OUTSIDER LOOKING IN
By Jonathan Child
Dear Wine Country Flyers:
I have always been interested in remote control airplanes. Building and
flying r/c airplanes is a way for me to escape my everyday life and get away for a few
hours. My father, Gary Child, saw my enjoyment in the hobby and he also wanted to get in
the sport with me. I do not live with my dad. I live in Salt Lake City, Utah with my
mother but I visit my father whenever I can.
This letter is being written to say thanks to Wine Country Flyers and
everyone associated with them. I rarely get to fly in Utah, so whenever I am in Santa Rosa
with my dad, we always make it up to the field as much as we can. Everyone that I have met
that belongs to Wine Country Flyers has been so kind to me and they treat me like a member
of the Club. Rob Jensen taught me how to fly my first time ever at the field. He did not
have to teach me, but he took time out of his day instead of flying himself to teach me.
Robbie and Steve Cole have both been very helpful answering questions that I have
concerning the sport. Steve Jensen was talking to me one day about profile planes and
offered to give me a set of his old plans. These people did not have to do any of this,
but were very generous and kind. Another person that I appreciate is Jeff Costa. He is one
of the funniest and friendliest guys in the Club. One of my best memories with Jeff so far
is having him invite my dad and me to the float pond and we were able to see his Sea
Master fly (and to see Jeff swim).
I am very satisfied with the Club and the way that it is turning out.
The improvements that the Club is always making are helping so much. I wish the best for
the Club and everyone involved in the sport of remote control flying.
P.S.This message goes out to "Red." Hows your
swamp buggy coming along? Mine turned out awesome! I am so glad that I finished it. There
were a lot of trials that I had to overcome in making it run properly, but I finished it
and it runs great! It slides into its turns, skips and glides on top of the water, and is
just an all-out blast to "fly." Good luck to your swamp buggy, your store and
have fun flying.
You have a great Club,
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By Tom Nowelsky
Im sorry to report that this column will be a little sparse. I
just wasnt able to get to the field as often as I would have liked. Im sure
that many amazing events transpired since the last report, but few of them were witnessed
by this reporter, and fewer still were related by the participants and/or witnesses.
I do know that, on Sunday, August 12th, early arrivals found
the field in "zero/zero" conditions. That is zero ceiling and zero visibility.
Perhaps Im exaggerating a bit, but Kevin Riecke, who was the first into the air,
reported that upon takeoff, the plane soon disappeared into the fog. It was a matter of
simply waiting for it to lose altitude in order to regain control. Sounds rather scary to
I, myself managed to damage my current Tiger 2. I was low and slow on a
south to north approach. The winds were gusty and across the runway (as usual), and the
plane stalled at low altitude. The wind got under the wing and it cart-wheeled just short
of the runway. Damage included a gear on the throttle servo, broken firewall, broken wing
hold-down plates, and the tongue at the leading edge of the wing was sheared off. Repairs
are currently underway.
Leo Shvarzberg experienced one of those "I shoulda stayed in
bed" days recently. During the preflight of his Ultimate Biplane, one of the
pull/pull cables on the rudder fell off. Larry Childs had his 12v soldering iron handy, so
the cable was quickly repaired, the OS .91 was fired up and away Leo went into the air.
Part way through the flight, however something did not seem quite right, and upon
completing a low pass, it became clear that the right aileron was simply fluttering in the
Fortunately, the plane was controllable with only one aileron, and a
successful landing was accomplished. Inspection revealed that a screw in the wing had come
loose and right aileron control was gone. Coincidentally, further inspection found that
the muffler had also come loose. One screw was gone, and the muffler was just hanging onto
the engine by the other screw. Far be it from me to suggest that Leo had a screw loose. He
described the whole incident as a "comedy of errors."
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AUGUST 11 - FAMILY
About thirty people (members and their families), were present at my
place on August 11 for some good food and some fellowship. Larry Childs marinated a bunch
of tri-tip roasts and also grilled some prawns. People brought side dishes and deserts,
including a great strawberry shortcake, provided by Doug Boucher and his bride.
A few members brought park flyers, but decided that the many trees in
the area, combined with a breezy afternoon, precluded any flights. Too bad.
Some of the families enjoyed the swimming pool, and many just relaxed
and had a few beers. All in all, everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.
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GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
JULY 17, 2001
By Larry Miller
The meeting was called to order by Larry Childs. Larry called
everyone's attention to the fact that there were refreshments available at the back of the
room. There were 31 members present.
There was no treasurer's report as the Treasurer
called in sick.
New members and guests were introduced.
The first order of business was the drawing of
the door prize. This was a Simple Series kit made by Ace and was won by Steve Cole.
Gary Child reported that the E-mailing of the newsletter was working
well even though a few bugs still exist. If you experience any problems in receiving your
copy, contact Gary immediately to remedy the situation.
Chuck Green donated a OS Max .10 engine for the
Tom Nowelsky issued a reminder of the upcoming social event at his home. Chuck Green gave a report on the happenings
at the float flying pond. Some work needs to be done there so a work party was set up,
headed up by Chuck.
Larry issued a reminder of the smoking ban at the
field. This is by order of the County. There are cigarette butts littering the ground up
there, an obvious indication that this rule is not being followed. If you insist on
smoking, do it in your vehicle and do not throw your butts on the ground, please.
A report was given on the Ukiah Fun Fly held
several weeks ago. A number of our members attended and some won some prizes. They also
won a prize for the club with the most members attending. There were more Wine Country
Flyers there than Ukiah Propbusters.
Next up was the raffle, the first drawing being
the 50/50. Joe Kagan was the lucky winner of a tidy sum of cash. Chuck Green won a MDS
engine, Tom Nowelsky took home the OS .10, plus many more goodies were handed out to other
Show and Tell was next on the agenda with Larry
Childs presenting his Regal Eagle Jet. This aircraft is capable of flying off our field so
everyone is looking forward to seeing this one take to the air in the near future.
Reminder: We will be attending the Pacific Coast
Air Museum air show with a display of some of our scale models and talking to the public
about our hobby. Be sure to come on out (August 18 & 19) and support a wonderful cause
and visit our booth.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:00 PM.
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AUGUST 8, 2001
The meeting was again held at Red's Hangar One Hobbies in Rohnert Park.
The upcoming PCAM display was discussed. Plans are coming along
great. We have plenty of volunteers to man the booth and we have some real nice scale
aircraft and helicopters promised for display.
Tom Nowelsky again reminded people of the
upcoming social event at his home.
It was brought up, voted on, and approved to
donate $250 to the Pacific Coast Air Museum.
There being no more business to discuss, we adjourned to the
parking lot to watch Rob fly his latest park flyer.
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Tentative Schedule of Events For
August 18-19: Pacific Coast Air Museum Air Show.
September Annual Neil Taylor picnic and fun fly. This is a family event. Free
BBQ for club members.
There are also several unscheduled events planned such as social events and pylon
racing. The dates for these will be announced when plans are finalized.
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FLOAT POND NEWS
By Chuck Green
It wasn't really a party but we all had a good time July 28
at the pond. Eight of us gathered at 8:30 to lay the R.R. ties to make steps from the road
down to shore, primarily to protect the irrigation system but also to prevent getting hurt
carrying airplanes and equipment down the steep bank.
We were done by 11:30 so Jeff Costa, Bill Jones and myself decided to
fly. I had my 9 foot Super Cub which takes 45 min. to assemble only to find out I had a
failed aileron servo. Jeff had been having trouble keeping his engine running so he got
lots of practice with "dead stick" landing, about the third time he ended up in
the bushes with some minor damage so called it quits. Bill Jones still put on a good show
so everybody enjoyed the flying.
I sure want to thank all who showed up for the hard work they did!! Gil
Delagnes, Tom Nowelsky, Bob Film; Jeff Costa; Bill Jones, Joe Olson and Phil Leach. Come
on guys lets put some floats on as old hangar queen and go fly.
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By Chuck Green
I graduated from high school in the spring of 43 as WW
II in Europe was beginning to look better but the Pacific Area was still looking grim. My
buddy and I joined the Marine Corps and since I had a note on my application about a hobby
building model planes I talked my way into aviation from boot camp.
Some training at Memphis Naval Air Station and a stint at Cherry Point
said I was ready for the Pacific. I was assigned to VMF 115, MAG 12 [ V=heavier than air,
M=marine, F= fighter, squadron 115] The CO was Maj Joe Foss [Joes Jokers ] a leading
Ace with 26 kills, the majority flying the F4F Grumman.
The squadron now had the new F4U Corsairs built by Chance-Vought. We
were deployed at Zamboango, an advanced fighter base in northern Mindanao, Philippine Is.
The strip had just been secured by the local guerrilla forces so our resources were
limited and our fuel was stored in 50 gal. barrels. A problem had developed with R 2800
radial engines that was peculiar to the island based Corsairs. The engines would
intermittently run rough and miss-fire to the point some missions had to be aborted. Maj.
Foss asked for help so Pratt&Whitney, a division of Ford Motor Co. sent a technical
advisor, a civilian!!
The advisor arrived in a Naval Officers uniform with no insignia or
rank. Contaminated fuel was a prime suspect but was soon eliminated. The advisor asked to
fly a few missions but he had less than ten hrs. in a Corsair so the CO was reluctant but
acceded to his wishes. The next suspect was the ignition system but we had been changing
spark plugs by the crates. On one occasion an ignition harness was pulled and there was
the problem, small minute cracks allowing the hot humid air and moisture into the harness.
Repairs were made and we were at full force again.
After some thirty missions all who came in contact with the civilian
had learned to respect his flying ability. We had two models of the Corsair, the F4U and
the FG1 built by General Motors, it had a 8 gal. water tank used for take-off or short
burst of power. Just move a lever on the throttle quadrant out of the way and a switch
would actuate the water pump. The civilian wanted to demonstrate the extra load capability
for the FG1 so he had a 2000 lb. bomb hung on the belly rack and a 1000 lb bomb under each
wing, an unheard of load for the Corsair. Early morning Sept 13,1944 the whole squadron
watched as this civilian lined up on the runway, checked the mags and started his roll. It
was more like he pulled the gear from under the plane than a take-off, two white streams
of tip vortex curled back a hundred yards as ground effect kept him flying. We all knew if
just one of those 36 spark plugs missed a beat he would never clear the palm trees but he
made it Maj. Foss and four other Corsairs followed with there 2000 lb. loads all headed
for Wotji Is. a Japanese held air field. That strip was never used again. There are no
official records of these activities but a search of Gen. Joe Fosss autobiography at
the Arizona Central Library reveals what the news people had to keep secret. The 42 year
old civilians name was Charles Augustus Lindbergh.
Next time;,C.A.L. engages the Japanese Air Defense
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