Snoopy makes a strafing run behind enemy
lines. The author likens him to an electric
kite because of his outstanding slow-flight
Shortly before New Year’s Day, my family decided we should go to a movie. I was settling into my seat with popcorn and a soft drink when the
trailer for the new 3-D The Peanuts Movie flashed on
the screen. There he was, 3-D Snoopy flying across the
screen in pursuit of the Red Baron.
I flashed back to 1968 when my dad and I attended
the Weak Signals’ annual RC trade show in Toledo,
Ohio. That was the first time I saw a radio-controlled
Snoopy Doghouse fly. I was mesmerized and I had to
have one. The seed was planted ...
After a 30-year absence from RC models, I returned
to this crazy addiction five years ago. I was amazed
by all of the advances. It was as though I had been
teleported in time. There were reliable radios, high-performance electric-powered airplanes, models
made out of foam, controllable helicopters, and micro
RTF four-channel airplanes costing less than $100. I
was hooked again! With these new technologies and
materials, the impossible was now possible, and first on
my list was the pursuit of the Red Baron.
by Otto Dieffenbach
41 Model Aviation DECEMBER 2015