Hot on the heels of Hal’s article about his recent scale aircraft ventures, I too have experienced the excitement surrounding scale flight. This week is the annual event known as Joe Nall held at Triple Tree Aerodrome in Woodruff, SC. I would put this event in the class of Oshkosh for large scale remote controlled aircraft enthusiasts. It’s just one of those events you have to experience – words nor pictures really tell the whole story. People come from all over the world to enjoy fellowship with their peers in this hobby. Here are a few pictures from today.
In the picture above, the gentleman in red is Quique Somenzini also known as the godfather of 3-D. He gave a stunning performance of his Pitts Python 100 (which is based from the Pitts Model 12), including a new maneuver where the top ailerons move in the opposite direction of the bottom ailerons, acting much like air brakes. From what I gathered from the announcer and the crowd’s reaction, this flight characteristic for the Python has not been seen in public. Quique also brought along his scale version of the Turbine Toucan – and yes, it has a true turbine engine!
Pat Hartness, the owner of Triple Tree has a few vintage full scale aircraft on the field, including this very well maintained Stearman PT-17.
Finally, this is a beautiful scale Beaver that is made out of 100% Aluminum and was flown to Joe Nall in a huge crate from Germany. There are over 12,000 rivots and has real working lights! I did not get to see this bird fly, but she sure is impressive sitting still! If you have any interest in this type of flying, then Joe Nall is the place to be mid-May each year.