WW1 Buddies

Nov 05, 2013 No Comments by

I have to say, of all the people I’ve met during my involvement in Scale RC modeling, I have to give the title of best friend to my good RC flying buddy Sal Calvagna. We have shared a lot of airspace together and flown at many of the same warbird and fun fly events. We also have similar military experience and we were both in the USAF at the same time, though we never served together. We also both also have a soft spot for WW1 German aeroplanes, including Triplanes and Fokker D.VIIs. Here are a few pix that prove my point.

Sal's 1/4-scale Fokker Triplane

Sal’s 1/4-scale Fokker Triplane. Balsa USA kit and Zenoah G26

 Balsa USA Fokker D.VII

Sal preparing his quarter scale Balsa USA Fokker D.VII for another flight as caller Lou Cetrangelo looks on.

WW1 Buddies

Smoke on!


My Arizona Model Aircrafters Fokker D.VII Sachs 3.2 power

 Hangar 9 Fokker D.VII with Saito .82 power

My Hangar 9 Fokker D.VII with Saito .82 power

My Balsa USA 1/3-scale Fokker Triplane

My Balsa USA 1/3-scale Fokker Triplane. Zenoah GT80 power


Another of Sal’s awesome WW2 hats! No it’s not German!

So if you see us at a local or regional fly in, don’t mess with my buddy Sal! We both have bomb drops and we know how to used them!!! :^)

Align RC USA, Gerry Yarrish, Scale

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