F4B Control-Line Team
I am 59 years old, trained in chemical engineering, and have been involved with model airplanes for as long as I can remember. My first flying model was a Berkeley SBD that my father helped build. He attempted the first flight because he has hundreds of hours as a radio man/gunner in the real thing. One wingover (unintentional) later the SBD went to that great hanger in the sky and rests in that (large) section reserved for scale models lost on their maiden voyage.
I got a taste for competition as a teenager flying C/L rat race, combat, and carrier. Now that I am grown up, and my reflexes have slowed, my interests are R/C and C/L scale. There are more C/L contests within driving distance so that has been my focus. A profile deHavilland Hornet was the first model I took to the Nats. Once I discovered the techniques for flying it well, I was able to win first place twice. But the best thing about the Nats was the support the other modelers gave me and their encouragement to build an FAI model and try out for the Scale Team. It took me a while to work up to an FAI model, but I built a Henschel 129 and used it to win a place on the 2004 Scale Team. I had the time of my life at the W/C in Poland and placed in the middle of the pack even though one engine proved to be totally unreliable. With new engines, and a lot more practice, the Henschel earned a spot on the 2006 team.
1978-1983 Project Supervisor, Six-time member of the United States F-4B Scale Team.
- 1990 World Championships for Scale Models, Poland
- 1994 World Championships for Scale Models, Netherlands
- 1996 World Championships for Scale Models, France
- 2000 World Championships for Scale Models, Switzerland
- 2002 World Championships for Scale Models, Canada
- 2004 World Championships for Scale Models, Poland
I am a retired corporate pilot, currently running a print shop.
I've been modeling for 58 years, first Free Flight, then C/L- Stunt - B Team Race-Rat Race-Navy Carrier and finally Scale.
First Nats win in Scale came in 1964 at the Dallas Nats
- First Place Scale at the Willow Grove Nats in 1965.
- First W.C. Scale Team was in 1972 in France, what an education!!
- In 1976 both my daugther and myself were on the scale team that went to Sweden.
- On the US Scale team in 1992 in the US (placing third), 1994 in Holland and 1998 in South Africa.
- C/L scale team member 1982, 1988
- 3 time alternate.
- Aircraft is a Partanavia P68c TC powered by 2 OS25 engines. Fully digital control featuring leaflet drop, flaps, throttle and multi engine. 9 pounds total weight
F4C Radio-Control Team
Hal has been building, flying, designing, and competing in model aviation for over 60 years. He previously competed nationally in R/C Aerobatics and Pylon, but for the last 30 years has concentrated his efforts on designing and flying scale aircraft. He has been US National Champion 10 times, regularly places near the top at ScaleMasters and Top Gun, and is a member of the AMA Hall of Fame.
This will be Hal’s fourth World Championships as a member of the F4C team. He previously competed at the World Championships in 1980 in Canada, 2000 in Switzerland, and 2002 in Canada. He competed at those meets with an F8F-2 Bearcat and a Ryan FR-1 Fireball, both of which were his own design.
Hal will be competing in Sweden with a model of a T-28B Trojan called “Perfect Peggy”. The model was flown to a 1st place finish at the 2005 team selection, and it features an Airtronics radio system, Moki 1.8 engine and uses Byron fuel.
Gary has been competing at radio controlled scale events for 10 years, and this will be his first World Championships as a member of the F4C team. He participated at several other World Championships as a US supporter (1980 Canada, 1992 Muncie, 2000 Switzerland, and 2002 Canada).
Gary has placed first at the US Nationals three times, and regularly volunteers as a static judge at National events. He is currently the editor of the NASA Scale Resource Guide, and in his real life is the Controller of a downtown Chicago Tax consulting firm.
Gary will also be flying a model of the T-28B Trojan” in Sweden, and the model has identical markings as his father Hal’s T-28B. This model is also powered by a Moki 1.8 engine with Byron fuel and controlled by an Airtronics radio system.
I am 68 years young resides in Santa Rosa, California and has been flying RC for the past 30 years. Starting out "sport flying", then the competition bug bit. Flew pattern competing at local and National events for several years. Since designing and building are more satisfying, a switch to RC Scale was his next challenge. Competing and judging at several F4C Team Selections, Scale Masters Championships, Top Gun and AMA Nationals for 25 years.
He was an F4C team member at the Scale World Champion in 1996 in Perigueux France and 1998 in Pretoria South Africa. He attended the Scale World Championships as a Supporter in 1990, 1992, 1994, 2000 and 2002.
Wayne placed first at the AMA Nationals in Sportsman, Sport Scale in 1981 with his P-39 Bell Airacobra and has been campaigning his 1918 Fokker D VIII for the past several years but hopes to have his new aircraft, a T-34C Beechcraft Mentor ready for this World Championships in Sweden.
I am a retired Naval Aviator (F-4's, A-7's etc) living near Tallahassee Florida. I currently own a full scale Starduster Too. I began model building in 1939 and have competed in full scale and model cars, boats, and airplanes.
I won "National Champion" at the 2003 Nats and competed on the 2004 US F4C Team in Poland with my 27% scale Culver "Cadet", modeled after my full scale Cadet, built from modified Clements plans, wingspan 80in, weight 19lb. The Cadet is powered by an OS 160 twin, retracts are custom CJM, finish is Stits, and the radio is an Airtronics "Stylus".