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Road to Top Gun 2016

Top Gun 2016 Round Up — Exclusive Facts, Video and Photos

Top Gun 2016 Round Up — Exclusive Facts, Video and Photos

So, the 2016 Top Gun Scale Invitational held on Paradise Field in Lakeland, FL is now in the history books and our big, detailed 26 page extravaganza will be featured in the upcoming August issue of Model Airplane News. The whole MAN Team worked extremely hard to get the coverage done and we are sure […]
Gerry’s Tricky Triplane at Top Gun

Gerry’s Tricky Triplane at Top Gun

I was extremely pleased with myself and with how well my big Triplane performed at my first ever Top Gun event. It had been several years since I flew in front of the judges so I tried to slow down and stay calm. I have to admit the butterflies in my belly were working overtime. […]
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The MAN Team at Top Gun

The MAN Team at Top Gun

Well, the trip is done and the event is now in the history books, but the 2016 Top Gun scale Invitational was an amazing experience and to fun and exciting time to renew old friendships and to make new ones. This year, MAN editor Gerry Yarrish headed down to Lakeland, FL., early and started flying […]
Mr. Top Gun: Peter Goldsmith & his F-104 Starfighter

Mr. Top Gun: Peter Goldsmith & his F-104 Starfighter

After earning the highest static score in his class (98.5 points!) with his Airworld F-104, Peter Goldsmith went on to earn 196.417 points overall. His giant, 11-foot-long F-104 dominated the flightline, and Peter noted that he watched many videos of the full-size aircraft so that he could better simulate its flying style, speed, takeoff angles […]
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Triplane Tricks at Top Gun

Triplane Tricks at Top Gun

Well, today on Friday, I posted my third flight round with my Fokker Triplane. Much better than yesterday when I suffered a deadstick in the middle of round 2. It turned out that the clunk and pickup line came undone in my gas tank! Small things matter. Anyway, after a repair and replumbing the gas […]
Top Gun Flightline Action

Top Gun Flightline Action

Well, the action here at Top Gun has been non-stop. The weather is very hot but with almost no wind at all, everyone is putting in great flights. From Civilian and WW1 to WW2 warbirds and Jets, the flightline is a constant bed or excitement! Here are just some of the great airplanes filling the […]
Top Gun — First Flight Success

Top Gun — First Flight Success

After a long time on planning and repairing and adjusting, the Fokker Triplane performed perfectly at Top Gun. With 4-time Mr. Top Gun winner Dave Wigley as my caller, What did I have to worry about! Stay tuned for some flight shots coming soon. Engine running perfectly and the flight sequence all figured out, we […]
MAN @ Top Gun — Day one with Gerry

MAN @ Top Gun — Day one with Gerry

Amazing weather, beautiful planes and lots of scale action to view. Here are just some of the airplanes flying on day one at Top Gun.        
Top Gun Live from the Flightline!

Top Gun Live from the Flightline!

Model Airplane News followed the Road to Top Gun and we are excited to finally be here at Paradise Field! Now celebrating its 28th year, this scale invitational brings the best builders and pilots from around the world together for a weekend of friendly scale competition. Early War triplanes, modern jets, South Pacific fighters … […]
Road to Top Gun — Focke-Wulf Butcher Bird — Back from the Ashes!

Road to Top Gun — Focke-Wulf Butcher Bird — Back from the Ashes!

Regular Top Gun contestant, Matt Lupri from Hyde Park, MA., is again coming to compete in the Expert class. This time he will be flying his nicely rebuilt Focke-Wulf FW 190A-8. After crashing it at the 2012 Top Gun, Matt rebuilt his all-wood warbird, originally built from Roy Vaillancourt plans, and it now has a new DLE-120 gas […]
Paving the Road to Top Gun — Frank Tiano on TV!

Paving the Road to Top Gun — Frank Tiano on TV!

We just heard from the Top Gun man himself, Frank Tiano, that he and chief static judge Bob Curry  were invited to the NBC Tampa Channel 8 studio to film a segment they will air about Top Gun. Its a great opportunity to let everyone know what this Top Gun event is all about and […]
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