If you love WW1 aircraft, you must have noticed that there are a lot of “Dawn Patrol” events springing up all over the country. Well, one of the very first, inspired by the WW1 Jamboree at the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome, is the very successful event on Long Island. Hosted by the Long Island Sky Hawks club, this Dawn Patrol always draws a nice collection of RC aeroplanes and they don’t just sit around looking pretty. The guys from the LISH club have turned their Dawn Patrol from a regular multi-wing fun fly, to an even more fun semi-competition. There’s low pressure events like the Bomb Drop, Balloon Bust and a Spot Landing to add to your flight scores.
Several club members camp out at the Dawn Patrol meet and put in their first flights in the wee hours of the morning.
(Above) Video courtesy of Ron Preston
And there is always action around the balloon bust target area!
Also as a special bonus, club member Nick Ziroli Jr., made several low level passes with his beautiful Stearman Biplane.
And for the flightline, there’s always tons of WW1 eye candy to see up close and in the traffic pattern.
There were about 35 pilots at this year’s event and a lot of WW1 biplanes on the flightline and in the traffic pattern. The club’s flying field is also a great reason to come and fly as part of the Dawn Patrol event! It’s actually on a Sod Farm field and smooth as a putting green!
Be sure to check out the club’s Facebook page for more information on the Dawn Patrol event and for pix of the club members’ building projects.
See ya in the trenches next year , the event is always the first weekend in August!
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