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Kirk Johnson is an enthusiast for vintage speed planes. This is his recently finished Dust Devil, powered by a reproduction Dooling Yellow Jacket .61. Here's Kirk's explanation: "I just completed a somewhat unusual speed plane, a 1958 Don Yearout/Henry Mullin designed Dust Devil. The plane's wing is made from 1/8" thick 6061 aluminum alloy. The wing is set at 2 degrees positive incidence and utilizes a very shallow NACA 0006 airfoil. The special torque tube, which is tightly fitted and then epoxied into the wing, was manufactured by Marty Higgs. The engine is a reproduction Dooling 61 Yellow Jacket, which was designed as a tether car engine, and the heavily ribbed crankcase allowed for high nitromenthane fuel loads without exploding. Some noted speed fliers, including Bill Wisniewski of K&B engine and Pink Lady fame, experimented with the Yellow Jackets with some good results." Click on the image at left to see a larger version of the article. This week's control-line cartoon may reveal how fliers experienced such power in the 1950s. Kirk Johnson photo.

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Northwest control-line news headlines

Updated with airplane data! 2016 R.F. Stevenson Raider Roundup results and photos See article

New! Eugene Prop Spinners club September 2016 Prop Spinner Chatter newsletter available for download in NW Club News

New! Northwest Standings updated with R.F. Stevenson Raider Roundup results

New! Vintage Stunt Trophy renamed to honor the late Don McClave See NW Standings page for details

New! 2016 Northwest Speed Championships includes record run See article in Speed section

Combat's First 20 Years eighth installment: John Wright in Combat section

Backyard flying returns to the Zoot Ranch See article and photos

Western Oregon Control-line Flyers club April-August 2016 Wolf Call newsletter available for download in NW Club News

<< Bladder Grabber XXXVIII report See article in Combat section

2016 Western Canada Stunt Championships results and photos See article in Aerobatics

See Where the Action Is for details of September R.F. Stevenson Memorial contest:
New location, date and event lineup including stunt, carrier and combat

Back issues project continues with November 1983 Flying Lines edition
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<< Northwest stunt pioneer and cartoonist Don Shultz dies See article

Northwest stunt icon Don McClave dies See article >>

Half-A testing and bad bearings See Article in Buzz Wilson's latest Musings from the Combat Pits
in Combat section

Combat Graffiti 2016 report and photos See article in Combat section

Big turnout for 2016 Nearly 1/2-A Fun Stunt event See article on VGMC page in Northwest Club News

Bragging rights at Brodak: Fox Speed See article in Speed section

Independence Day celebrated with Delta Park Fun Fly See article on Northwest Fireballs page in Northwest Club News

Combat's First 20 Years sixth installment: Frank Pisz in Combat section

Vancouver area fliers spruce up Richmond flying site See article

Skyraiders lose Auburn field See Northwest Skyraiders page for details in June meeting minutes Breaking news: On Thursday, June 23, word was received that the Skyraiders have achieved an agreement that allows them to continue using one circle at the Auburn Airport through September.

2016 Stunt-a-Thon results and photos See article in Aerobatics >>

<< Free shipping! Northwest Regionals T-shirts still available! Get yours by mail: See Flying Flea Market

Northwest Regionals report, photos See article

Combat's First 20 Years fifth installment: The Broadway Bod Busters in Combat section

Read Gene Pape's third Miscellaneous Stuff; the May 2016 article is on Frayed lines, stiff wings and little engines

Paul Walker's May 2016 column: Flying in 'dead air' See Walker on Stunt in Aerobatics section

U.S. wins gold in Aerobatics at the Control-Line World Championships! See results at the World Championships website

Combat's First 20 Years fourth installment: Tom Schaefer biography in Combat section

Longtime Northwest CL modeler Dick Salter dies See obituary >>

Blondie gets a speeding ticket See article in Speed section

Paul Walker's April 2016 column: Flying in the Wind Part 2
See Walker on Stunt in Aerobatics section

<< 2016 Jim Walker Memorial Spring Tune-Up results and photos See article on Northwest Fireballs page in Northwest Club News

Control-line's past revisited: See group photo of 1962 Skyraiders in Northwest CL History section

Nostalgia and other items See article in Scale Matters column

Stunt flier Rex Abbot dies See obituary >>

New! Northwest Skyraiders meeting minutes now posted monthly
on Skyraiders page in NW Club News

Paul Walker's March 2016 column: Flying in the Wind Part 1 See Walker on Stunt in Aerobatics section

2016 Oregon Flying Fun No. 3 enjoys break in the weather See article on Western Oregon Control-line Flyers page

<< Combat's First 20 Years second installment: Rich Lopez biography in Combat section

Read Gene Pape's second Miscellaneous Stuff; the February 2016 article is on covering the Demon, fun with combat, and ASP engines

Oregon Flying Fun No. 2 report and photo gallery See article >>

Paul Walker's February 2016 column: An adjustable flap mechanism See Walker on Stunt in Aerobatics section

<< Combat Graffiti 2016 promo See article in Combat section

New Regular Column! Read Neil Simpson's Combat's First 20 Years in Combat section

Approved! Rule change clarifies Sport 40 Navy Carrier carburetor specification See article in Northwest Rules section

January 2016 edition of Northwest Speed Flyer newsletter available for download in Speed section

2016 Polar Bear Fun Fly starts the B.C. year off cold See article

2016 Oregon Flying Fun No. 1 starts the Oregon control-line season See article on Northwest Fireballs page in Northwest Club News

Seventh Installment of Paul Walker's treatise on trim: Chapter 7 of the Trim Flow Chart: Putting it to work See Walker on Stunt in Regular columns

Cox, Rush share 2015 Competitor of Year title See article on NW Standings page

2016 Postal Carrier Contest scheduled See article in Navy Carrier section

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