Bob Lewis celebrates winning the cash prize for Flying Lines photo.

Lucky Hand Fun Fly 2011

Rainy skies clear for traditional summer flyfest

Salem, Ore., July 16, 2011

The day dawned wet but by the time Oregon fliers had gathered at Bill Riegel Model Airpark in Salem, the rain had stopped and flying got going right on time. It remained a bit breezy, but plenty of flying was done, along with the usual "windy day hangar flying."

As always, fliers got playing cards for each flight, assembling a poker hand. Organizer Mike Hazel had amassed a nice array of prizes for the best poker players. Bob Lewis of Roseburg's hand won the cash prize, and Dave Shrum, Gene Pape, Bruce Hunt and John Thompson also collected goodies. A total of eight fliers put in several official flights each and several other attended as well, some of whom flew and others who just enjoyed the day. Among others attending were Tom Kopriva, Craig Bartlett, Gerald Schamp and Ron Bennett.

Lucky Hand Fun Fly photos

Left: Dave Shrum tunes engine on Junior Ringmaster while Pete Benning holds. Right: Viking, built by Bruce Hunt and flown by Tom Douglas. Flying Lines photos.

Left: Dave Shrum flies. Right: Tom Douglas flies. Flying Lines photos.

Two of Roseburg group's planes; Bob Lewis's Tomahawk in the foreground.Flying Lines photo.

Left: Cute Staggerwing by Pete Benning. Right: Bruce Hunt' Cardinal. Flying Lines photos.

The fun fly was a practice flying day for the Beaver State Combat Team. Gene Pape stands among some of the 1/2-A Combat planes that tore up the sky. Flying Lines photo.

Bruce Hunt launches for Tom Douglas. Flying Lines photo.

Some speed planes were on display. Flying Lines photo.

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