When you hear the words “Top Gun,” you think of someone who is the very best at what he does: banging away at the target aircraft. But Top Gun is also a scale contest at which the very best scale RC builders and fliers from all over the country-and the world-come to do battle. Not just a scale meet, Top Gun is a “by-invitation only” competition for which fliers must earn the right to be considered. Top Gun is the very best of the best competing for the highest honors.
For 15 years, the major Top Gun sponsors have been Model Airplane News and Pacer Technology (Zap glue), and over the years, the event has gar- nered an impressive list of supporters without whom it could not function. Top Gun 2003 was held in late April at the impressive Lakeland Linder regional airport in Lakeland, FL. This site has proven to be the best ever and is truly ideally suited to Top Gun’s high standards. It provides a wide-open flying area with no restrictions on the pilots or on the planes.
Top Gun is as much a social event as it is a contest. A lot of work is involved in accommodating 70 to 80 contestants and making everything work out smoothly. Sixteen paid judges, several scorekeepers and the many members of the host Imperial RC Club all make it come together. A staff of five sets everything up and tears it down, and 10 dedicated workers cover every chore from parking cars to latrine duly.