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Next Northwest CL event: Lucky Hand Fun Fly

Nearly 1/-2A Fun Stunt CANCELED

Early 50s BC Fun Fly CANCELED

Combat Graffiti 2020 event CANCELED

Western Canada Stunt Championships CANCELED

Bladder Grabber CANCELED

Stunt-a-Thon '20 CANCELED

R.F. Stevenson Memorial Raider Roundup CANCELED

Northwest Regionals NOW SCHEDULED for Sept. 18-19-20
Updated entry forms and flyer now available at Where the Action Is

See Where the Action Is for details on all upcoming events


Though many contests and other organized events have been canceled because of the COVID-19 virus, weekend flying has continued with some new "social distancing" protocols in place. One such protocol is avoidance of prop wash, which might blow germs from the person starting the engine to the launcher. That means the use of mechanical launchers or "stooges." Planes without landing gear require something a little more sophisticated than the typical wire-pull stooge used for convential CL planes. Above, Gene Pape's Underdog, a Nelson .36-powered AMA Fast Combat Plane, leaps out of Gene's remote-controlled launcher during a Saturday flying esssion at the Eugene Prop Spinners' Can Do Ranch flying field. The launcher, described in Gene's recent column, uses automotive door lock mechanisms and their remote key fob. No wires on the ground to trip on, and it works great, allowing Gene to fly during the pandemic. Flying Lines photo

Put your airplane photo here! Submit a photo of your latest plane our your favorite plane to Flying Lines! To see photos of great Northwest control-line model airplanes, see the Favorite Planes section.


Northwest control-line news headlines

New! Read the July 2020 edition of Australian Control-Line News in Charlie Johnson's Competition Newsletter section

New! Read July 2020 edition of New England Combat News in Combat section

New! Remembering 'The Match' – and the respect See article in Combat section

New! Eugene Prop Spinners club June 2020 Prop Spinner Chatter newsletter available for download in NW Club News

New! Read Gene Pape's June 2020 column: Fly by yourself with the Combat launcher -- See Miscellaneous Stuff in Combat section

<< New! Building the Top Cat See article in Speed section

Read NCLRA June 2020 Torque Roll newsletter in Racing section

Read the June 2020 edition of Australian Control-Line News in Charlie Johnson's Competition Newsletter section

Back Issues project continues with September-October 1995 Flying Lines newsletter See Flying Lines Back Issues in PDF

Read June 2020 edition of New England Combat News in Combat section

Western Oregon Control-Line Flyers club April-May 2020 Wolf Call newsletter available for download in NW Club News

Speed enthusiast Ron Bennett dies See obituary >>

Check out a new Flying Lines feature: Favorite control-line photos

Read PAMPA report on 32nd Vintage Stunt Championships

<< CL model manufacturer John Brodak dies See Stunt Hangar comment thread Also see funeral home obituary and Brodak Manufacturing website

Read Gene Pape's April 2020 column: Batteries, vintage Combat See Miscellaneous Stuff in Combat section

Read April 2020 edition of New England Combat News in Combat section

Carrier enthusiast Joe Just dies See obituary >>

Another fine control-line workshop captured in photos! See NW CL workshops

<< Combat flier Don McKay dies See obituary

Beginner's approach to F2A Speed, Part 2 See article in Speed section

Read April 2020 edition of New England Combat News in Combat section

Read Gene Pape's March 2020 column: Try this at home! See Miscellaneous Stuff in Combat section

<< Help us identify the mystery monoplane featured in the February 2020 column of Orin Humphries' Scale Matters

Read the February 2020 issue of Charlie Johnson's Competition Newsletter

Get the last drop out of your glue bottles: See Shop Tips

Read Winter 2020 edition of NewEngland Combat News in Combat section

<< Flying between raindrops at Oregon Flying Fun No. 2 See article

2020 Northwest Vintage Combat rules posted in NW Rules section

Fireballs 2020 banquet report See article in NW Club News

A Formula 40 Speed Plane for 2020 See article in Speed section

Poll! Would you enter Nostalgia 30 Stunt at the 2020 Regionals?Let us know your thinking in the poll on the NW CL Forum

Read Final 2019 edition of Britain's Combat Flyers Association newsletter in Charlie Johnson's Competition Newsletter section

Oregon and B.C. fliers kick off 2020 Oregon Flying Fun No. 1 and Polar Bear Fun Fly See article

<< Russ Hester is 2019 Competitor of the Year See article and 2019 Final Standings

Read NCLRA Torque Roll newsletter 147 in Racing section

A beginner's approach to F2A Speed See article in Speed section


For past Flying Lines articles, See FL News Archive


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This cartoon is from the Tom Wilk collection, which is available on CD from Tom. See Flying Flea Market for details.