The mystical brush hog has finally made its way to Ken Page Field and MARCS members can now fetch their downed airplanes without threat of damage to their shins. More mowing should be happening this week but we now have the required room for the Midwest Showdown quad race later this month. We’ll be posting some aerial shots and fly-by video soon.
MARCS had the honor of hosting the maiden flight of Tom Miller’s Cessna. His son and current MARCS member Robert Miller provided the following story about the airplane.
Dr. Tom began building his Top Flite Cessna 182 just before and after his wife Ruth passed away. He is 87 years old and it was compiled after 2 1/2 years. He built his first balsa plane 80 years ago at age 7 and won his first balsa rubber band indoor free flight competition at age 11.
The Cessna was brought to the MARCS field to have the president of the club Marc Stermer trim it out and test fly it. Marc loved it.
Other info about the airplane
1996 Top Flite Cessna 182 Gold edition kit designed for nitro engines and converted to electric using his own design. He bought the kit in 1996.
Castle 90 ESC Rimfire 120 3 Blade Master Airscrew Prop Nose gear runs on a separate servo Battery: 2 – 3000 mah 3s in series
This week’s featured pilot is Phil with his Lazer Toyz Lazer. It took our chase pilot (Jason) about 30 seconds to figure out the speed and the maneuverability of the Lazer so be patient, the video turned out pretty good.
The MARCS annual memorial fun-fly, open house, and picnic to start our flying season is on Sunday June 2nd from 10am to 4pm. Everyone is invited including the public. There will be a raffle for a ready-to-fly Corsair model plane (photos below) and members will offer guidance and instruction to interested modelers and people who have questions about joining our club. We’ll even have instructors and a few trainer planes available so we can give new pilots a chance to try out flying!
The picnic will feature grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, and soft drinks provide by the club. Admission and parking for the event is free but there will be a donation jar on-hand if you would like to help support the club. Club members will be bringing side dishes (and guests may do that as well) so we always have a lot of great food at our picnic!
At around noon we will have a ceremony to honor members who have “Flown West” and this usually includes a “missing man” formation. Otherwise it’s open flying all day. Guest pilots are required to have an AMA membership because MARCS is an AMA field. Please bring a current AMA card with you if you would like to fly.