation skydiving team. Since their formation in 1998, they have achieved some major successes. They were 2nd in the UK Nationals and won the first ever Women's World Cup in 1999. They improved their score in the 2000 UK nationals, and will represent Britain in the 2001 World Air Games.
2001 British Gliding Team
In 2001 the British Gliding Team achieved their best performance ever winning 5 individual World Championship Gold Medals, two World Championship team awards and two Silver Medals.
2002 UK F2A Model Flying Team
The 2002 UK F2A Team comprised Peter Halman, Ken Morrissey, Gordon Isles and Matthew Hart. At the 2002 FAI Control Line Model Flying World Championships at Sebnitz, they won four medals: Individual Silver and Bronze, Junior Silver and Team Gold, in a competition against teams from 18 countries.
2003 The British Gliding Team 2003.
The British Gliding Team achieved outstanding results at the 2003 World and World Junior Championships. Andy Davis won Gold in the Standard Class, Steve and Phil Jones took Silver and Bronze in the 18m Class with Dave Watt and Peter Harvey also highly placed - the British team led the Medals Table. The World Junior Championships saw a Gold for Jez Hood and a Silver for Luke Rebbeck, and high placings from John Tanner, Leigh Wells, Matt Cook and Andy Perkins.
2004 The Red Devils Display Team.
The Red Devils are the official free-fall display team for the Parachute Regiment and the Army. In 2004 they conducted 70 displays at events throughout the UK and Europe, ranging from air shows and sports events to the 60th anniversary commemorations of Normandy and Arnhem, where veterans made tandem drops onto the original DZ. Their spectacular display programme has promoted parachuting as a safe discipline, combining skill and courage with the controlled capacity to thrill. They have also been involved with overseas military training programmes and development trials. They are the current UK Armed Forces Parachute Champions.
2005 The British Gliding Team 2005.
The British Gliding Team had a very successful year in major international competitions. This has been characterised by professionalism and mutual support among the team members. The Junior World Championships at Husbands Bosworth produced Gold for Mark Parker, Silver for Jon Meyer and Bronze for Andy May in the Standard Class. The Women's World Championships in Germany resulted in British Silver and Bronze medals. The European Championships in Finland and Slovakia resulted in a Gold, two Silvers and a Bronze Medal in three classes.
2006 Team Airkix.
Team Airkix are the British 4-Way Women’s Formation Skydiving Team. The members are: Claire Scott, Amanda Kemp, Emma Beyer and Julia Foxwell, with Andrew Wright as Camera Flyer. The team was formed two years ago, led by Claire Scott. Claire had previously been part of the Gold-medal-winning Team V-Max, but the others had little international experience. At the 2006 World Championships in Germany, they won the Gold Medal, beating some full-time and state funded teams, and also achieved a World Record in one of the rounds.
2007 The British Women's Gliding Team.
At the 2007 Women’s World Gliding Championships in France, the British Women’s Gliding Team achieved two Gold medals and the overall Team Cup. Gold medals were won by Gill Spreckley in the Club Class and Sarah Kelman in the Standard Class. Three other pilots also only narrowly missed medals and the team's combined placings gave them overall victory. This success owed much to Brian Spreckley as Team Captain and had its foundations in the British Gliding Association Coaching initiative.
2008 Team Bodyflight Storm.
Team Bodyflight Storm is the British women's four-way formation skydiving team. Its members are Hannah Betts, Claire Scott, Sarah Smith, and Kate Stephens with photographer Gary Wainwright. They undertook 18 months of intensive training including over 1500 team jumps. They won the British National Championships and then went on to the 2008 World Parachute Championships. Here the team achieved a best-ever British performance. They won the Championships, beating the USA and France, and also achieved a new world best score for this event.
2009 Gliding Team GB.
The British Gliding Team overcame strong opposition in the 2009 European Championships at Nitra, Slovakia to win the overall team championship. Peter Harvey became Open Class European Champion for the third time, with Steve Jones taking Bronze. Russell Cheetham is the new 18m European Champion, with Mike Young taking Silver. Combined with good results from other team members, these won the Team Gold Medal for the British Gliding Team, captained by Philip Sturley.
2010 British Microlight Team
The British Team for the 2010 European Microlight Championships at Sywell was expertly led by David Daniel. Individual Gold medals were won by Richard Rawes, Robert Grimwood and John Waite; Silver Medals by David Broom and Chris Levings, and Bronze Medals by Paul Welsh and Richard Proctor. The other team members were well placed and contributed to winning the Overall Team Prize by a large margin against a field of 100 competitors from 12 nations.
2011 F4C Scale Model World Championship Team
The F4C Radio-controlled Scale Model competition requires competitors both to have built their own models, which are judged on accuracy, complexity and realism, and to fly sequences of precision manoeuvres. The British team has won medals at 18 of the 20 biennial FAI World Championships. The current team of Peter McDermott with a DH9A, Mick Henderson with a DH9 and Dave Knott with a Hurricane won the Gold Medal at the 2010 World Championships.

2012 British Helicopter Team

The 2012 British Helicopter Team achieved a Silver medal at the FAI World Helicopter Championships in Drakino, Russia. The top placed British crews consisted of David Monks & Caroline Gough-Cooper (who were awarded a Silver medal in the precision flying event), Andrew Taee & Mike Buckland and John Jackson & Craig Finch. Quentin Smith also took a joint Gold medal position in the Individual Freestyle Event. The nucleus of the current team has been together for 7 years and strives constantly to progress and improve with the aim of challenging the Russian Team who have dominated the event since its inception in 1974.





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