Winter Build Challenge, Maiden Flight Party - April 14, 2018

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The Rogue Eagles season began with a brand new event that challenged and inspired 25 club members to select, build and then maiden a wide variety of RC kits both ancient and modern.

Bruce Tharpe got the ball rolling around August of last year. He introduced the Challenge in the September, 2017, Rogue Eagle newsletter by describing the challenge to the club and inviting members to participate.

During the winter, news and updates plus pictures of everyone's efforts were continuously posted to Facebook.

It was a kick for everyone to follow the progress and either cheer on or have sympathy for the builders as they waded through constructing, covering and the final Nervous Nellie First Flight!

Below we see the final group and their airplanes before the Moment of Truth.

  • (Left to Right):
  • Martin Sherman
  • Joe Geiger
  • Jody Diaz
  • Scott Hudson
  • Jess Walls
  • Ben Musolf
  • Larry Miller
  • Rick Lindsey
  • Doug McKee
  • Larry Myers
  • Rod Elledge
  • Mort Sullivan
  • Alex Stevens
  • Bruce Tharpe
  • Alan Littlewood

There was more than the average amount of camera clicking going on before the flying was to begin. In no particular order, here are some of the people who enjoyed the event.

  • Don't rub your eyes… it really is a pink polka-dotted airplane. This delta winged Vortex is kitted by none other than Bruce Tharpe! It flew like a pattern bird and made a pretty nice take-off and landing. Rick Lindsey said he was pleasantly surprised that when he finished the wing, the fuselage was a snap. There is no fuselage to speak of.

  • The Vortex is a beautiful flyer but definitely lacks handholds, especially with the engine running. Note that Rick Lindsey is trying hard to avoid doing what Ben Musolf did... That spinning thing up front is sharp!

The stars of the show are always the actual planes that fly. It should be noted that EVERY airplane that was maidened today made a successful - and even more important - non-lethal landing!

There were many people who I need to thank foremost of which is Pat Dunlap who took fully half of these shots. And on behalf of the Rogue Eagles, thanks to Jerry Stinson and his wife for cooking the burgers and thanks to everyone else who made this possible. The Rogue Eagles have started the year with a whoosh and a bang!