Even during the busiest times of my life I have endeavored to maintain some
form of model building activity. This site has been created to help me chronicle
my journey through a lifelong involvement in model aviation, which
all began in Mayo, MD
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Little Traveler Fundraiser Flight for St. Jude Children's Hospital - 2009
!!! SUCCESS !!! $1639.53 Donated Thanks to all! (Click here for the 2010 event!)
After a shaky test-flight at the Cairo airport,
(NEVER wait until the day of your cross-country flight to find out if your model
plane will even fly!!!!)...........
THE LITTLE TRAVELER flew from Olmsted, Illinois...to...Boaz,
Illinois...a total of 15.3 actual miles...NON-STOP!....and landed in my Uncle Wayne's back yard
without even flipping over on roll-out !!!!!!!!
A Sterling Minnie Mambo, powered by a Cox "Red
Scorpion" .049 engine from Bernie and Xena at Cox International, and guided by two Cox Micro Servos
(also from Cox International), flew the 15.3 mile route in approximately 34 minutes.
Driver: Mike Bloom, along
with: Safety Officer...Timer...Official Witness...Search Coordinator...Vehicle/Aircraft Alignment Manager...and...Generally
Positive Thinker...Rory Rubel, and myself, pursued the little aircraft in Mike's pick-up truck.
It successfully traveled across miles of Illinois farmland, over the middle of Karnak, Illinois, and
out to Boaz, where I held it in an orbit until it ran out of fuel (no throttle or engine control!).
I was able to glide it down, sliding in above the soybeans for a landing, and an end to all
of the theories, angles, and ideas I've been bouncing off of friends for the past few months!
At present, I'm estimating a donation total of around $1400
in the bucket for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, an it's completely fine with me if
any of you wishes to do a post-flight celebration donation! I've still got a bucket here at the
airport office, Doug still has his at Tailwinds Hobby Center, and you can always email me for a meeting!
I'm gonna hold everything for week to get caught up, then send the donations to St. Jude Hospital.
Thanks to everyone who pledged and donated...EVERY dime is greatly appreciated!
wild-eyed and wind-burned right now, but will have photos and video frames out tomorrow!
again! Not-Quite-Lindbergh-But-Close Kim Stricker
In October of 2009, aerophilanthropist and all-around good guy Kim Stricker is planning
to complete a daring 15.2-mile flight of his specially constructed "Little Traveler" radio
controlled airplane to help out the kids at St. Jude Children's Hospital.
Pledges are being accepted now, and 100% of the donations will go to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Such aeronautical flights are highly dependent on weather and, at this time of year, length of the day,
so please contact Kim to make your pledge ASAP. Updates will be posted here and on
page as they become available.
This is Kim's description of the event:
Here's a photo of the Little Traveler / Minnie Mambo with it's new paint. I
rigged the controls today (tiny Cox Micro servos from Xenalook that almost get lost in the fuselage!).
I'm now running the plumbing for the 4 ounce tank that I hope will fuel this little plane for it's
15 mile + non-stop flight.
I still don't have the info from St. Jude. In all fairness, I
did kinda spring this on them with a fast-approaching deadline. In the event that I don't get some
kind of dedicated site for contributions, perhaps those folks who'd like to support our flight could
use one of the paths listed below:
Please make donation here: --- Thank-you! ---
St. Jude Children's Hospital Email:
email@example.com Phone: 1-800-805-5856 Mail: St. Jude Children's Research
Hospital 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105
Tailwinds R/C Hobby Center (map) (located in the Cape Town Plaza where Candy
Cane Cleaners used to be) 1 South Plaza Way Cape Girardeau, MO 63703-5808 (573)
651-8778 There is a donation jar on the counter
As a grown-up kid who still loves to play, I sincerely thank everyone for their support of St. Jude
Just a note to say that the Radio Controlled cross-country flight
of "The Little Traveler" is still on. The plane is pretty much finished, with color paint
coats and final assembly left to go. It looks like we ought to be able to pull off the flight sometime
in mid-October. involves the range of the little airplane. I'd wanted to keep everything "severe
old-school" and fly the plane with the factory type of fuel tank we all used as kids. However,
the longest run I get with a Dragonfly factory tank (15 cc's) was a little over 6 minutes, meaning
that our 15.2 mile flight would have around 5 or 6 fuel stops. After
getting a note from Brent, asking about the possibility of doing the trip non-stop, I started re-thinking
the whole deal, and decided to go for broke, and installed a 4 ounce fuel tank in the little plane.
It may not sound like much, but to the Cox Red Scorpion .049 engine, it's almost a tanker load!
I believe this should give the Little Traveler a flying time of about 37 minutes to make the 15.2 miles,
providing that plane can lift itself off the ground. So now, we're going "Lindbergh Style"...non-stop!
Also, the flight was supposed to originate from the ball field in Olmsted, but the the
field has been converted for soccer, with grass growing over the infield dirt the Little Traveler was
gonna use for a run-way. So, we're gonna light it up on main street, and climb out over the heli-pad
behind the fire station.
I was hoping to streamline donations to St. Jude by seeing if they would
set up a site to receive money in the name of the flight, but got directed to a web page out-lining
various requirements and restrictions for their support (or is it their "receiving our support"?).
Anyway, it looks like I'm just gonna collect the cash myself and send it to them after the fact.
We'll work out a way to get the donations to me, and you all will just have to trust me!
included the info pages that I'd previously posted on Facebook...for those hold-outs (like Jamie!)
who DON'T have Facebook accounts...but may want to support the flight. The pages aren't updated
yet...that's what this note is for.
Rory is still lined up as the official driver, photographer,
timer, videographer, safety officer, P.R. Rep., counselor, emergency search coordinator, equipment grip,
and certified witness to the flight...(after being bribed with the offer of a free dinner at Shoguns!)
That's about it...I've managed to get a lot of stuff going at once here lately, but still
hope to get time to shoot some color paint on this thing and get some test flights in before it flys
off into The Great Unknown!
As I said before, if The Little Traveler survives this Journey, it'll
be sent on more ambitious adventures in the future.
Later.........Lucky Kim (somehow, it just
doesn't ring like, "Lucky Lindy"...)