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Posted by sonny1 | Jul 14, 2009 @ 03:56 AM | 6,866 Views
Well, I'll start this out by saying that my bio says it all, (click on my username to find the bio). I've been building and flying, (and crashing!!), model airplanes since the age of 8. Nights were often spent building model airplanes; most weekends we were flying or competing....thanks Dad. I've been in & out of the sport a few times over the years, (life has a way of doing that you know?), but my heart and some of my fondest memories revolve around model aviation. I was fortunate enough to have a dad who took a week off of work in the summer of 1963 so he and I could compete in the 1963 AMA NATS; I was all of 10. Dad flew "C" Free-Flight; I flew 1/2A, & A class (Jr. Division). I flew against Sal Taibi Jr., (he beat me!); dad flew against Sal Sr., (dad got beat too!). I got some good air and manged a 4th. place in A Gas FF...Sal Taibi Jr. was 3rd., (I forget who was 1st. & 2nd.). What an honor to compete against giants of the model aviation world. Later in life I was an early member and vice-president of Central Valley Radio Control Soaring, (CVRC); home of one of the largest sailplane contests in the world: The Fall Soaring Festival. I currently am a proud member of the Pismo Beach Soaring Society; a small bunch of great human beings who are crazy about soaring. I proudly carry the same AMA number I had in 1963: 30462. Obviously my love of this sport is evident; I wish my building and flying skills matched my enthusiasm. I will post a few pics of my...Continue Reading