Mashonaland Flying Club Aviation Art Auction

The Mashonaland Flying Club (MFC) has now been in existence for 52 years, when the Marlborough Flying Club became the Mashonaland Flying Club in 1957.

As you will be aware the club has fallen on hard times in recent years. In the good times MFC had about 850 members, but, as a result of people leaving the country and those remaining having to tighten their belts to cope with rising costs, these figures have dwindled. Currently membership figures are nearer to 100, of which only half are active members in Harare.

Many ex Mashonaland Flying Club students are now enjoying good careers flying for major airlines world wide; Emirates, Cathay Pacific, Thomas Cook, Thomson Airways, easyJet, Air Mauritius, MK Airlines and of course Air Zimbabwe to name a few. MFC has also produced many private pilots and has always provided a warm and happy welcome to all those who have walked under the Vampire arch. One only needs to have a look at the current MFC facebook site, to see how many of us look back on our days at MFC with sheer happiness.

In order to celebrate both MFC’s wonderful history and its continuing survival against all the odds and Concorde’s 40th Anniversary, Fiona Del Giudice, a Sussex based artist, has been commissioned to paint John Reid-Rowland’s legendary photograph of Z-MFC and Concorde at Harare Airport, 31st October 1993.

The water colour in its double mount measures 16” X 20”, the starting bid is £425-00, an absolute bargain for an original aviation watercolour of such a high standard. Please e-mail your bid to [email protected] ( please give your name and bid in UK pounds ).

The bidding will open on Friday 27th November and will close on Saturday 12th December at 18-00 GMT (e-mails will be sent out intermittently advising you of the current bid). The winning bidder will be required to pay for shipping of the picture from the UK. Once the auction has closed all money raised above £425-00 will be donated to MFC to help with their fight for survival.


Please note: This auction is not being conducted by, I am just advertising it. If you require more information, please email [email protected]

  • David Thomas

    Mashonaland Flying Club
    Aviation Art Auction

    Dear Members, ex Members & Friends

    I am pleased to say Steve & Debbie Carter have won the MFC Art Auction with their winning bid of £550.00, of which £125.00 will be donated to MFC.

    There will be a limited number of high quality prints produced of this magnificent water colour. Each print will cost £55.00 (including postage and packaging). MFC will receive a donation from every print sold ranging from 25% to 50% depending on the total number of prints sold.
    Please e-mail orders to: [email protected]

    Orders need to be placed by Wednesday 6th January 2010. I am planning a visit to Zimbabwe for the end of January 2010, so will be able to deliver prints straight to MFC for those who would prefer this.

    Many thanks to all who have shown support for this project and please forward this e-mail on to anyone you think may be interested!


    Dave Thomas