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On The Flightline Vol. 5 Issue 8

Latest News Top Gun Live coverage Last weekend, Debra Cleghorn and Gerry Yarrish traveled down to Lakeland, FL to cover the Top Gun Scale Invitational. They were on the flightline for interviews with the builders, up-close details and in-the-air videos. Check out ModelAirplaneNews.com for their complete coverage and marvel at the great detail that goes […]
Biplanes at Top Gun

Biplanes at Top Gun

What more need be said?! Each of these multi-wing beauties looked and flew great! Above is the cockpit detail of the Glenn Torrance Models 1/3-scale Fokker D-VII that won 1st place in Team Scale. Flown by the team of Tom Kosewski (pilot) and Glenn Torrance (builder), this amazing WW1 German fighter was detailed inside and […]
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Father of Giant Scale at Top Gun

Father of Giant Scale at Top Gun

The father of Giant scale Nick Ziroli Sr. was on hand with his beautiful Beechcraft Staggerwing done up in Navy colors. Nick is in the Masters class at Top Gun
Dave Johnson on the flightline at Top Gun

Dave Johnson on the flightline at Top Gun

The ever present Dave Johnson is caught wrenching on his very successful Albatros D.V. Except for a less than perfect landing, Dave doing pretty good here at the Paradise Field version of Top Gun. Will be interesting to see where he places this year!
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Top Gun goes micro?

Top Gun goes micro?

The static judges check out Dave Johnson’s ultra micro SE5a. Could micro models be a new Top Gun trend?!
Turtle rescue!

Turtle rescue!

Someone obviously did not inform this turtle that his field had turned into an active runway! A Top Gun flightline crew member moved him out of harm’s way so he could continue his journey.
Team Zap

Team Zap

Herschel Worthy (far left) and Team Zap pose for the camera. Zap is a Primary sponsor of Top Gun, and their team was in full force.
Dave Wigley’s Wyvern- Best Sounding Plane at Top Gun!

Dave Wigley’s Wyvern- Best Sounding Plane at Top Gun!

Dave Wigley’s Wyvern has a 100cc gas engine and it turns a 3-blade prop. There is a dummy scale (non-powered) second counter-rotating set of props mounted in front of the powered set and it sounds like an amazing warbird when it flies by! Awesome Dave!!! The torpedo drop is cool too!
F-111 Aardvark

F-111 Aardvark

If you don’t know what an F-111 is, this is going to be a real treat! It is one of the first USAF aircraft with sweep wing geometry and the full size was also used in Desert Storm. A long history of amazing service. This impressive RC F-111 was flown by Ray Johns and by the talented […]
Brian O’Meara’s Amazing F-84F

Brian O’Meara’s Amazing F-84F

Placing 8th in Pro-Am/Pro Brian O’Meara flew this great looking F-model F-84. This is the first jet Brian have flown in competition and he  had well over 100 flights on the model before attending Top Gun. From the “Phantasy In Blue” the swept wing Thunderjet  is powered by a Jetcat 200 turbine and is painted in […]
My nemesis … the lovebug

My nemesis … the lovebug

Outnumbering the planes and people here at Top Gun are these March flies, aka “lovebugs.” According to an internet source, lovebugs are actually beneficial to the Gulf Coast, where theymostly  live, because as larvae they eat other detrimental insects and as adults eat only nectar. And although they don’t sting or bite, they are hugely annoying because […]
Top Gun People of Interest!

Top Gun People of Interest!

Without the people, there is no Top Gun!!! Ana and Eduardo Estevez at the flightline Friday Static detail and Outline Judges Lee Henderson and Bob Curry. Craftsmanship judge Rich Uravitch far right. Dave Johnson (AKA Albatros Pilot) and Hobbico design and development manager. TEAM Glenn Torrance Models Dave Wigley with his amazing Westland Wyvern S4 […]
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