World Championships in Germany
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World Championships in Germany

Championships Model Specifications

Wakefield Cup -Total surface area 263.5-294.5 sq. in.; min. total weight 8.113 0%.; max. rubber weight 2.821 0%.


Free Flight Gas-Min. total weight 115.6 0%. per cu. in. capacity, max. engine capacity .1525 cu. in.; max. inotor run 15 sec.; min. surface loading 3.93 0%. per sq. ft.

Nordic Glider -Total surface area 495.9-526.9 sq. in.; min. weight 14.460%.

Biggest thing that ever happened in International contest flying was the 3-event '55 World Champion­ships, held in Western Germany Jast September 3-5. Host was the USAF, who flew over the American teams, AMA Pres. Keith Storey and other contest officials from New York.

Never before have so many of the globe's top flyers gathered together at one Internationals-there being 80 in A/2 (Nordic) Glider; 74 in F.A.I. F/F Power and 70 in Wakefield, making a grand total of 224 from 23 countries. Top figures prior to this were 158 from 20 countries, at '53 meetings held in Britain (Wakefield & F/F) and Yugoslavia (A/2).


But it was not just sheer size that made the '55 Championships outstanding. In Wakefield, there were 7 men tying for first place-the fly-off being won by Gustav Samann of Germany; in F/F Gas, 3 tied· with maximum scores-Britain's Michael Gaster win­ning this one; in Nordic, Germany again triumphed when '54 winner Rudolf Lindner took first with a total just 4 seconds short of the possible maximum of 900 seconds. Team event wins went to Sweden in Wakefield, Britain in Power and Italy in Glider.

Top U.S. places were 7th in A/2 by Herbert Kothe, 9th in F /F Gas by Otis Goss and team manager Bob Champine's II/12th in Wakefield. In team re­sults, U. S. made 3'rd in Rubber, 5th in Gas and 14th in Glider. Worth mentioning: at end of 3rd round in Wakefield, all U.S. team members had three 180 sec. maximums to their credit!

The three events were flown off at Finthen Air­field, near Wiesbaden, on separate days-each of the five (2-hour) rounds being split into 4 quarters, during which only one member of each team could fly. The 180 second "maximum" proved too Iowa figure, since 38% of all flights recorded (411 out of 1068) were maximums! Hence the fly-off in Wake­field and Power (and almost in Glider).

Winner-by Michael Gaster ot Gt. Britain. Age 23, built first model in 1941. Holds British Class C F/F rec­ord. Design developed over long period of contest fly­ing (winning version was 14th). Powered by Oliver Tiger 2.43, this VTO model spans 52~". Unusual feature: 1/32" dia, turbulators cemented to wing and stab 3/16" behind L. E.'s "Modelspan" covered, 5 coats

. dope, 2 of thinned banana oil. Right/right trim.

F IF Power winner Michael Gaster of Britain and his qraceful Oliver TIqer diesel powered desiqn. Ship was 14th of 1ype he's built. In qas majority followed U.S. trend.

Winner-by Rudolf Lindner of Germcmy. Also flew In '53 cmd '54 A/2 Championships, winninq latter with similar modeL Beqcm

buildinq back in IS42. Model spans 741/4".                               .

Winner-by Gustav Samann of Germany. Aqe 33, buildlnq since IS33. Member of 5 previous International teams. Deslqn has won many German contests, includinq 3 Nats. Spcm is 4So/.I".

Top three in Gliders. Winner: Rudolf Lindner (Germany) in center with his latest model. which he did not fly in contest. Second: Bob Gilroy (Gt. Britain) at left. Third: Rolf Haqel (Sweden).

Top team performance In Wakefield was by these three Swedish flyers (from left): Httkansson (who placed 2nd), Blomquist (8th) cmd Ahman (S·10th). Missinq is Johansson (27th).

Wakefield winner Gustav Samann 01 Germany and his loldlnq prop, "V" dihedral desiqn. Note very steep take-off anqle--com­promise with VTO,


U.S. Wakefield team was 3rd. Lt. to rt.: Herbert Kothe (13th):

Gene Schapp (20th); Manuel Andrade (l8th) and team manaqer Bob Champine (lront) who did best with 1l/12th.


5th-by Emil Fresl of Yugoslavia. Age 34, has been member of ten International teams and won 4 National contests. 49'4" span, folding 2-blader with adjus­able pitch; powered by 15 strands of 1/24" x '4" Pirelli, Note anhedral stab. J ap tissue covered, 3 coats dope. Left/ right trim. (Below.)


Butterfly-Stab - French entry by Marc Chevrolet was one of most unorthodox '55 Wakefield entries. No trim problems, flew well.


6th-by Guido Fea of Italy. Age 29, modeling since 1940. Has been on 5 In­ternational teams, won several National contests. 46'h" span, folding 2-blader; powered by 18 strands of Pirelli, Jap tissue covered, 5 coats dope for fuselage and 2 coats for wing and stab. Right! right trim.

2nd-by Anders Hakansson of Sweden. Age 28, built first model in 1934, mem­ber of all-Swedish Wakefield teams since 1950, with exception of '51. 45'h" span model, has freewheeling 2-blader (Dun­lop rubber) and untapered wing. J ap tissue covered. Right/right trim.


3rd-by Vincenzo Scardicchio of Italy. Age 33, started modelling in 1938. First Championships, but has won several National events in Italy. 47~" span,

folding 2-blader, powered by 16 strands of Pirelli, C.G. is at wing T. E. Jap tissue covered, 1 coat dope. Right/left




4th-by Josef Altman of Germany. A modeler since 1935, has won one Ger­man National contest. First time on International team. 47'4" span, folding 2-blader, powered by 14 strands of Pi­relll. Balances well forward at 1/3 chord. J ap tissue covered, 3 coats dope, Right! left trim.

4th-by Josef Altman of Germany. A modeler since 1935, has won one Ger­man National contest. First time on International team. 47'4" span, folding 2-blader, powered by 14 strands of Pi­relll. Balances well forward at 1/3 chord. J ap tissue covered, 3 coats dope, Right! left trim.

F~A.I. FREE FLIGHT POWER COMPETITION                                                              :



U.S. F IF Power team had widely assorted models, but all Torp .15 powered. Lt. to rt. from back are: Bill Hartin: team mana_qer Bob Champine: Ernie Shailor: Harry Gould and Otis GOBS.

third man In fly-off In F IF Power, was Canada's Bryant Jones, who also used Oliver Tiqer diesel like willner Gaster. Neat slmple ship featured hiqh aspect ratio winq and stab.



2na (below-by Francisco Stajcer of Ar­gentina. Simple straight-forward (but rather bulky) slabsider pylon, powered by Torp .15 (8" x 4" Tornado prop), with multi-spar wing and stab. Span 51~". Entire model silk covered, 6 coats of dope. Right/left trim.


Forward-fin VTO Austrian design (right) by Oskar Czepa was powered by E. D. 2.46, first seen at '53 Championships in England.


Marla Rudolph was only woman free fllqht contestant to fly. She placed in 8th for Germany, with thls E.D. 2.46 twin-finned pylon. German team was 5th.

Scimuel Davila of Mexico placed 22nd with this unusual forward­fin F iF entry. Plenty of unorthodox ships flown at '55 Champion­ships with VTO take-offs a common siqht.


High-thrust line Austra­lian entry (left) by Bond Baker had beautifully clean lines, "fish-tall" stab fins and wing tip fins,


3rd-by Bryant Jones of Canada. Mem­ber of Avro model club. Holds Canadian Class B F IF and A speed records. Many different-size versions of some basic de­Sign built. Powered by tuned Oliver Tiger, span 65~". "Skysail" covered. 4 coats dope, 1 of fuel proofer. Right/right.



German winner Rudolf Lindner (top, left) and his sleek pod and boom design. He won last year with similar model, using same pair of wings. (top, right):


Italy won team crown-highest scorer was Enzo Giusti (hiding at left!). Enzo flew another model in contest


-without tip fins. Swedish team was 2nd, France 3rd and U.S.A. 14th. Herb Kothe (lower, left) was top scoring man in U.S. glider team, with 7th. Others in team were well down list, U.S.A. did best in F/F and


·Wakefield. (lower, right): Italian flyer Enzo Giusti was just 10 seconds behind winner, which gave him 4th. Design was one of many unorthodox entries.


3rd-by Rolf Hagel of Sweden. Age 20, modeling since 1949. Member of 1 pre­vious A/2 team and 3 power teams. Design is 77" span, has hardwood wing spars, Gott. 417 wing airfoil and thin undercambered stab airfoil.

2nd-by Bob Gilroy of Gt. Britain. Age 34, started modeling in 1937. 71" span design has Hansen wing airfoil (spruce spars) and. Hacklinger stab airfoil. Un­usual feature: stubby H4" nose for quick stall recovery. Modelspan tissue, with two coats of dope. Circles left.



Tip-Finned pylon stick A/2 glider entry by Laslo Pinter of Yugoslavia made pos­sible complete elimination of dihedral.

Forward-fin model by Britain's John O'Donnell of Wakefield fame, performed well; placed 19th in '53 Championships.