Bob Hodges' Vought Corsair is racked up in a steep climb in Navy
carrier event; 2-speed (exhaust choke) K&B .35 toot 5th in Senior. Senior man
Dave Domazi scored top points, 417.4.
PAA-Load event was run off in drizzle. Unusual 700 sq. in. wing
entry by Dick Burges had plug-in wings. In Clipper Cargo Herbert Kothe, first PAA-Load
champ, lifted 25 1/2 oz. to win.
Most unusual radio entry: Ed Sieh's 60 deg. delta with span of
42 inches. Area is 764 sq. in. Good tone receiver; 3 1/4 lbs.
Duplicating his 1st at the '54 Mirror meet, Bob Yeomans of W.
Haven, Conn., scored highest (329) points in C/L Scale with 5' span, 1/20th size
P2V-2 Neptune. Uses two Torp .29's.
No. 1 nominee for any young-in-heart award, C.O. Wright, ex AMA
proxy and Topeka's most famous modeler, was 5th in Open class free flight Half-A
scale with .049 Atwood Taylorcraft.
New national junior champ Joe White of Sacramento launches his
Torp .19 powered "Whogit" Class A free flight entry. This model was designed by
brother Bill, last year's National Champion.
Young Greg Wilson from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. had Half-A free flight
delta modeled along lines of Ed Sieh's R/C job (see pg. 45). Powered by a Thermal
Hopper running backwards.
Ten-foot, 13 1/2·pound Bull Bull Pup flying scale radio control
by Hubert B. Lacey, Columbus, Ohio. O.K. Twin motor, 18/9 prop. Five channel Schmidt;
rudder, elevator, motor control.
Best of indoor cabin contenders was Bob Bienendein, Detroit,
with 14 minutes, 25.2 seconds. This more than tripled the highest Jr.-Sr. time,
indicating "indoor" flying is on wane.
Winning team race trio was (from left): Bill Hallenbach, mechanic;
George Moir, designer-builder; Bob Huffer, pilot. Re-worked Fox .29. Huffer, Annapolis,
Md., won last year.
For second year in row Parnell Schoenty, Kirtwood, Mo., flew
off with Hiller Helicopter event. This original design used a Cub .14 engine. Canadians
Graves & Stefani placed second.
Tops in Junior stunt: Rodney Pharis, Detroit, with 346.5 pts.
His magnificent original precision aerobatics entry had Fox .35. Top points scored
by C. Hill Hutchins as a senior - 352 .
Repeating his '52 victory, Alex Schneider, San Francisco, won
radio control with modified Piper Cub, 7' span, 8 lbs., 18 oz. loading, Spitfire
.60 ignition. Rockwood 5-channel reed rig.
Shrouded K&B Torp .15 powered this dart. That's Ed's missus
Catherine; both beauties. At moment only rudder control used.
Renowned patience of indoor flyer is exemplified by Carl Oakland,
as he repairs large hand-launched stick model. Hightest in event was Richard Obarski
who totaled 20 min., 45 sec.
All-balsawood construction utilized by Dick Burger, Piedmont,
Cal., for McCoy .049 diesel free flight. High thrust line Half-A weighed 5 oz. Sparless
1/32" sheet wing, ribs 5" apart.
First place in Combined Class A-B PAA-Load went to Bruno Markiewicz
of Detroit who flew this Torp .32 powered original design' "Polywoa" to total time
of 13 minutes, 48.4 seconds.
Nordic towline glider crown was won by James A. Patterson of
Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, who flew as Air Force team member. His total
time was 13 minutes, 36.1 seconds.
Duplicating his 1953 victory with the same model, Ed Stoll of
Detroit placed 1st in open class Half-A free flight scale. This is a Fairchild 24
powered by Wasp .049. Total, 344.5 pts.
Rise-off-water free flight saw top time of 16 minutes, 50 seconds
racked up by Sherman Kachenberg. Here, Robert Stucker, St. Louis, 5th in senior,
demonstrates real "sincere" launch.