Report on the September 12, 2015 Giant Scale Fly-In

A beautiful day greeted the 37 registrants from twelve communities who gathered on September 12th for the Giant Scale Fly-In at Salina's Smoky Hill Model Flying Club's field. Between 40 and 60 planes were pulled out of vans, cars, trucks and trailers to populate the grassy pit area. The sound of big-bore engines soon broke the silence and planes began slicing their way through the sky.

Perhaps the two most unusual planes were a 50% Piper J-3 Cub and a plane about the same size but without a name, both powered by twin-engine prop-spinners. The Cub was owned and flown by Jim Ewers from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. The Cub acted as though it had been flown before and performed loops, stall-turns, inverted flight, knife-edges, rolling circles and startling take-offs and gentle landings.

The other large plane resembled a "profile" plane of control-line vintage, although it was RC. Owned by Art Klenda, it's only flight of the day was short and faulty. The engine sheared the prop bolts and the plane dropped not so gracefully in the milo. Miraculously, the prop was not broken but the landing gear was torn off.

A raffle was conducted, giving away two $100, four $50 and three $25 merchandise certificates, the latter from Tower Hobbies.

Lunch was provided to 69 persons, consisting of pulled pork, hot-links, baked beans, cole slaw, macaroni and potato salads, cookies, pop and water.

Bill Burrows entertained during the lunch hour by playing a guitar and mandolin and singing near the pilot shade.

Many factors came together to make for a delightful and satisfying day.

Registrants came from Americus, Manhattan, Topeka, Salina, Wichita, McPherson, Osborne, Broken Arrow, Ok., Lindsborg, New Cambria, Sterling and Valley Center Hillsboro and Haven.

Congratulations to Andrew Smith, a newly-coined CD who performed the necessary work to sanction the meet with AMA and to manage registration.

Flying continued until after 6:00.

----Marshall Stanton, President, Smoky Hill Model Flying Club

Thanks to Marshall Stanton for the event report, and to Larry Geiger for submitting these great pictures from the event. If anyone has additional pictures that should appear here, please submit them so they can be added.





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