Some of the lineup of planes at the Eugene Fun Fly on Feb.
19, as Floyd Carter's
Wildman 60 flies with the Eugene airport tower in the background. Flying
Chilly weather but enthusiastic fliers greeted the first of three fun-fly
days hosted jointly by the Eugene Prop Spinners, the Western Oregon Control-Line
Flyers and The Evergreen Aero Modelers.
Fliers gathered at the Eugene Airport on a cold, cloudless, sunny Sunday,
and did a lot of flying and a lot of "hangar flying," too. It
was mildly breezy, but not enough to prevent flying; the biggest hazard
for flying was the sun, dead downwind. At times there we up to three circles
in use simultaneously.
Profile Cardinals were the most popular airplane, with three putting
up flights. Bruce Hunt was down from Salem with his Profile Cardinal. Jerry
Eichten rolled in from McMinnville with another Profile Cardinal. And local
Eugene flier Tom Kopriva had his Profile Cardinal flying very well.
Floyd Carter got a maiden flight in on his Wildman 60 with the Anderson
Spitfire .65 sparker. Floyd also flew his Larceny (a disguised Legacy).
Mike "ZZ" Hazel came off the farm to return to model airplane
flying after a long layoff, putting up flights on John Thompson's Cierra
Dave LaFever of Corvallis continued his comeback to model flying with
an original stunt plane that suffered an unfortunate mishap, and a brand-new
Northwest Sport Racer ready for shakedown.
Mel Marcum was the other Prop Spinner playing a major support role for
the fun-fly and showing off several of his beautiful scale and stunt planes.
Dave Shrum from Roseburg dropped in on his way home from Portland to visit.
Dave and Frank Macy are producing some new American Junior vintage modeling
products. Stay tuned for a report on that topic.
It was a fine flying day and a great start to the season.
Next up in the trio of Oregon Winter Flying Fun is the March 18 fun-fly
in Salem, followed by the McMinnville fun-fly on April 9. For more information
on those and a link to the flyer pdf, see Where the
More fun-fly photos:
Mike Hazel (left) and Jerry Eichten quickly learned how to wow the crowd
and other exotic maneuvers, while flying John Thompson's Fox .35-powered
shown below in close-up with Mike at the controls. FL photos.
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