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October, 2001


Triad Leadership: Rob Jensen 544-2827 Board Members:
Steve Cole 838-6315
Larry Childs 794-8487 Dino House 894-7878
Secretary: Larry Miller 577-0496 Website Coordinators:
Treasurer: Dale Chiaroni 585-0476 Mike Beito 408-379-6929
Newsletter: Gary Child 579-2325 Tom Nowelsky 836-1037
Events Coordinator: Larry Frank 546-875

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7:30 PM



By Larry Childs

At the next general meeting, on Tuesday, October 16, nominations will be held for the club officers.

A sizeable number of us have decided to step down and we are hoping for some new blood in the leadership.

Please take some time and think about how you might like to become involved in your club.

There has been a lack of interest in how and why our club is run the way it is. We would appreciate some new involvement and fresh ideas.

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By Chuck Green

The F4U-1 and FG-1 Corsairs were designed with a tight canopy making it very difficult to see over the nose for carrier landings and impossible to see ahead to taxi without fishtailing. Marine policy was to not paint successful kills or strikes on the aircraft since pilots were not assigned specific aircraft. The models changed from F4U-1/1A through the 1D. most changes improved performance or speed and each change was met with great enthusiasm Nothing improved the moral as much as the expertise this civilian brought with him.

Charles Lindbergh flew some 30 missions in the F4U-1A and FG-1A all the time testing his fuel cruise control theory. At the end of each flight he would stick his fuel tanks to accurately measure the fuel remaining and compare with the other aircraft on the mission. He always had more fuel so he began teaching the squadron pilots of VMF 121 and VMF 115, better fuel management for longer range.

The fuel mixture control had three notches, "Auto Rich" for full power, "Auto Lean" for cruise and the "Idle Cut Off". The Auto Lean would be compared to what we use on our RC engines, just a few clicks richer than the stoichiometric range, or using excess fuel to keep the engine cooler. Lindbergh’s theory was to lean through the stoichiometricic range and use excess air to keep the engine cool. The object was to monitor the CHT {cylinder head temp} without readjusting the cowl flaps while the mixture was leaned. If the CHT increased you were too rich, if the air speed dropped a needle width you were too lean. It worked and this extended the pilots range by about 30%. as a result the new model "G" came with a BMEP gauge. Brake Mean Effective Pressure, this was like a torque meter of the engine and was used to measure torque change as the engine was leaned which gave the pilot a much more accurate tool for fuel management.

Lindbergh was asked to do some comparison of single engine to twin engine fighters, this of course was in preparation of the invasion of Japan. He moved from Moret field to Dipolog some 20 miles south where the 475th fighter Grp, 5th Air Force P-38 squadron under command of Col. Charles MacDonald was stationed. The Corsairs were 10 to 20 MPH faster than the P-38 but did not have the range or ceiling of the P-38 Lightning.

On one four plane mission 400 miles deep into Japanese territory enemy fighters came up to engage them and C.A.L. got his one and only kill. By this time he had close to 90 hours combat time and had convinced the Marine and Air Force pilots to use the long range cruise control. This information specifically led to fighter protection of bombers over Palau

Is. the stronghold of the Japanese defense and was the doorstep to Gen. MacArther’s return to the Philippines.

In the end Charles A. Lindbergh, "The Lone Eagle", favored the single engine plane just as he did when he selected and modified the "Spirit of St. Louis".

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By Tom Nowelsky

It is with deep sadness that I announce the retirement of your Newsletter Editor, Gary Child. The sadness stems from the fact that I have been drafted as interim Newsletter Editor, until a replacement can be found. This is likely to take a number of years.

Gary was Newsletter editor for about two years and did an outstanding job. This is a very time consuming job, requiring major effort and interrupting the model building/flying that we all cherish. When you see Gary, thank him for his great work on your behalf.

One of the major problems that Gary found, was that articles were frequently not forwarded to him in a timely way, in order to get the newsletter out prior to each monthly meeting.

The Newsletter editor must receive all articles, arrange them in the Newsletter, edit them for grammar, spelling, punctuation, and produce a master copy. Then he must go to the printer and have the copies made. Following that he must address and stamp each newsletter and get them into the mail prior to the Friday preceding the monthly meeting.

The Newsletter editor should not have to also search around for the information needed to publish each month. Accordingly, I intend to simply cut off all submissions at the end of the day on the second Tuesday of each month. The Newsletter will go to press on Wednesday morning, and anything not in by the second Tuesday will be relegated to the newsletter of the following month.

Currently, we are E-mailing about 80 to 90 newsletters each month, and these should by received by the second Thursday or Friday of each month. About 40 to 50 mailed copies should be received by the second Friday or Saturday of each month. If you don’t get yours, please let me know.

I can be reached at 836-1037, or email me at tnowel@cwia.com

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SEPTEMBER 18, 2001

The meeting was called to order at 7:30 pm. There were 26 members present and several guests.

Rob brought in lots of great door prizes and raffle goodies.

Members were informed of a memorial fly-in at the Ukiah Propbusters field for Len Ledson, who recently passed away after a long illness. Len was also a member of our club until illness forced him to retire from club activities.

Members were also reminded of the upcoming annual Neil Taylor picnic and fun-fly at our field on Saturday, the 7th of October.

Larry Childs gave a report on our participation in the annual Pacific Coast Air Museum air show. They liked our display of model aircraft well enough to invite us back again next year, with maybe the possibility of doing a flying demonstration for the public.

It is with great sadness to have to report the recent passing of two more club members,

Bob Castetter and Walter Bass. We didn't see Walter much at field but anyone who has been flying for any length of time knew Bob. These guys will be sorely missed.

The guys that traveled to Reno for the annual air races reported that the races were canceled this year by the FAA because of the Trader Tower incident in New York.All civilian aircraft were grounded.

The raffle was held next with the winner of the 50/50 being Larry Childs.

For show and tell, Phillip Leech brought in the wing of a Sig Senior Cadet. It seems that this was all that was left after using the same rubber bands one too many times.We all learned a valuable lesson here, especially Phillip, about using old rubber bands for wing hold-downs. The fuel that gets on them just eats them up. Throw them away after a day of flying and use new ones the next time you fly. It's cheap insurance. Also, be sure to use plenty of them.

The meeting was adjourned at 9 pm.

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By Tom Nowelsky

Unfortunately, I was able to be at the field infrequently, since my last report. As a result I have very little to report. Elsewhere in this newsletter is the report of the Neil Taylor Fun Fly, which was one of the most enjoyable days I can remember. Many thanks go to Robbie Jensen who did a fantastic job putting the event together. Also we are all grateful to Phil Leech and his crew who put together a delicious bar-b-que lunch. I know that no one left hungry. Last, but not least, we thank Dave Higgins and his helpers for their hard work in judging the events.

It seems that the more things change, the more they stay the same. We do have a group of recent members who are busy tearing up the sky at the field. Few days go by without a memorable event, as they sacrifice their equipment to the learning process. I cannot, however, report details, because people are much to busy enjoying the hobby, to take the time to tell me about their trials and tribulations. Hopefully, by next month, I’ll have more to tell you about.

Till then, Happy Flying!

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By Rob Jensen

Well it looks like flying season is waning, now that fall is here. I guess I may be able to finish a few projects that I have had on the back burner for a while. September was a busy month for me. Two contests, and a trip to Reno!

Steve Cole and I made our annual trip to the Pac-Nats 12th scale combat meet. Once again a great time was had by all. I three planes to sacrifice to Steve’s four. I loaned one of my planes to Brian Gaither, who on the next flight lost the elevator servo in flight. Luckily it stuck in a semi neutral position and he was able to fly it back with ailerons and throttle. He made a perfect approach and even put it on the carrier with NO ELEVATOR! We changed the servo and off he went to the first round. He only lasted till the fourth, when a mid-air took him out.

I had just completed my P-51B Mustang and put a test flight on it. It flew extremely well and I decided to use it for my primary plane and save the evil flying Fw-190 for a backup. I made it three rounds then I dead-sticked it in with the prop and spinner missing. Turns out I had thrown a connecting rod in the new O.S. .25 FX so that one was done for the rest of the day. I flew the FW-190 the rest of the day and Steve stayed clean, and got a few cuts, too.

We went to Jeff Weiss' Airborne Hobbies that night and I got the P-51B back together. The next day in the first round I had a mid air that just nicked the wing and pulled one aileron off. I still had control but roll control was sluggish. I elected to land and survey the damage. The left aileron was pulled from the torque rod and outer hinges and was only held on by one inner hinge! It was fixed and ready to go for the next round. The very next flight was fine up until about half way I noticed lack of positive roll control. apparently I had more damage from the previous hit. I ended up pancaking it in pretty hard. That plane was done for the meet. I flew the back up for the rest of the day without incident.

Steve had been putting up respectable scores all weekend, and he still had all his planes! His last round of the meet was a thing of beauty. Flying his trusty Pica F4U Corsair he managed to get FOUR cuts, keep his entire streamer and land on the carrier deck to boot. We were both exited and yelling with delight. Come to find out later, Steve had just missed putting up the highest round for the meet and nearly winning the Top Gun trophy. In the end Steve went home with all his planes, some good prizes and a great time to boot! We finished 7th and 8th respectively.

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Officers 2004:

President: Stevo Smith
Vice President: Phil Leech
Secretary: Larry Miller
Treasurer: Tom Haddorff
Member at Large Sid Maxwell
Board Members 2004:
John Reade

Gary Child

  Ralph Grella

Brody Carlson

Guy Nicholas

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