In addition to the RC flightlines, there were three CL circles at Triple
Tree. There is where we met 8-year-old Layla Barry from Grovetown
GA, flying with her dad. Layla has been flying CL since she was 3 years
old. Anyone could take a demo flight on a CL airplane, and both the
author and his wife gave it a go.
Austrian champion Gernot Bruckmann flew an aerotow-launched scale
sailplane during the noon demonstrations. Gernot has a retail RC
dealership based in Austria.
Giant Scale takes on another dimension with this 14-foot-long Airworld
Models F- 104 Starfighter flown by Ali Machinchy. Ali works for Horizon
Hobby and is one of the premier demonstration pilots at Joe Nall Week.
The aircraft was built by Trond Hammerstad from Norway and uses a
single BF-Turbines B300F turbine.
with World War II aircraft from many of the war’s combatants.
Aside from the talent invited to perform the demos were
untold numbers of brilliant attendees, from the man pitting
next to me with mind-boggling, complex, cutting-edge
computer systems designed to automatically trim his airplane
under every circumstance, to 14-year-old Kobe Cantin on the
3-D flightline, who flew with grace, skill, and maturity well
beyond his years, to designer/builder Chuck Gratner who
designed and scratch-built his own vision of the quintessential
1930s-era Golden Age air racer that he named the Riley
Joe Nall Week is, as you might gather, a huge event with
something amazing happening along the flightlines all day
and night. I certainly couldn’t see it all, or even report a small
fraction of it, but I can tell you that as my wife and I sat on
the lawn outside of the hangar during the barbecue dinner,
listening to a live jazz concert and watching the sun set while
surrounded by 1,000 or so of our fellow modelers, we both
looked at each other and said, “We must be livin’ right because
this is just about as good as it gets.”
Even with all of these stories, and the stats, and the enormity
of it all, the Joe Nall event is hard to describe. But on Friday,
the event’s emcee and rambling “Mouth of the South,” Bob
Sadler, wrapped it up nicely in his description of Joe Nall
Week. He said, “It’s not an airplane meet. It’s a people meet
that just happens to have airplanes.”
Riley Model B
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