rdstarwalt's blog View Details
Archive for August, 2015
Posted by rdstarwalt | Aug 28, 2015 @ 06:54 AM | 4,584 Views
...Jack Headley offered another free set of plans in the April 1968 issue of the Norair Modeller (cover spelling but 'Modeler' was on the title page). 'The Ono Bird' a rubber powered FF plane - plans specify that the wing and tail assemblies were from another model seen in the January 1968 newsletter. That plane was the 'Hurricane'. Unfortunately the NMAM in Muncie does not have this issue in their collection. If you know of any issues of the Norair Modeler (or Modeller), contact me or the NMAM. It would be great to complete the known list of the newsletters and to determine how long Jack Headley was the editor.

While at the NMAM this year, I delivered some materials, now legally transferred and accepted into their collection. One of the materials was an issue of the Norair Modeler they did not have. I found the April 1968 issue on eBay and knew that it was needed for the collection in Muncie. How did I know about the missing January 1968 issue? Jack himself put the clue in the plans of Ono Bird.

Another rubber powered model by Jack, that looks similar to Ono Bird, has no plans seen anywhere so far. The model is 'Ajax' and is seen on the cover of the April 1969 issue of Norair Modeler. Remember that Jack was the editor of the newsletter. The plane on the cover is identified on the table of content page . That issue has the Flying Sorcerer, feature in Blog #59.

Ono Bird has classic stick fuselage construction. We can only speculate about the Hurricane until the...Continue Reading
Posted by rdstarwalt | Aug 21, 2015 @ 08:52 AM | 4,791 Views
...it seems Jack Headley was able to enjoy a career, single focused, in aviation. One RC Groups member, David Terrell, discovered what I think (so far) is the oldest printed reference to J. W. Headley. The clip from the February 1951 issue of Flight magazine describes an award that the young apprentice received at a large meeting at Blackburn and General Aircraft.

One item in the clip that adds to the credibility that this is 'our Jack' is the mention of the town of Hull. In a previous post (Raven) we have Jack's sizing a model to be able to ride a 'Hull Corporation bus'. The occassion in the Flight article was the presentation of apprentice 'bonus awards' and our man Jack received the 'S.B.A.C. Certificate of Apprenticeship'. It is not clear from the rest of the article if this was his introduction to the program or another recognition. The room was quite full with over 180 apprentices plus the supervising engineers and those working at 'Hull Technical College' where night coursework would lead toward a Diploma Course in Aeronautics.

David Terrell found only one more 'Headley' reference in Flight. It is not clear if this person was a relative or not. It would take more information from the family or UK records and research to confirm this. Recall that General Aircraft was the builder of the Hamilcar, previously mentioned in a blog post. Clearly this apprenticeship set the course of Jack's work and hobby life. There are a few comments that provide some insight into...Continue Reading
Posted by rdstarwalt | Aug 14, 2015 @ 11:32 AM | 4,560 Views
The time for a break is over. There are a few more Jack Headley topics to discuss before I have to switch modes and simply wait for feedback from a family member.

Have you ever wondered what kind of impact you have with your blog posts here? The other day I did a quick accounting of 'Views' and put them in a spreadsheet. Here are the results.

The highest viewed post was about the Caproni Vizzola, 5789 views.

The second highest viewed post was about The Cook Flyer, 5560 views.

Why did the Caproni get so many views? Who can tell? There might have been something about the last known published picture of Lisa Headley that caused the spike. It was published posthumously (Jack passed, not Lisa) and the plans are still available.

One thing the attached chart does not figure in is the amount of time a post has been available. I like to chart activity for about 2 weeks. If I break 1500 views in less time than that, the topic must have been interested to someone.

Although I took a break from documenting Jack's work, I have been busy with models. Moving from being a pseudo historian back to a builder/flyer will be a good transition.