John Hudspeth’s (Amarillo, Texas; email: jehdspth@ suddenlink.net) father, Floyd, took this photo of John in September 1951 at a Control Line (CL) Scale contest in
Cheyenne, Wyoming, when John was 5 years old. Floyd built
and piloted the CL Scale aircraft, modeled after Art Chester’s
full-scale Goodyear racer called Swee’ Pee.
John reminisced that the engine on the model airplane was
a Super Cyclone . 60 glow. Swee’ Pee was covered in silkspan
and dope, and all of the numbers were painted, with no decals
or precut letters.
“As a teenager, I got to fly it and it flew great, but it was like
taking the family car out alone for the first time. Years later, I
Somebody got a bargain.”
John noted that the camera that was used was a Kodak Pony
828 using Kodachrome film. The Pony 828 was introduced
in 1949 as the first in a series of six Pony cameras that were
produced until 1959.
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159 Model Aviation SEP TEMBER 2016
Remembering Swee’ Pee