The Redline Airshows team of Ken Rieder and Jon Thocker smokes
down the runway following an impressive formation aerobatics
display at Wings & Warbirds Over Port Clinton.
Wings & Warbirds
Over Port Clinton
brings together scale
models of all vintages
to fly in a true air show
format. It’s fun for
pilots and spectators
by Jim Hiller
Summer 2015 finished in a great way, with two enjoyable model meets: Wings & Warbirds Over
Port Clinton, in Port Clinton, Ohio,
followed by the return of the Labor Day
weekend Dayton Ohio Giant Scalers
(D.O.G.S.) Airshow, held in Dayton,
Wings & Warbirds is an unusual event.
Not only is it a model airplane fun-fly,
it’s also an air show. It includes full-scale
aerobatics and warbird flybys.
The FAA stationed an observer on
the field to observe the August 22-
23 event and the coordination of the
model aircraft and full-scale flying.
The first pilots’ briefing required a
visit to the conference room. It was a
formal briefing with the air boss for
full-scale operations and the model
aircraft flightline coordinator, along
with comments from the FAA observer,
setting the stage for the weekend’s
The FAA observer requested that jet
modelers keep the maximum airspeed
at less than 150 mph because the flight-box size would be limited for safety
reasons (the north area had an active
Model flying started at 9 a.m.,
Grumman Avenger from the Liberty
Aviation Museum. After its flight, it was
displayed within walking distance of the
Model flying resumed, with some
breaks for full-scale aerobatics—
including a formation aerobatics show
by Ken Rieder and Jon Thocker of
Redline Airshows. These top-quality air
show performers flew Van’s Aircraft RV-
8s and were a highlight of the event.
This fun-fly is held at the Erie-Ottawa International Airport, with all
model aircraft flying from the north/
south runway. Normal flight operations
continued on the east/west runway,
which is located beyond the northern
end of the show runway.
box for model
flying was set up
to ensure safe
spotters at the north end prevented us
from overflying the active runway. A
spotter directly in front of us helped us
avoid overflying some aircraft hangars
and the aircraft parking ramp.
The flightline coordinator worked
with control tower officials to hold full-scale activities on the east/west runway
when a turbine model was flying. There
was concern about whether the jet
models with greater airspeed could be
safely operated without violating the
north end of the flight box. This was
truly appreciated when we were flying
our large, heavy scale jets.
Yes, this air show is complicated not
only for the organizers, but also for all
of the pilots involved—both full-scale
and model. Thanks to good coordination,
communication, and pilot discipline, all
worked well and we had a great time
flying and enjoying the air show. I flew
my Der Jet Vampire, along with Ken
Olsen’s FeiBao T- 33—a great aircraft for
this warbird event.
Of course, along with the jets,
a warbird event has to have some
wonderful flight scrambles with aircraft
from World War I and World War II
represented. This event is open to all
types and sizes of models, with plenty of
flying for all.
A variety of modeling was
represented—from small electric-powered aircraft to large scale warbirds.
There were also some 3-D flights, along
with civilian scale aircraft.
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