The 18th Annual Vintage Stunt Championships, 15-18 March, was a great
success by anyone's standards. Weather in Tucson was perfect for all four
days, with sunshine and warm temperatures. After a long and miserable winter
here in Eugene, Ore., it was a real pleasure for me to see great weather
and to finally remove my ever-present jacket and ear muffs!
My wife and I arrived in Tucson on Tuesday afternoon after suffering
rain and cold along I-5 in California. We immediately headed for the flying
field called Columbus Air Park (formerly called Silverbell Park). I was
thinking of some practice flying, but all circles were already heavily in
use. The field features two paved circles and three grass circles. All were
much populated and the sign-up sheets for the circles indicated at least
a 1-hour wait for a flight. Since the wind picks up in the afternoon, I
decided to instead check in at the Rodeway Hotel and then come back to the
field. By then, the wind had picked up and most flyers had given up.
Wednesday featured OTS glo and the OTS ignition event sponsored by De
Hill. OTS means any model designed prior to 1953. The same events were flown
Friday and Saturday were devoted to Classic stunt, meaning any plane
designed prior to1970.
Entries at VSC totalled 203. Of course, many flyers, like myself, entered
more than one event. Of totals, there were 89 entries in OTS glo, 17 in
OTS ignition, and 93 in Classic. The Cholla Choppers Club of Tucson deserves
much credit in organizing such a large contest, and they managed to get
all flights in before the wind came up at around 3 PM. After 3 PM, the die-hards
continued to put in practice flights in the wind!
The Eugene Prop Spinners Club was represented, and I managed to once
again take a trophy home to Eugene. Although my Palmer VENUS suffered from
short engine runs, my WILDMAN 60 with Orwick 64 cooperated for me. Mike
Keville flew my other WILDMAN 60 with the Anderson Spitfire spark engine.
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