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Road to Top Gun 2017

Road to Top Gun — Roger Niolet’s Nieuport 28 C.1

Road to Top Gun — Roger Niolet’s Nieuport 28 C.1

Involved with RC nearly all his life, Roger Niolet from Sarasota FL have been involved in competition flying RC airplanes for the last 10 years. This year Roger will again be flying his Nieuport 28 C.1 as a Team Scale entry. The builder of the Nieuport is David Barry worked very hard to build and […]
Road to Top Gun — Dean Copeland’s  L-39 Albatros

Road to Top Gun — Dean Copeland’s L-39 Albatros

Coming to Top Gun from Omaha, NE., Dean Copeland will be flying his impressive Aero L-39 Albatros. This will be Dean’s 10th year competing at Top Gun, and his first year flying a jet in the Pro Jet class. The plane is a BVM 1/5th scale L-39 Albatros, it has a wing span of 74 […]
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Road to Top Gun — Walt Alexander’s Family Affair

Road to Top Gun — Walt Alexander’s Family Affair

From Decatur, TN, Walter Alexander will be flying his 1/3 scale Fokker D.VII in the Pro-AM Sport class at Top Gun. Walt’s aircraft is modeled after Carl Degelow’s aircraft from WWII.  Built from a Balsa USA 1/3-scale kit, it has a 118 inch span and weighs in at 38 pounds. Walt chose a Zenoah GT80 […]
ROAD TO TOP GUN — Vince Veltri’s Westland Lysander

ROAD TO TOP GUN — Vince Veltri’s Westland Lysander

Competing this year in the PRO-AM Sportsman class, Vinve Veltri will be flying for his 14th time at the Top Gun scale invitational with his 1/5-scale Westland Lysander.  Vince says he can’t wait to compete again. Not 100% sure, but Vince thinks he’ll be oldest pilot there at the age of 81! Built from the […]
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Road to Top Gun — Brian Blois’ F-16C Fighting Falcon

Road to Top Gun — Brian Blois’ F-16C Fighting Falcon

Flying RC since he was 10, Brian Blois from Winter Park, CO  will be competing for the first time at Top Gun and will fly his BVM PNP F-16C 1/6-scale F-16C painted in the Alaska Air National Guard “Aggressor” scheme. Brian believes it’s a perfect candidate for competition in the X Class. Brian enjoys many […]
Road to Top Gun: Mike Barbee’s  King Air C-90

Road to Top Gun: Mike Barbee’s King Air C-90

If you’ve thought that electric powered airplanes aren’t all that exciting, wait till you get a load of Mike Barbee’s latest Top Gun entry, the King Air C-90 twin. Teaming up with pilot Frank Noll, they will be competing with the King Air C-90 in the Team Class. The 25% scale King Air twin is […]
Road to Top Gun — Robert Russ’ 46% Pitts Special

Road to Top Gun — Robert Russ’ 46% Pitts Special

Who says Top Gun is only for warbirds? This 46% Pitts Special called “The Red Eagle” is the handy work of Robert Russ from Center Hill, Florida, and it is certainly not just a “Target”! Competing in the Expert class, Robert built the big Pitts from an EMHW S1-S kit and made into a S1T. It is powered by […]
Road to Top Gun — Fernando Bellegarde’s Mitchell PBJ-1J

Road to Top Gun — Fernando Bellegarde’s Mitchell PBJ-1J

Built from a Ziroli B-25 plans and enlarged to 118 inch wingspan, this US Navy/Marines PBJ – 1J is the work of Fernando Bellegarde who will be flying in the Pro-Sport class. Using two DLE 40cc gas engines for power, the PBJ has robart retracts,Sierra scale wheel wheels and carries 22 servos. It has a functional […]
Road to Top Gun — Chuck Hamilton’s Douglas SDB-3 Dauntless Dive-Bomber

Road to Top Gun — Chuck Hamilton’s Douglas SDB-3 Dauntless Dive-Bomber

Chuck Hamilton from Bremen, IN will be competing for the first time at the 2017 Top Gun Scale Invitational. Chuck have been preparing myself since he got back in to the hobby 15 years ago and he’ll be flying his beautiful SDB-3 Dauntless. Every model he has built in some way ties to his father […]
Road to Top Gun — Jamie Fiffles’ Chance Vought F4U Corsair

Road to Top Gun — Jamie Fiffles’ Chance Vought F4U Corsair

Jaime Fiffles is once again making his trek from Los Angeles to Lakeland FL to compete at Top Gun. This year he will be flying in Expert with his 1/4-scale F4U Corsair which spans 122 inches. Scratch built from Don Smith plans Jaime’s aircraft is all wood, with detailed rivet and panel lines. It is […]
Road to Top Gun — Bret Becker and his amazing North American XB-70 Valkyrie

Road to Top Gun — Bret Becker and his amazing North American XB-70 Valkyrie

Intended to be the ultimate deep-penetration nuclear equipped strategic bomber, the North American Aviation XB-70 Valkyrie looks like it jumped off the pages of a Buck Rogers pulp-fiction comic book. The six-engined bomber was capable of reaching speeds in access of Mach 3 while flying at an altitude of 70,000 feet. The XB-70’s maiden flight […]
Road to Top Gun — Rogerio Araujo’s Brazilian P-47 Thunderbolt

Road to Top Gun — Rogerio Araujo’s Brazilian P-47 Thunderbolt

Team Brazil will be in full force at Paradise Field this year. Our good friend and Brazilian flying buddy Rogerio Araujo is coming to Top Gun with a new entry this year in the form of his P-47 dressed in Brazilian Air Force. Used in the European Theater of Operations, Italy during 1944 – 1945. […]
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