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Top Gun Flightline Highlights — Photos from David Hart

Top Gun Flightline Highlights — Photos from David Hart

As we dig into all the amazing photos and data from the recent Top Gun Scale Invitational, the MAN team is now busy laying out our coverage for the September issue of MAN. Starting with our pre-event “Road to Top Gun” online sneak peek (also published in the June issue), the editors, and out talented […]
Top Gun Snapshots — Great Pix from the Flightline

Top Gun Snapshots — Great Pix from the Flightline

We’re very excited for 2017 Mr. Top Gun winner Jack Diaz, but there were a whole lot of other amazing airplanes at this year’s Scale Invitational in Lakeland, FL. Check out these great shots from Top Gun photographers and competitors, David Hart, Barry Vaught, Rich Uravitch, Sean Curry and Ray Lebonte. Thanks everyone.
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Mr. Top Gun 2017 — Jack Diaz — Fouga Magister

Mr. Top Gun 2017 — Jack Diaz — Fouga Magister

Flying his impressive 1/4.5-scale  Fouga Magister, Jack Diaz earned the “Mr. Top Gun” title for the second time. His Fouga Magister was a knockout in its all red paint job and Jack built the jet from the Philip Avonds kit. The paint scheme is from the 2005 Belgian Air Force Red Devils Solo Display aircraft. Jack also […]
Highlights from Top Gun Flightline

Highlights from Top Gun Flightline

It’s been a busy week and Top Gun 2017 is now in the record books. Here are some highlight shots from the flightline. Be sure to pencil in next year for this Greatest RC show in the country.  
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Top Gun — Day One — Some Snapshots and the Flight Scores

Top Gun — Day One — Some Snapshots and the Flight Scores

We have several friends and flying buddies on the Top Gun flightline looking for some action. We’ll update the site as we get more images from Paradise Field!   Today’s First Round Flight Scores by David Hart. (Above) Ray Labonte’s CARF-Models Skygate Edition Bae Hawk Frank Fels with his 1/3-scale Balsa USA Fokker D.VII Craftsmanship […]
Road to Top Gun — Phillip Koury and his Wake Island Grumman F4F-3 Wildcat

Road to Top Gun — Phillip Koury and his Wake Island Grumman F4F-3 Wildcat

Traveling from Picayune, Mississippi, Phillip Koury will be competing in the Expert class with his impressive Grumman F4F-3 Wildcat. Built with laser cut parts for the Jerry Bates plans, Phil’s 1/5-scale Wildcat was not build it initially for scale competition. Phil enjoys reading Military History and one day he checked out the book “Wake Island […]
Road to Top Gun — Pilot Roster and Award Sponsors

Road to Top Gun — Pilot Roster and Award Sponsors

All the paperwork is in and the event is well on its way for planning and organization. Here’s the most recent copy of the Pilot Roster and the list of Award sponsors. Click here for TOP GUN 17 ROSTER Frank Tiano and all the rest of his hard working staff wish to thanks the following […]
Top Gun Video Interview from Warbird Alley

Top Gun Video Interview from Warbird Alley

Without a doubt, the most popular tent this year at Top Gun belonged to P.J. Ash. P.J. is the motivator behind the Warbird Alley gang, and Warbird Alley is the watering hole at the Top Gun flightline! It’s also where the MAN crew set up our home base! This year, P.J. had three huge tents to house all the models […]
Road to Top Gun — Captain Ralph Esposito and his Brazilian Thunderbolt

Road to Top Gun — Captain Ralph Esposito and his Brazilian Thunderbolt

Coming from Sao Paulo, Brazil, Ralph Esposito will be competing in the Expert class this year with his impressive P-47D Thunderbolt. Ralph says: “Very few people know that the Brazilian Air Force fought against the Axis in Italy using P-47 Thunderbolts given to them by the United States. I always wanted to model one of […]
Road to Top Gun — Mike Grady’s Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress

Road to Top Gun — Mike Grady’s Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress

Top Gun regular Mike Grady is again competing this year with his well tried, B-17G in the Unlimited class. David Payne will again be the bomber pilot. Mike’s B-17G model is 1/9th and is finished in the B-17G “Nine –O-Nine” colors flown by the 323 Squadron, 91st Bomb Group and completed 140 missions without a […]
Road to Top Gun — Dino DiGiorgio’s X-Class Tucano

Road to Top Gun — Dino DiGiorgio’s X-Class Tucano

Competing at Top Gun since 1992, Dino DiGiorgio really doesn’t need an introduction to those interested in scale RC. Winner of nine Top Gun titles, Dino is competing this year in the new X-Class with his 90-inch span Tucano. Designed for ARF models only, this class is intended to be a competition between aircraft that […]
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