The official Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA)
Biography of Neil A. Armstrong mentions "Neil was part
of the U.S. Navy team at the 1949 CL Speed Nats and attended the
1962 Nats." Here is what might be the only surviving photograph
of Mr. Armstrong at the event, holding what appears to be a Sterling
F4U Corsair control line model. The caption states he was 32 years
old at the time, which jives with his August 5, 1930 birth date.
There's plenty of other good news and photos that you'll want to
read and see.
Model Progress - Commentary
By Al Lewis
Neil A. Armstrong, 32, of Wapakoneta, Ohio, NASA test
pilot on X-15, chosen as one of nine "second generation"
spaceship pilots to fly the 2-man Gemini and moon-bound
Apollo. Neil, a former model builder, is shown at the '62
National air-model championships. See photos of the full-scale
N5588N Corsair at the Warbird Registry website. Maybe
I'll paint my Sterling
F4U Corsair in the same colors in memory of Mr. Armstrong.
Famous visitors Dick Everett (lt.) and Johnnie Brodbeck
(rt.) at ribbon cutting ceremony for new PacAF model facility.
Fred Boos of the Chicago U-Liners club constructed and
donated Nats' Navy Carrier "island"
Betty Meredith is head drum majorette and a senior at
Norview High School.
Bobbie Riddick (no, it's not Vicki Lawrence) is enrolled
at East Carolina College as a freshman.
Back again to intrigue us with his very flyable "non-flyers",
Don Pratt adds Cox .020 power to Monogram's "poor man's
There's so many exciting events to report on we're wondering
how to shoehorn everything in. Because we've needed more space for
new modeling developments the "powers that be" (bless 'em) are expanding
each issue of A.M. into a 100-pager which will appear every other
All that and color, too ... almost too much for this harried
Why Harried? Because there aren't enuf hours
in our working day/nite. Yet we took time to expound on aero/space
"technical modeling" at the National Recreation Association's annual
convention (in Philly). Once this group goes all out and embraces
land-sea-air-modeling and model rocketry - wowee! Lotsa interest
there. More in a later issue including on how you and/or your club
can go after rec folk in your environs.
German Sensation. Performance of (West) German
team in England at FAI World Indoor Championships was eye-opener.
Held in RAF's Cardington hangar on Sept. 22-23, Germany's Hacklinger,
Hewel & Riecke totaled 244.06 minutes "to win group honors.
Carl Heinz Riecke topped all with best-of-2-flights 88 minute, 48
sec. total. Second was his teammate Max Hacklinger with 86:17; third
went to USA's Carl Redlin - 84 minutes on the nose.
Great Britain placed 2nd in team standings, America third. Details
planned for Jan/Feb A.M. avec exclusive photos.
Newest, Biggest "Annual." You're advised via
a brief announcement that the 1963 A.M. Annual is due Nov. 15. Man,
this is the most ultra-most. For instance: a global engine review
details 270 mills from both sides of the Iron Curtain. We're afraid
to count the number of photos for fear our accountants will murder
Its 132-pages makes this at 75¢ the biggest bargain in annuals
you'll encounter anywhere, anytime. Shall we make with the word?
... Run (cautiously, of course) ... don't walk to you-know-where.
And if you drive fasten those seat belts.
Air Progress, Too? Oh, sure, Condé Nast
folks figure they as well go all out with features in the upcoming
100-page Winter edition that you'll not find elsewhere.
Be the bearer of glad tidings to those who read A.P. and maybe
spend long hours trying to track down each new edition. This is
just between vous et nous, y'understand? ... an itty bitty boid
blabbed that in 1963. Air Progress will be issued every other month
and - wonders of wonders - Subscriptions Will be Available.
To about 1.738 jillion A.P. fans that will be news as welcome
as a cut in taxes! So, the I.B.B. word should be worth a coupla
free sarsaparillas when delivered to air-minded Garcias.
Where Were We? Oh, yes, are you a model club
or recreation department leader/worker or someone helping trying
to help a novice group? Something you should nave handy when you
discuss a simplified air-modeling course or easy related projects
to get those young 'uns started off on the right foot: "A Beginner's
Guide To Model Plane Building." It's an excellent pamphlet prepared
by Sterling Models' Ed Manulkin.
A note to Ed at Belfield Ave., and Wister St., Philadelphia 44,
Pa., will bring you a gratis copy. Study it carefully, then see
if you don't agree that Sterling's proven series of six profile-scale
easily-made prefabbed rubber-powered beginner's 18" span jobs are
just what the kids need to get "airborne." Tell Ed we put you on
the trail of ABGTMPB.
Walt's Pair. Those craft on page 33 by Norfolk's
Walter R. Williamson are certainly unique. "Tag-A-Long"
(below, right) is for controleers
who want to learn to fly two Ukies simultaneously. Confesses WRW:
"When I fly two powered jobs at one time I have had trouble keeping
'em together. With a wire between this tug and my non-powered Tail-End
Charlie I can keep both in sight. I can drive the towed job until
it is almost directly under the tow ship. Control lines to towed
model should be 5 feet shorter than to the tow plane.
"Many new approaches could evolve from this. It would be a splendid
way to teach novice Ukie-ites. Or hook a streamer to the back plane
and fly combat with a similar duo (Ed's note: !!!).
"When that gets too tame, try team combat with two pilots opposing
two other stout-hearted C/Line men! Stunt flying could be run off
the same way. Tow 'cable' should be 15 to 20 feet and at least .021"
diameter. Anchor same securely to tow plane. I mount a spring between
tug and aft-ender."
Okay, Mr. AMA 9012, how's about that pivoting wing job Bobbie
Riddick's holding .... (below, right)
"Ah," admits Walt, "this is not really as extreme as most of
mine, but, then, I've been sleeping better lately - very few nightmares.
I had figured that with the elevator plus half the wing pivoting
she would turn on a dime. Alas, those motors acted like gyros ...
the faster they ran, the less control I had. So the lines snapped
and the pivot-plane crashed breaking off the motors which had been
mounted on the movable outboard wings. Originally she had a Fox
.15 inboard, a Fox .09 outboard. I rebuilt her with one Fox .19.
She flew, but hasn't been completely debugged. Maybe this will give
someone else an idea or two."
"This conglomeration evolved via the following: Outer wing sections
from a Senior 9; center portion started life as a PDQ Flying Clown;
stab and elevator were salvaged from a Warrior."
People. The Navy had these USA air-Nats champs
aboard a carrier at Pensacola Naval Air Station, along with their
Dads: Junior Champion Jim Skarzynski; Senior Champ & Sr. Carrier
winner Larry Miller; Air Youth Champ David Fox; Junior Carrier winner
When you peruse those
rocket pix on page 46, update "Red" Thompson to Captain. Congrats,
Bryant; it couldn't happen to a nicer, more deserving, harder-working
Speed C/Line expert Harold Stevenson who painted some of our
outstanding covers, back from an extensive painting trip abroad,
is conducting extremely successful over-subscribed private classes
for art students showing exceptional promise at his studio on Long
Island's north shore.
Percy Pierce, long-time aviation enthusiast who flew with the
U.S. Army in World War One and was extremely active in developing
air-model programs around Philadelphia - he organized the fantastically
successful Philadelphia Model Aeroplane Association (PMAA) - died
last August. As a boy he set many model endurance marks and prior
to the PMAA started the Junior Aero Club of America in NYC.
Back again to intrigue us with his very flyable "non'flyers",
Don Pratt adds Cox .020 power to Monogram's "poor-mans's Phantom".
Last issue we incorrectly identified Tom Brett's R/C plane which
flew off with the World Championship crown in England as his "Apogee"
- actually it was the Michigander's "Perigee." They are identical
twins inside and out so it was an understandable error. We're running
Tom's plans in Jan/Feb A.M.
(Le)Roy Cox & friends broke ground in Santa Ana, Calif., for
a new Thimble-Drome plant going on a ten acre site. Roy will be
consolidating equipment, personnel and material from his present
8 structures into one. A model flying field will be part of the
Paul Lindberg sez his MiG-19 plastic scale assembly kit has been
duplicated by Russians and is on sale in Moscow stores! 'Twas copied
right down to the rivets.
Wave The Banner. Makers of sponge rubber wheels
on demountable, turned aluminum hubs, Banner Model Co. adds 2-1/2"
diameter size ($1.75 per pair); line now starts at 1" goes to 2-1/2"
via 1/4" increments - similar 2-3/4" size will follow at $1.85 per
pair. Two plastic hubbed 3-inchers still offered at $1.95 (Banner,
218 W. Palm Ave., Burbank, Calif.).
D.P. Follow-Up. Recall Don Pratt's fly-like-mad
glow-plug powered "non-powered shelf scalers" in November A.M.?
Pix shows his latest: Monogram's F-51D (kit #PA77); this is a low
cost version of firm's Phantom Mustang. Cox .020 turned regular
Cox 3-blader. Performance is jim dandy - Don "cheated" with larger
elevator of balsa, kept job light. Remainder is all scale except
controls and wheels. Thanx for updated report, Don.
Posted May 3, 2014