Everyone in RC knows the name Ziroli and the father and son team of Nick Sr., and Jr. Nick the elder is known for being the father of giant scale Warbirds and Nick Jr., continues to be a driving force in the RC industry. Nick took over “Nick Ziroli Plans” when his father retired and turned it into a very popular online web company serving the needs of modelers who have (or want to buy) Ziroli plans. Nick also has a large line of RC hardware and products including many molded fiberglass accessories for the warbirds built from Ziroli Plans. Also running his own full-size industrial vacuum-forming company, Nick has been able to enjoy piloting full-size aircraft and warbirds.
It is common to see Nick fly his Full-size J-3 Cub as well as his impressive Stearman PT-17 “Long Legged Beauty” and his company plane a Beech Baron twin. You never know where Nick is going to show up!
(Above) A shot out of the Miss Hap’s cockpit flying back to Long Island from Maine.
When it comes to serious warbirds, Nick has just started to train for his B-25 Mitchell medium bomber rating. Nick is being checked out as second in command in “Miss Hap” so he can help the local Air Power Museum with their airshow warbirds. The museum takes the B-25 to airshows and it goes to NJ for scheduled maintanence. Since it requires a 2-man crew and Nick has a multi engine rating and is local, it works out pretty good.
(Above) Business end of the Miss Hap B-25 Mitchell
(Above) Lots of horsepower available with two of these running!
While helping with the B-25 Mitchell it also shows his interest in flying other airplanes as well so he will soon start getting checked out in Museum’s T-6 and he has discussed hopefully flying the Grumman Avenger in a couple years as well. Not too bad for a RC modeler! Nick is an amazing fellow and we are all pleased to call him our friend and RC flying buddy!
(Above) Miss Hap at the 2010 Dolittle Raider Reunion fly in at the Grimes Field in Urbana, OH.
(Above) Nick in the front seat of his PT-17 during checkout.
(Above) Nick as Pilot-in-Command Stearman PT-17.
(Above) Arriving in style at a Long Island RC Warbird fly in! That’s Gerry Yarrish in the front seat with Nikon in hand!
(Above) Nick in the pilot seat of his J-3 Piper Cub.