Cast your vote to preserve aviation history!

May 06, 2012 No Comments

The Gateway National Recreation Area-C47 Skytrain WWII Transport in Brooklyn and Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in Manhattan need your votes in this program to spotlight historic preservation.  Forty historic New York places representing all five boroughs are competing for $3 million in grants through Partners in Preservation, a collaboration between American Express and [...]

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Getting to Know Your Servos

May 06, 2012 No Comments

Many years ago new radios came with four servos. These were not standard servos, or high speed servos, or high torque servos, but just plain ole servos. That’s all there were, and we were very happy to have them. Early radio manufacturers also used a specific color so their radios could be easily identified from [...]

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Top Gun! Wondrous Waco

May 05, 2012 No Comments

A team scale entry, this Waco YMF-5 is the handiwork of Lonnie Johnston, who built it from the AMR kit. The 1/3-scale plane has a 120-inch wingspan and is powered by DA 220 gas engine spinning a 32×14 prop. Mitch Epstein piloted the big bipe Saturday morning, but the engine wasn’t performing properly so he [...]

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Top Gun Flightline Airborne Action — Gallery

May 05, 2012 No Comments

Of course when it comes down to it, to be a true top gun, you can’t just build a museum scale airplane, it has to fly too! Today is the second day of Pro-Am flight rounds and several of the Expert and Master class pilots took the opportunity to put in some practice flights. The [...]

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Top Gun! Gotha Bomber

May 04, 2012 4 Comments

Here’s a plane you don’t see every day! Jim Suchy is flying his own-design 1/4.5-scale Gotha G-IV in Pro-Am Sport. The 192-inch-span bipe is powered by two Zenoah G-38 engines turning 20×8 props and weighs in at 52 pounds. Look for flight video of this awesome bomber soon! The Gotha won the Best Biplane award.   [...]

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Top Gun! Huge P-47 Thunderbolt

May 04, 2012 No Comments

Brian O’Meara built this amazing P-47 from an RCSAC kit (RC Scale All Composite) and is flying it in Pro Am-Pro at Top Gun. A Frank Tiano original design, this 116-pound warbird is powered by a ZDZ 420 gas engine and has Sierra gear. The 143-in-span plane looks HUGE on the flightline and looks fantastic in the air; it’s hard [...]

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Top Gun Gallery

May 04, 2012 No Comments

For someone who has never experienced Top Gun, they might not fully understand that this is so much more than just a RC flying field event. This is a not so miniature airport with a main runway and not so small RC aircraft that are impossible to tell from the full-size. When the airplanes are in [...]

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Top Gun! Beechcraft preflight

May 04, 2012 No Comments

MAN columnist John Glezellis is here at Top Gun flying Mark Frankel’s 1/4-scale Beechcraft T-34B in team scale. On a flight yesterday the plane had an issue with its nose gear because the muffler had burned through the line. After a quick fix last night, John and Mark were ready for a practice flight this [...]

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