Nice weather and a good turnout of planes drew spectators all day long at the 2009 Lucky Hand Fun Fly. Flying Lines photo

2009 Lucky Hand Fun Fly

WOLF's annual poker fly's a CL party

June 20, 2009, Salem, Ore.

Bouncing back from a lightly attended 2008 event, the annual Willamette Valley summer highlight, the Lucky Hand Fun Fly at Bill Riegel Model Airpark, drew lots of fliers and a full day of flying of all kinds of airplanes.

Planes ranged from tiny 1/2-A models to serious Precision Aerobatics Stunters, and there was even a 1940s vintage Fireball. A number of fliers brought out nostalgic .049-powered planes, and most of them flew. Weather was overcast, almost no wind, and pleasant.

Everybody drew a poker card for each flight, and Greg Hart took home $70 for drawing the best hand. Gene Pape and Mark Hansen drew good hands for merchandise prizes. There were fourteen fliers entered in the drawing.

Lucky Hand Fun Fly photos

Left photo: Leo Mehl's Arctic Fox made several flights, one of several stunt planes in attendance. Right photo: Two of Gene Pape's little planes. Flying Lines photo.

Ron Bennett (left) and "dealer" Mike Hazel at the poker table. Craig Bartlett photo.

Left photo: Bruce Hunt's Cardinal in flight. Right photo: Lots of equipment for such little planes.

Left photo: Craig Bartlett prepares the Fireball for a flight. Right photo: Gene Pape's Lil' Satan made several flights. Flying Lines photos.

Greg Hart's winning hand.

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