Three Norfolk Aeromodeler’s competed at the Jim Coll Memorial Contest (8/8 & 8/9-2015).
Saturday morning was cool, windy with a touch of rain coming in. The contest was started with the
Pilots Meeting. Just as the meeting was completed a Northern Virginia Control Line member
(Scott Richlen) steps onto center stage and ask for John Lindberg to step forward. John was presented
with a pair of red suspenders to wear during the contest. Well, John stated that he did not want to be
the only person to wear suspenders at the contest. Then Brad Smith, (member of Eastern Shore Aeromodelers),
stepped forward and stated that he wore suspenders everyday. So the first picture of the weekend is below.
John Lindberg is on the left and Brad Smith is on the right.
Saturdays events were OLD TIME SUNT and PROFILE STUNT. The Norfolk Aeromodelers walked away
with two trophies. Phil Spillman won first place in the Old Time Expert event. I received a third place trophy
in the Profile Advance category. As stated before. “It was windy”. Just about everyone that flew made the
comment, “I survived that flight”.
Phil Spillman experienced a once is a life time event there Saturday. Phil was flying his winning Old Time
flight and all of a sudden two F-16 fighter jets came out of no where and were on top of us at tree top level with
an extra loud KA-BOOM. Everyone at the field was hitting the deck. Phil was still flying his Old Time pattern.
Just after Phil landed someone yelled, “Phil, you need to check you shorts”. Phil came back with a,
“That scared the Be-Jesus out of me”. Heck, everyone there was scared for a second or two.
Those F-16’s were loud and moving out.
Here is a shot of Phil Spillman getting ready to take-off on one of his Old Time flights.
Here is Dick Houser, (NVCL member), flying the Old Time pattern:
Here is Scott Richlen, (NVCL member), flying the Old Time pattern:
Here is John Saunders, (Philly Flyers member), flying the Old Time pattern:
Sunday was a picture perfect day to fly model airplanes by being around 85 degrees and light breeze.
I started off by leaving out the Triangle maneuver in my pattern. On my second attempt, the battery
ejected out of my model. Well, at I was having a good time. In the Expert PA circle, Steve Fitton can
in second place. Also in the Expert PA, Phil Spillman had some nice flights. Our AMA District IV AVP,
Mark Weiss, from Wilmington Delaware received a second place trophy in Intermediate PA.
Here is Phil Spillman receiving his trophy from Mrs. Coll:
Here is Steve Fitton receiving his Trophy from Mrs. Coll:
Here is Mark Weiss receiving his Trophy from Mrs. Coll:
Here is Gerry Glier, (NVCL member), receiving his Advance PA third place trophy from Mrs. Coll:
Here is Bub Reese, (SLOW club member), receiving his Advance PA third place trophy from Mrs. Coll:
Here is Alan Buck receiving his Advance PA first place trophy from Mrs. Coll:
Here is Joe Colly, (NVCL member), receiving his Beginner PA second place trophy from Mrs. Coll:
Here is view of the pit area at the field:
Here are some of the great looking model airplanes at the Jim Coll Memorial Contest on Sunday:
How about a panorama view of the shelters there at the Easter Shore Aeromodelers flying field.
As you can tell by the pictures that this is one nice contest to attend.
Feel free to forward to any Control Line modeler.
Tight lines, John Tate