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Nick Ziroli–Warbird Pilot!

Nick Ziroli–Warbird Pilot!

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.

Updated: July 16, 2015 — 10:42 AM
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  1. Very nice! He’s living my dream! 🙂

  2. Yes, very nice! I wish my life could have gone in the same direction too. I would love to service the hobby and enjoy it too.
    Nick Jr. and Nick Sr. have been an inspiration in my modeling career and I will never forget their contributions.

  3. Nick:

    I too have been a life-long modeler and started building models in the late 30s. After ROTC in college (Colgate University) I was commissioned as a 2nd Lt. in JUne 1954.and went on active duty in the USAF. My first assignment was Primary PIlot training at Bartow AB in Florida. There I flew the PA-18 and T6-G. After Primary I went on to basic multi-engine traning at Goodfellow AFB in San-Angelo, Texas. There we trained in the B-25 J. After graduation and getting my wings I flew the KC-97 with the 100th Air refuling Squadron at Warner Robins Georgia. We refueled mostly B-47s and B-52s.

    When I left the USAF in 1957 I continued to fly and under the G.I. bill obtined my CFI (Certified Flight IInstructor) and spent the next 30 years instructing primary pilots. In all of the yerars following active duty I continued to fly R/C models and recently converted to electric powered models. No more “greasy” arplanes. i alwys enjoyed “scratch” building from plans and have built hundreds of models over the years. I have logged about 5,000 hours of full scale flying in all sorts of aircraft with about 2,500 hours as a CFI.

    I recently stopped flying because of my wife’s illness and the need to care for her 24/7, It has been a great experience this past 57 years and I wouldn’t trade any of it for the world. You have been a great role model in model aviaiton and continyue to be such. “Keep up the good work”!

    Don Perricone
    AMA 491278

  4. Nice review! This is exactly the type of information that needs to be shared around the web. Sad on the Bing for not positioning this blog post higher!

  5. Nick:

    My name is Fred Warner. I joined the American Airpower Museum in 2003, I am the co-chief of the Ramprats @ KFRG. You know me because I am 6′ 2″, and I am also a Private Pilot. I got my license in 1958, and I keep on passing my Class III medical. If you are ever looking for a co-pilot or just a rider, please keep me in mind. I live in Central Islip, and I can be @ Bayport within 15 minutes.


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