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Road to Top Gun 2018


Top Gun — First Place Team — Beechcraft King Air C-90

Top Gun — First Place Team — Beechcraft King Air C-90

For the second year in a row, pilot Mike Barbee and pilot Frank Noll, competing with Mike’s Beechcraft King Air C-90 twin and win First Place in the Team Scale category. Who says you need a big gasoline engine to win? Powered by a pair of powerful Kontronik 22-16 Varipitch electric motors, the 1/4-scale King […]
Jack Diaz wins Mr. Top Gun Title at the 30th Annual Top Gun Scale Invitational

Jack Diaz wins Mr. Top Gun Title at the 30th Annual Top Gun Scale Invitational

For the second time in a row, while piloting his impressive Fouga Magister Jack Diaz again has won the title of Mr. Top Gun at the 30th Annual Scale invitational. Competing in the Expert class, Jack’s impressive 1/4.5 scale jet was built from a Phillip Avonds kit from Belgium and has a 100-inch wing span. […]
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Top Gun Thunderbolt — P-47 from Brazil

Top Gun Thunderbolt — P-47 from Brazil

All the way from Brazil, here’s our good friend and flying buddy Rogerio Araujo with his impressive P-47 Thunderbolt. Rogerio started with the giant scale Top Flite ARF and ended up with this well flown favorite that’s been to a lot of competitions. Photo by Sal Calvagna Flight shot by David Hart
Top Gun Video — Turbine Jets at the Event

Top Gun Video — Turbine Jets at the Event

The action is hot at this year’s 30th anniversary of the Top Gun Scale Invitational. Here’s a video short shot from the Top Gun flightline showing just a few of the jets flying at the event. Video and photos by Carl Layden, flight shots by David Hart
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Top Gun Flightline Photos — Young Gun Zavi Machinchy’s L-29

Top Gun Flightline Photos — Young Gun Zavi Machinchy’s L-29

MAN contributor and Top Gun contestant Sal Calvagna is both competing and helping capture some of the flightline action at this years Scale Invitational. During practice time in Wednesday, Sal snapped this shot of one of the Young Gun contestants that will be flying this year. That’s 12 year old Zavi Machinchy, son of Ali […]
Top Gun 360 video of Pit Area

Top Gun 360 video of Pit Area

Courtesy of Mike Barbee. Day 1 and everyone is getting ready while others have already flown their first rounds. More to come Mike Barbee getting ready to fly his World Models Stearman.
Top Gun Flightline Photos — Carlose Rangel’s Sonex

Top Gun Flightline Photos — Carlose Rangel’s Sonex

MAN contributor and ace photographer Carl Layden is at Top Gun and getting lots of great flight shots from the flightline. Here’s a fly by of Carlos Rangel’s 30% scale Sonex and will be flying in the Pro-AM Propeller class.
Top Gun Trash Talk — Sal vs. Dino

Top Gun Trash Talk — Sal vs. Dino

Soooo, the trash talk starts early at Top Gun! Our good friend and first time Top Gun competitor Sal Calvagna, (flying his Jerry Bates Ki-43 Oscar), (center) had taken liberties with the scale markings on his fighter. On the tail are nomenclature markings that were part of the full-size aircraft’s paint scheme. Well, Sal switched […]
Pilatus PC-21 Turboprop — Henry Castellanos’ Road to Top Gun Entry

Pilatus PC-21 Turboprop — Henry Castellanos’ Road to Top Gun Entry

From Fort Lauderdale, FL, Henry Castellanos will be competing this year at the Top Gun Scale Invitational with his Pilatus PC-21 Turboprop from Skymaster. Flying in the X class and Pro-Am Sportsman, the 1/4-scale composite airplane has a wingspan of 90 inches, a length of 112.5 inches and is powered with KingTech K100TP (turboprop) engine […]
Nakajima Ki-43 Oscar — Sal Calvagna’s Road to Top Gun Entry

Nakajima Ki-43 Oscar — Sal Calvagna’s Road to Top Gun Entry

From Holbrook Long Island, NY, Sal Calvagna will for the first time be competing at Top Gun with his Nakajima Ki-43 Oscar. Competing in the Pro-Am Sportsman class, Sal built his Ki-43 from Jerry Bates plans with laser-cut parts from LaserCutUSA.com. Sal’s 1/5-scale Japanese warbird has traditional balsa and plywood construction and is covered and […]
P-47 Thunderbolt — John Welcome’s Road to Top Gun Entry

P-47 Thunderbolt — John Welcome’s Road to Top Gun Entry

With a little more than a week to go, we continue to add the scale Road Warriors competing at Top Gun. Our latest Road to Top Gun post highlights John Welcome, who will be competing in Pro-AM Prop class, with his P-47 Thunderbolt “Bell of Belmont”. Built from a Meister Scale Kit, and is a […]
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