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Farewell to our friend, Frank Tiano

Farewell to our friend, Frank Tiano
It’s with great sadness that we just learned that our long time friend and RC scale legend Frank Tiano passed away late Monday night. All of us at Model Airplane News are deeply saddened and offer our sincerest of condolences to his family and friends. Frank’s love for scale RC airplanes was endless and he was a huge support of our hobby. The loss we all feel is deep and without measure.
His wife Carol commented that, “Not only was he a wonderful partner in life, but father to Lisa and Thea, grandfather of four, brother to Michele and Donna, brother-in-law, and Special Uncle to nine”. His favorite title lately was “Luca’s Daddy.”
Carol also said, “Frank valued his friendships, and cared for everyone… I know everyone will be wondering about the future of Florida Jets, and Top Gun. We will be contacting and posting updates shortly”.
Updated: January 6, 2021 — 1:50 PM


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  1. My deepest to Frank’s family and his RC family.

  2. Great memories hanging out with Frank back in the day. Front man for the modeling world. Condolences to the family

  3. Blue Skies and calm winds to you as you fly West, Frank

  4. My deepest condolences to his family and his friends from Izmir Turkey.

  5. A sad message, our thoughts and deepfelt condolences go to the Tiano family.
    Mr. Tiano, have a nice flight, your six is clear. 🙂

  6. He will be greatly missed by all of us.

  7. Frank and I met in 1983 when I opened my first hobby shop when I was 23, soon after he became my mentor in business and then a good friend, he would often refer to me as my son in the hobby business. He will be missed by all who knew him, especially in the hobby industry. Frank was a driving force for me, and I counted on his wisdom and he was always there to me his advice, like it or not. Over the phone in straight forward 60 second calls, that would end with, “I love you, good-bye”. Boy I will miss him and those calls.
    My condolences to his lovely wife Carol and his family. God Bless FranK Tiano

  8. I feel deeply hurt by reading the news of his passing I never got the chance to meet him in person but all the articles in model airplane news about what he’s done for the hobby that I’ve been involved with for nearly 50 years I feel as though Ive known him and looked forward to really meeting him at his famous events, from what I’ve learned of him I know he would have wanted someone to continue to carry the torch and not let what he created pass away with him, I offer my sincerest condolences to his family and friends that knew him best, he will be surely missed by many.

  9. A legend in our time is an understatement ! Your straight, Frank and “Flying right!” Even here in Canada you influenced our wonderful hobby, especially scale modelling immensely.

  10. With my contacts with Frank was always honest and to the point. Sorry for late response and I do have regrets of his passing. Frank was always open and honest and did take time to respond. My highest regards to his family and I feel their pain. I tip me hat to the man and hope the best for his family and pray all will be to his favor in future.

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