The Sixth Annual Meeting of the Vintage R/C SocietySeptember 4 - 5, 2015, at Agate Skyways, Oregon

(Images with gold borders are clickable. CLICK ME to learn more.)

Vintage Radio Control Society means old airplanes (at least 35 years old) and sometimes very old radios. Twenty-nine pilots showed up for two days of relaxed cordial fun flying. CD'ed by Bruce Tharpe, this event seems to grow each year. We even had a few out of towners who drove a few hundred miles to fly with us.

The Pilots

  • Left to Right:
  • Rod Graham
  • Jim Spurlock
  • Bruce Harlow
  • Rich DeMartini
  • Rod Elledge's grandson
  • Rod Elledge
  • Phil Baehne
  • Clark Wolf
  • Martin Sherman
  • Jack Shaffer
  • Gary Neal
  • Les Simmons
  • Bruce Tharpe
  • John Gaines
  • Bob Campbell
  • Dale McCuistion
  • Not Pictured:
  • Rick Lindsey
  • Cecil Mead
  • Jess Walls
  • Dave Bartholomew
  • Jay Strickland
  • Richard Schwegerl
  • Larry Myers
  • Matt Cody
  • Jason Snyder
  • Calvin Emigh
  • Bob Stamm
  • Joe Geiger
  • Gary Jenks
  • Bill Bevels

Pilot's Choice Voting

Our Sky on Friday

The Rogue Eagles have their airstrip in what is known as the Agate Desert. Local rainstorms have a habit of missing the actual runway but sometimes the skies can be threatening. Occasionally, someone (Bruce Harlow here) dares to brave the elements and sometimes there are a few exciting moments.

New This Year - A Reed Emulator

Some Great Flight Shots

More Planes

Half the fun of the VRCS is seeing what the other guys bring.

The Aeromasters

The Aeromaster, designed by Lou Andrews in the mid 1960s, just might be the most popular RC biplane of all time. The kit remained in production for over 40 years, first by Andrews and later by Great Planes.

Year of the Astro-Hog

There were four of them at the event this year. The Astro-Hog was the first truly successful low-wing RC design and became super popular in the late 1950s. It was kitted early on by Berkeley Models and later by Sig Manufacturing.

Joe Geiger came up from Eureka, CA and brought this gorgeous Hog. Joe is the brother-in-law of new club member, Jess Walls.

Award Winners

  • PILOT'S CHOICE AWARD

    Rod Graham's adorable Aeronca C-3 was the clear winner this year. He presented the plane along with its old kit box, engine box, and a vintage transmitter. The kit was made by Joy Products which was later bought by Balsa USA. Rod kept his bird safely on the ground - flying is not required for this award.

  • VINTAGE SPIRIT AWARD

    The CD presented 80-year-old Cecil Mead with this award for his enthusiasm and good nature. He drove down from Lafayette (near McMinnville) and flew with us both days. He used dancing thumbs, body English, and running commentary to control his plane - a very entertaining pilot!

Conclusion

The VRCS is a great event made even better by the participants. Thanks to Bruce Tharpe for running this event for the past three years. And thanks to Nick Benedetti, Corina Wentworth, and Bruce Tharpe for contributing the majority of the photos for this web page. All photos are credited including those taken by your webmaster and VR/CS enthusiast, Rick Lindsey.