James Martin’s 1/7-scale Skymaster
F- 14 with its swing wing is powered
by Jet Central Cheetah turbines.
Archie Stafford’s 35-pound Tomahawk Futura
2.5m jet placed third in the Sport Jet class.
David Malchione Jr.’s BVM Ultra Bandit
relied on a JetCat P-200 turbine for power.
Something magical happened at Paradise Field in Lakeland, Florida, during three days in early March
that will be remembered as one of the
epic international RC jet events of 2016.
More than a year ago, Frank Tiano
thought that jet pilots and builders would
enjoy a new aerobatic jet event where
they could compete with each other on a
higher level. While sitting around with his
friend, Peter Goldsmith, the pair decided
to name the event Red Flag.
Frank would handle acquiring and
preparing the venue and he recruited Ray
Labonte to be in charge of everything else.
The team concept worked well and the
inaugural Red Flag RC Jet Competition
During the March 7-9 event, two
flightlines were in operation. There
were several event classes with some
pilots flying in more than one class. The
competition was fierce and very close in
some of the categories.
It was impressive to see the jet pilots
performing the flight patterns and
freestyle maneuvers so well. The inbound/
outbound flight paths were separated
for safety and the pilots were asked to
perform a photo pass, which would also
help alert the next pilot to prepare for
Ray brought a team down from Maine
to make sure everything went smoothly,
and it did. Thank you to AMA Education
Director Bill Pritchett and the AMA for
providing real-time scoring. The audience
participated in the judging, which was
live online at the Pattern Score Board (see
“Sources”). There was also a giant-screen
monitor where the pilots and fans could
view the latest scores.
The morning classes included Scale,
Sport, Electric, and Intro Jet. Peter
Goldsmith earned the top score in the
Aerobatic Scale Jet class. He said that it felt
great to fly his Skymaster F-19F Cougar in
the Scale Pattern and that this aircraft was
the best choice for the Scale class.
Jason Shulman earned the top score in
the Aerobatic Sport Jet category. Jason
wanted to fly in a jet Pattern contest
because he is a diehard Pattern pilot who
loves competition. He said he only gets
to fly jets once a year and the Red Flag
schedule was perfect timing.
Jason feels that the best way to prepare
Photos by the author
26 Model Aviation JULY 2016