VOLUNTEERS are needed to help support and maintain a gliding club's fleet of vintage aircraft.

Dorset Gliding Club (DGC) boasts the largest collection of postwar gliders and aircraft in the immediate area.

The club, which flies from Eyres Field - between Wool and Bere Regis - has just taken delivery of a 1962 180hp Piper PA-18 Super Cub, G-ARTG, which members intend to use as their glider launch and towing aircraft throughout the 2018 season.

DGC chairman Nick Barnes explained: "While learning to glide and fly over the wonderful south Dorset scenery is one aspect of the club, you don't have to fly to be a valued member of the team.

"Volunteers who simply enjoy being with and working with aircraft make up an important part of the membership.

"Would you like to learn how to help maintain G-ATRG? Whether you are a qualified aircraft engineer or simply a keen enthusiast, the team at the DGC would love to hear from you."

The Piper PA-18 Super Cub is a two-seat, single-engine, steel and fabric construction fixed wing monoplane.

More than 9,000 were built after first being introduced by Piper Aircraft in 1949.

Mr Barnes said: "Flying versions are becoming rarer and rarer, making this veteran of the sky a much sought after aircraft."

G-ARTG was built at the Piper factory in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania, USA, in 1962. Four years later it arrived in the UK, and has been used for glider towing ever since.

"As a not for profit club, DGC heavily relies upon and values its keen core of members who help support and maintain their aeroplanes, keeping them all in flying order," said Mr Barnes. "The DGC is welcoming and sociable and includes members from all age groups, currently our youngest volunteer is 13 and our oldest is 86 - both are active flyers as well."

Visit dorsetglidingclub.co.uk or call 07784 732648 for further details.