Even during the busiest times of my life I have endeavored to maintain some
form of model building activity. This site has been created to help me chronicle
my journey through a lifelong involvement in model aviation, which
all began in Mayo, MD
Way back in 1975, my friend, Jerry Flynn, and I (Kirt Blattenberger)
assisted Dick Weber in his successful flight on June 14, 1975, that set a new FAI Closed Course Record
of 225 miles in 5 hours and 38 minutes. See the credits on page 37. The Tortoise got its name by virtue
of the craft having landed near a turtle on the runway. It was a long day, with everyone being sunburned
by the end of it.
Note: This article on the Tortoise
has now been OCR'ed (optical character recognition) so that all of the text is searchable.