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Posted by Conehead | Nov 06, 2012 @ 11:19 AM | 6,325 Views
I got this from a friend on FB. I don't usually watch videos, but this time I did. I was very moved, why, I cannot tell you. Maybe because my Grandson is overseas in the Army in Afganstan, maybe it is because of all the fellows I worked with in the can factory who were WW II veterans, some of the others were in Korea and 'Nam and they came back. For the life of me, I don't know why I was so moved.

All I can say is this. Being the pilot of an Angel Flight is an honor, much like being one of The Old Guard who guards the Tomb of the unknowns.

These men and woman who serve are heroes many times over. God Bless them All.
Conehead
Orrin Eldred

Angel Flight (Radio Tower Remix) - w/ Lyrics (4 min 8 sec)

Posted by Conehead | Nov 05, 2012 @ 11:27 AM | 6,227 Views
I don't ask to fly other people's airplanes usually. I have on one or two occasions over the years, but I just don't do that. At the JR Indoor Event I was watching Joe Malinchak fly his Night Vapor with Durabatic foam floats that he built for it. They weight almost nothing. He said, Here, fly it,!! I was flabergasted. Joe wants me to fly his plane. I have a Night Vapor and so I know the airframe. Joe tossed it into the air, I flew across the lake and turned to make an approach to land on the water. I landed, throttled up and away we went. I did that about 5 or 6 times and then landed it on the ground in front of Joe. I was thrilled beyond belief. Joe let me fly one of his planes.

Then Joe said, wait, you got to fly my Folker. So over we went, he got this little plane, a work of art in my mind, off we went to the micro area. He made sure it would fly and then he handed me the transmitter and I throttled up, he tossed it and off it went. I was flying the smallest airplane I have ever flown, the lightest, and most delicate plane ever. Joe has created a work of art. I flew it around about 10 times, then back towards us, Joe held out his hand, I came in pretty close and cut the throttle, Joe caught it.

What a thrill. I am now an RC pilot. Joe let me fly one of his creations. You have to remember, Joe builds the smallest, lightest aircraft ever. He flew a 10 gram A-10 Warthog this year. Amazing.

So thank you Joe. You have given me a thrill in RC that is beyond belief. What a great guy you are.

Conehead
Orrin Eldred
Posted by Conehead | Nov 05, 2012 @ 11:15 AM | 6,190 Views
I started going to the JR Indoor Event, I believe back in 2006 or there about. I was very worried about flying in the dome the first year. I was all over the place, I had fun, but wondered if I would ever learn to fly inside. I drove up from Cincinnati Ohio after the event to fly there on Saturday nights, I learned a lot then and the next year I was very comfortable in the Dome. I picked out places to fly outside that were close to the dome size and forced myself to fly inside those areas. Made a world of difference then.

This year was the Best Ever year for the JR Indoor Festival. We had air races again. The first year was the P-51 Mustang. I knew I couldn't fly one of those, so I didn't race, Next year was the T-28. I had one of those, so I raced, didn't win, but in the raffle for the planes I won one. Last year was the Polecat, I raced, I was terrible. I landed early didn't hurt the plane, but the other pilots destroyed them by the end of the race event. This year we went back to T-28, I raced, the event was fun, I didn't make it out of the first round. My friends said when I turned in my plane asked if I understood the rules of pylon racing. They stated to me I was supposed to fly around the pylons, not try to do 3 D with the T-28 between the pylons. One fellow said I got one lap in, the other pilots got 6 laps in and I had the most air time, although it was between the roof of the dome and almost the floor of the dome, but not around the pylons. My flying was the...Continue Reading