Website visitor Doug H. wrote to ask that I check for information on a couple people in particular who participated in the Radio Control portion of the 1972 and 1971 AMA Nationals competitions. Rather than just do that, I went ahead and scanned and posted the entire articles so that all the available information could be seen. I figured there may well be others who would like to have that information available. The November issues of American Aircraft Modeler were typically where NATs coverage was first reported (the 1972 R/C NATs info can be found here). Nowadays, when the NATs are held in the late July to early August timeframe, it is not unusual to begin seeing coverage by the September issue of Model Aviation. The lead times to press are much shorter now thanks to computerization and modern printing methods. Lag time of more than a couple months is due primarily to authors not getting their copy to the editors early enough.
The Big Cool Nats
New RC Champion Bob Smith - here with Undone II Pattern entry (1). A Pattern entry by Hank Pohlmann was a modified Simco (7). Unusual FAI Pylon model flown by Adam Sattler was designed by Bill Zautner - named Platypus (2).
Grand National Championship Trophy received by Bucky Servaites from Miss Model Aviation Laurie Frick, and the Chief of Naval Air Reserve Training, Admiral Greer. This was the third such victory fro Servaites, a remarkable achievement. Miss Frick is from Glenview, Illinois.
Senior ' C Novice flyer Mark O'Connor. Ken Duncan assists with Triton (8). Special award in FAI Pylon for muffler effectiveness vs speed went to Joe Stream (4). He used the new Clary-Wisniewski .40 engine and muffler.
Thanks again to the Hewlett-Packard Company for providing spectrum analyzer monitoring equipment used in monitoring radio transmission (3). U.S. Navy photo.
The winning Formula I Pylon Racer held aloft by pilot Terry Prather (R) and caller, Alvin Prather, Terry's dad (5). Model is the Stafford Minnow. Bob Violett (L) and Cliff Telford finish fueling their winning FAI Pylon Racer (6). Model has retracts, PB fuselage, original wing and stab, Supertigre engine.
Ron Chidgey's winning C Pattern Expert model was his familiar Tiger Tail design (9). Power was a muffled Webra 61, Top F lite 11-8 prop.
Posted February 15, 2017