The event winners (L-R): Thane Kirchhoff,
Andrew Kirchhoff, Andrew Williams, Mike
Bailey, Joe Chovan, Justin Ammon, Darren
Ammon, and David Day. David Lorentzen photo.
fighter’s covering and putting lead in the
nose of the two ODR airplanes.
Although much of Kansas is flat, the
Lucas area is an unexpected gem of
Slope flying sites. Wilson Lake is a large
reservoir surrounded by hills and bluffs,
allowing flying in many wind directions.
The size of the lake provides several
miles of clear fetch in front of the slopes,
creating beautiful, smooth lift.
The wind for our Thursday practice
and two days of the formal event this
year was from the southeast or east,
allowing all activities to be held on the
The organizing club, Wings Over
Wilson (WOW), has relationships with
a number of local farmers for additional
sites should wind conditions require a
change of venue.
After arriving at the site on the
morning of Thursday, May 16, Bryan
got out his scratch-built ODR, and with
me holding my breath, he gave it a toss.
It flew well! I threw mine to the wind,
trimmed it, and flew it hard for the next
Bryan’s P- 63 Kingcobra, on the other
hand, did not fare as well. He gave it
a couple of tosses, and each time it
waggled its way down to the bottom of
the slope. As luck would have it, Jack
Cooper showed up and volunteered to
give Bryan a private lesson on the art of
flying a warbird in marginal lift. Bryan
doesn’t have much Slope experience.
Most of his RC experience is in powered
Combat, where strong stick movements
are rewarded with streamer cuts, and
pulling back on the elevator makes the
airplane go up. This is not so with a
Slope fighter in marginal winds.
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