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Top Gun 1995

Mar 15, 2012 No Comments

WHEN WE ARRIVED early on Thursday morning at the West Palm Beach Polo Club, site of the ’95 Top Gun Invitational, the excitement was thick in the air. Modelers from the U.S., Canada, South America and Europe were busily setting up their pit areas along a huge flight line hundreds of yards long. Gorgeous scale [...]

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Top Gun 1994

Mar 15, 2012 No Comments

Top Gun ’94, held from April 28 to May 1, was the fourth Top Gun to take place at the West Palm Beach Polo Club in West Palm Beach, FL. The flying field is a site of exquisite elegance and beauty. The huge polo field, with its well manicured, closely-cropped grass (and temporary, alternate runways) [...]

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Top Gun 1993

Mar 15, 2012 No Comments

The Weekend Of May 1 and 2 was perfect for the 5th Top Gear Scale Invitational held in sunny West Palm Beach, FL. With Temperatures in the mid 80s a carpet of lush grass on the huge flying site and 57 of the best scale model aircraft over built competing for thousands of dollars in [...]

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Top Gun 1992

Feb 23, 2012 No Comments

Thousands of model aviation buffs bent on having a good time flocked to sunny West Palm Beach, FL, this year to witness the fourth annual Top Gun Invitational. It was held on May 7 to 10 on the expansive, well-kept, putting-green-like grounds of the West Palm Beach Polo Club. Model Airplane News and Pacer Technology [...]

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Top Gun 1991

Feb 23, 2012 No Comments

THE 1991 TOP GUN Invitational, the third Top Gun in as many years, was the biggest and most colorful yet. From Thursday to Sunday, May 2 to 5, over 50 scale master pieces vied  for more than $25,000 in cash and prizes. Scale models of some of the finest planes in the history of aviation were exhibited and flown in what many regard as the finest scale aeromodeling [...]

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Top Gun 1990

Feb 23, 2012 No Comments

SUPPOSE THEY held a scale meet and everyone came?! That seems to have been what happened for Top Gun ’90, which was held in Mesa, AZ. ”Everyone” included competitors, pit crews, spectators, vendors, media people, event staff and many others, who all—if my infor- mal poll has any validity—went away satisfied, smarter and inspired. For the second year, Model Airplane News teamed up with Pacer Technology (the Zap people) to sponsor this “invitation only” [...]

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Top Gun 1989

Feb 23, 2012 No Comments

IT WAS JUST ABOUT a year ago this time when the letter arrived. Emblazoned with a flashy insignia, it would not be ignored. It raised my interest enough to save it from the ”circular file,” which is the usual repository for all correspondence whose source I don’t readily recognize. ”Dear Rich: A great deal of rumor about a new [...]

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