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Posted by Jim T. Graham | Jan 22, 2009 @ 12:02 AM | 33,299 Views
It just found out that Chris Chianelli has passed away. Chris and I crossed paths many times, and while it was usually business related, we always wound up having a great time. I had seen Chris's TV show many times before I met him and was excited to help him back in my early Hobby Lobby days. We did a few shows together, and we always enjoyed talking about the hobby and what we saw in its future. When we shot an episode of DIY's Radio Control Hobbies show on the outskirts of Chattanooga, TN, in the middle of taping an amazingly spectacular lightning storm blew in from nowhere. We all took cover under the only protection available... a building made completely of metal with no sides while lightning was literally striking all around us! The planes were all covered up, but I was sure one of those bolts was going to strike that structure and fry us all! Through the whole thing, Chris was cracking jokes and cool as a cucumber. It's hard for me to believe that he isn't out there somewhere right now doing another show. We will all miss the energy Chris brought to the RC world, and his passing makes me appreciate the moments we all have right now. Life is fatal, live hard.
Jim T. Graham

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Posted by Jim T. Graham | Jan 21, 2009 @ 04:51 PM | 28,192 Views
Before you buy any plane, if you have a chance, inspect it. You don't want any surprises when you get home. I look for good straight lines, clean seams... and as this video shows much, much, much, much more...

Billy Hell Sail Plane Test (1 min 42 sec) (1 min 42 sec)
Thanks to the guys at Nitro Planes for being good sports!