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Top Gun High Static Winners

Top Gun High Static Winners

When it comes to competing at Top Gun, there are two parts to the aircraft’s score; the static score and the flight score. Before the flight rounds are flown, aircraft in the Masters, Expert, Team, and Unlimited classes must first be judged for their static score. The model is inspected and evaluated according to the […]
Top Gun From the Judging Table

Top Gun From the Judging Table

Each year at Top Gun, there are dozens and dozens of amazing scale aircraft that find their way to the Static Judging table . With the best judges in the industry, the Top Gun Scale Invitational has the highest level of excellence you’ll find at any scale event. Several judges share the tasks of checking […]
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Top Guns Free-Flight Scale

Top Guns Free-Flight Scale

A First Class Stick & Tissue Competition During the past few years, event organizer, Leonard Bechtold, Bob Curry, and Len Henderson, have been striving to keep alive the old tradition of the free-flight, mass-launch event. The roots of the event were planted several years ago by Dave Platt who showed everyone how free flight models […]
And the Winners Are… Top Gun Special Awards!

And the Winners Are… Top Gun Special Awards!

Every year at the Top Gun Scale Invitational special achievement awards are presented to the standouts in the various classes. Here is are the 2019 winners starting with the High Static awards. (Photos by David Hart) (Below) “Mr. Top Gun” Peter Goldsmith Below: Award winners and their sponsors   Masters High Static    David Hayes                 […]
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Top Gun: Day Two — Flight Scores coming in

Top Gun: Day Two — Flight Scores coming in

Our good buddy and MAN contributor J.P. Ash is doing a great job competing at Top Gun and today on day two, he posted a great second round flight score. His MiG 15 is an impressive sight on the flybys for sure! Good Luck P.J. Photo by David Hart.
Top Gun Flightline Highlights

Top Gun Flightline Highlights

Our good buddy and Top Gun competitor Bret Becker shared some flightline photos with us as the first day at Top Gun gears up for action. Check out these great airplanes!
The Road to Top Gun Leads to Excitement!

The Road to Top Gun Leads to Excitement!

Today the 31st Annual Top Gun Scale Invitational kicked off the action with great weather and some amazing airplanes! Here are some of Bret Becker’s amazing XB-70 Valkyrie Supersonic Bomber. From Dayton, Ohio, Bret Becker will again be back Top Gun in 2019 competing with his upgraded XB-70 Valkyrie. Bret’s goal this year is to […]
Top Gun Starts Today!

Top Gun Starts Today!

The 31st Top Gun Scale Invitations is kicking off today May 1, and it promises to draw the best of the best Scale RC airplanes and pilots from around the country and the world. Check out our Road to Top Gun landing page at www.modelairplanenews.com/road2019 to see several of the amazing competitors hoping to earn […]
Road to Top Gun: Two A6M Zeros

Road to Top Gun: Two A6M Zeros

Regular competitor at Top Gun, Dino Di Giorgio from Fort Pierce, FL, will be competing this year with two A6M Zeros. The first Mitsubishi A6M Zero will fly in the in the Pro-Am Prop class and started out as a Top Flite ARF Zero. it has all-wood construction and is covered with Monokote. It has […]
Road to Top Gun: F-104 Starfighter

Road to Top Gun: F-104 Starfighter

Brian O’Meara is returning to Top Gun this year and will be competing in the Unlimited class with his impressive 1/4-scale F-104 Starfighter. Brian debuted the Starfighter at Top Gun two years ago and has put on a lot of time in its log book since then. Brian will be using a Futaba 18MZ radio […]
Road to Top Gun: Hawker Seafury

Road to Top Gun: Hawker Seafury

This year Bill Freeland (Owner) and Greg Foushi (Pilot) are dedicating their Top Gun 2019 Pro-Prop entry to honor Walt Carnes (its builder), who passed away last year. (Flight shot by Carl Layden) Walt was a great modeler, Top Gun Competitor but most of all a great guy!  Walt’s passion was model airplanes and once […]
Road to Top Gun: Cessna L-19 Bird Dog

Road to Top Gun: Cessna L-19 Bird Dog

Our good buddy and Team Hitec pilot, Roger Niolet, of Sarasota, FL. will be competing in the Pro-Am Sport with his 1/4-Scale Cessna L-19 Bird Dog. Built from Vailly Aviation plans Roger will be flying it with a Hitec Aurora 9X Transmitter and a Hitec Optima 9 receiver. The Bird Dog is powered with a […]
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