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Gene Pape of Eugene, Ore., offers an unusual subject for the Favorite Planes feature. His reasoning will be meaningful to combat fliers and to anyone who has had good, long service from a particular airplane. He explains: "If you're willing to lower the standards a bit, I thought you might post this Sonic Chicken as a favorite plane. It's a favorite plane not because it's beautiful or perfect. It's neither. What it is, is a combat model that has been in continuous since, I believe, 2009. ... It has eight kill slots in the leading edge. It has survived at least two major midair collisions. I can't even guess how many times it has been crashed. It was so spongy I couldn't get it to stay on the end of the lines so I retired it briefly. Since I couldn't bring myself to throw it away, I have refurbished it once again. If I can get just one more contest out of it, I'll be happy." Watch Flying Lines for the first installment of an upcoming new column on combat by Gene. Gene Pape 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! 2016 Postal Carrier Contest scheduled
See article in Navy Carrier section
<< New! The Dark Side: Barrie Hobkirk reworks the LA .25
See article in Speed section
Updated! Northwest fliers participate in global Ringmaster Fly-A-Thon See article with final worldwide tally
New! Rule change proposal would clarify Sport 40 carburetor specification
See article in Northwest Rules section
Boo! Frankenstein! Bringing the O.S. LA .25 engine alive for Northwest B Proto Speed See article in Speed section
New! Back issues project continues with October 1982 Flying Lines edition See Flying Lines Back Issues in PDF
<< New! Fall Follies in Salem ends 2015 Northwest stunt and combat season See article
New! 2015 Northwest Speed Bash results See article in Speed section
Navy Carrier fliers! Take a poll on your participation in Northwest contests, to help in planning the 2016 season. See the poll in the NW CL Forum
<< R.F. Stevenson Raider Roundup results and photos See article in Aerobatics section
Dick Scobee Memorial stunt contest results and photos See article in Aerobatics section
2015 Bladder Grabber results and photo gallery See article in Combat section >>
<< 2015 Western Canada Stunt Championships results and photos See article in Aerobatics section
Beyond Blondie: Building a high-performance Northwest B Proto plane See article in Speed section
Flyers posted for Western Canada Stunt Championships and Fall Follies in Where the Action Is
Sport 40 at the 2015 Northwest Regionals: See Eric Conley's July 2015 column in Flight Deck in the Navy Carrier section
Salem Speed & Combat contest results, including C-Cup Combat Contest No. 1 See article
2015 Northwest Regionals story and photos See article >>
Lucky Hand Fun Fly brings aces to Salem See article >>
Read Charlie Johnson's excellent Competition Newsletter June edition
The Speedy Geezer -- Blondie performance report, etc.! See article in Speed section
Skyraiders stunt judging clinic analyzes aerobatics' finer points See article in Aerobatics section
2015 Jim Walker Memorial Spring Tune-Up results and photos See article
Reworking the O.S. LA .25 engine for Northwest B Proto Speed, Part 2 See article in Speed section
Fireballs getting lots of practice in for Jim Walker Spring Tune-Up See Fireballs page
<< Guess which Northwest combat flier just got married! See article
Rule change approved removing Sport 40 Carrier fuel restrictions See article in Northwest Rules section
Obituary: Tom Strom, Northwest stunt and combat flier, dies of cancer See article >>
Obituary: Mike Petri, noted combat flier See article >>
A beautiful day for 2015 Oregon Flying Fun No. 3 See article
Reworking the O.S. LA .25 engine for Northwest B Proto Speed, Part 1 See article in Speed section
Oregon Flying Fun No. 2 comes off in fine style a week late See article
<< Building the Blondie One for Northwest B Proto Speed See article in Speed section
Updated! Schedule, flyer and advance entry forms for 2015 Northwest Regionals now available in Where the Action Is
Schedule and flyer for 2015 Jim Walker Memorial contest now available in Where the Action Is
Oregon flying year kicks off with Oregon Flying Fun No. 1 See article
20 B.C. fliers greet 2015 at Polar Bear Fun Fly See article
2014 Competitor of Year final tally: How did you do? See article on NW Standings page
Schedule and flyer for 2015 Oregon Flying Fun series now available in Where the Action Is
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Flying Lines -- Daily News of Northwest Control-Line model aviation
Editor: John Thompson --- Associate Editor: Mike Hazel
This page was upated Nov. 23, 2015
This vintage control-line cartoon is from the Tom Wilk collection, which is available on CD. See Flying Flea Market for ordering details.