Keelhauled at Kiev? Photos from the USSR
December 1962 American Modeler

December 1962 American Modeler

December 1962 American Modeler Cover - Airplanes and RocketsTable of Contents

These pages from vintage modeling magazines like American Aircraft Modeler, American Modeler, Air Trails, Flying Aces, Flying Models, Model Airplane News, & Young Men captured the era. All copyrights hereby acknowledged.

For a while it seemed like the tensions between Russia and the United Sates was easing, but in the last few years our foreign policy has been so whacky that nobody trusts us. Former allies can't stand us anymore and those who always hated us hate us even more. 1962 was the height of the Cold War where the world's only two nuclear powers sat with their fingers on the nuclear launch button, ready to engage in Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD). When the World Control Line Championships were held in Kiev in 1962, the free world country participants came away agreeing that the whole affair was rigged, fraught with incompetence, or a combination of the two. Communism has never bred excellence - just marginal functionality and apathy. The U.S. seems to be adopting the Red way these days with central government planning and a dependent class of non-producers receiving bread and water (and cellphones ) from the ruling powers who take it by force from the productive memebers... it's going to be a rough ride. A detailed account of the event was printed in the January/February 1963 edition of American Modeler.

Keelhauled at Kiev? Photos from the USSR

Conducted last September at a lovely site in an amusement park on an island in the middle of the Dnieper River near Kiev, Russia, many non-Iron Curtain modelers returned home with the opinion that most of the proceedings of the World Control Line Championship meet were "all wet". Organized by the Central Aero Club of the U.S.S.R., the U-Control "world series" featured flat fuel, biased judging, no practice facilities, too high and whipping flights by the Russians who took the Stunt and Team Race team titles. Hungary walked off with the speed crown. Complete details in next American Modeler by eye-witnesses.

America's Team Racing representatives at Kiev - Airplanes and Rockets

America's Team Racing representatives at Kiev, from left: Edwards Jr and Edwards Sr who build as a team, young Phil is the pilot; Stockton, builder and flyer, Jehlik, pitman, Johnson, pilot, and Ayres, builder and mech.

 

 

USA stunt men in the FAI Championships - Airplanes and Rockets

USA stunt men in the FAI Championships were (from left): Williams, Silhavy, and Southwick. Scale-like "Caudron" was Williams' entry.

 

 

Starting up his stunt entry is Russia's Sirotkine - Airplanes and Rockets

Starting up his stunt entry (center) is Russia's Sirotkine, who led the aerobatic competition during its early stages, later took the Team Race event. At far left is USSR team manager Mischa Vassiltchenko. Read the full report in next A.M.

Members of the World Champion speed team - Airplanes and Rockets

Members of the World Champion speed team, from far left: Krizsma, who placed first, Toth, and Bathge; plus team manager R. Beck.

 

 

Bill Ayres of Pittsburgh - Airplanes and Rockets

Bill Ayres of Pittsburgh with one of the American team racers.

 

 

Sixteen year old Juhadi Kari of Finland - Airplanes and Rockets

Sixteen year old Juhadi Kari of Finland turned in spectacular stunt performance, placed 2nd in final individual standings to acclaim of many experts.

 

 

 

 

Posted July 13, 2014