Some of the planes lined up and ready for action at the annual Lucky Hand Fun Fly. Flying Lines photo.

Lucky Hand Fun Fly 2012

Fun in the sunshine

Salem, Ore., July 7, 2012

By Mike Hazel

Warm weather greeted the participants at this annual event held at the Bill Riegel Model Airpark. The event was hosted by the Western Oregon Control Line Flyers, with fliers attending from Portland to Roseburg and points inbetween.  There were fifteen pilots who signed up to participate in the poker draw, and another half dozen or so who showed up to just watch or fly on their own.

As usual, a variety of planes were in the air, with sometimes three circles going at once.  Most planes were of the stunt and sport type,  but some combat planes were also flown and even a couple of scale birds for good measure.  Mishaps (aka unplanned ground contact) were kept to a reasonable minimum.

This year the cash winner was John Thompson of Eugene, Ore., who came away 75 bucks richer.  Merchandise prizes for the second and third best hands went to Mark Hansen of Portland, Ore., and Ron Anderson of Vancouver, Wash.  Everyone seemed to have a real good time, so look forward to seeing this event again next year.

Participants included Ron Anderson, Craig Bartlett, Pete Benning, Floyd Carter, Bob Cooke, Dave Denison, Don Dotter, Richard Entwhistle, Mark Hansen, Mike Hazel, Bruce Hunt, Doug Knoyle, Bob Lewis, Dave Mitchell, Jerry Olson, Gene Pape, Dave Royer, Dave Shrum, John Thompson and Bruce Tunberg,

Lucky Hand Fun Fly photos

Dave Denison of Salem flew this gorgeous electric Cardinal. Flying Lines photo.

Dave Shrum flew this vintage Waco with throttle. Flying Lines photo.

Another of several unusual planes brought by Dave Shrum; this one is a vintage B-Team Race plane. Flying Lines photo.

One of two twins that flew -- this one by Dave Shrum, powered by two McCoy .049s. Flying Lines photo.

A cute profile, powered by Evolution .36. Flying Lines photo.

Floyd Carter launches Dave Royer's Humongous. Flying Lines photo.

Pete Benning works on his little Beech Staggerwing. Flying Lines photo.

Bob Lewis' nice profile Super Chip. Flying Lines photo.

Dave Shrum's Waco in the air. Flying Line photo.

Floyd Carter waits to fly his retract-equpped Zero; it's a big plane, powered by Ro-Jett .76. Flying Lines photo.

Part of the fleet of plane from Roseburg. Flying Lines photo.

Bruce Hunt's profile Cardinal in the air. Flying Lines photo.

Bruce Hunt at the handle. Oregon fliers will miss Bruce, friend and stunt mentor, who is moving to Lake Stevens, Wash. Flying Lines photo.

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