World record for F2A model plane fan Ken Morrissey

Ken Morrissey
Image caption Ken Morrissey's plane reached 191mph (307.4km/h)

A model plane enthusiast broke a world record four times in a single event when he became European champion.

Ken Morrissey a member of Barton Model Flying Club, Gtr Manchester took gold in Poland in the individual F2A speed event for high speed model planes.

"I'm over the moon, I haven't slept for nights since," said Mr Morrissey.

Described by him as the "Formula One of model planes", the event involves the planes flying round a pylon on a steel wire.

"I went there expecting to be in the top three or four places but to win every day with world records every day is just a dream," said Mr Morrissey.

The sport involves the planes being set off at around 90mph (145km/h) and reaching speeds in excess of 180mph (290km/h) as they are spun round the pylon by their pilot.

The last of the record speeds set by Mr Morrissey was 191mph (307.4km/h).

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