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This year's Float fly had it all. The weather would have made a Chamber of Commerce postcard with light winds and perfect temperatures and lots of blue skies! The pilots were ready to start the fun fly season with lots of new airplanes (and some old favorites as well) along with plenty of enthusiasm.
Float flying really needs two people to safely launch a model airplane. The engine is running and the pilot has his hands full with transmitter duties while the helper has to place the airplane in the water without dousing the engine (or requiring first aid!). There is a certain amount of dexterity involved and here Cliff Sands readies his beautiful Mort Sullivan built Venture 60 for Bruce Tharpe to take it for a spin.
Of course, one can avoid all of the drama of placing a running nitro plane in the water if one has an electric plane. Mort Sullivan is getting ready to fly his Carbon Cub (electric).
There were many out of town flyers who make the trip every year to share in the fun. Coy Dhroman makes the trip from Klamath Falls and Bob Campbell drives down from Sutherlin way. Both are regulars at float flies in Southern Oregon.
Half of the fun is seeing old friends who just come out to spectate. Paul Chapman (right) is trying to ignore Tom Evert's mustache comb. Actually, no one seems to know what that object is ... could it be a small spanner wrench seen edge-on?
Our good friend Glen Fraser made the trip from Merlin to supervise and soak up some sun.
Many pilots braved the blazing sunshine to work on their ... er ... sunburn.
In no particular order, here are the role models for SPF 50 sunscreen.
The motley crew
This weekend was one of the best from a spectator's viewpoint
as there was always a plane in the air and many times 3 or 4 or 5!
The men who manned the retrieval boat deserve a special shout-out!