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Posted by Darryl Miller | Sep 28, 2021 @ 06:51 PM | 21,415 Views
The Story behind my Waco Taperwing
Well, I have been not only a full scale pilot, but an RC pilot for a long time, and if there is anything I have learned about other aviation enthusiasts, is that we ALL have a favorite type of airplane! (or two, or three, etc, LOL) For some it is a war bird………others, jets, and still others love the aerobatic or antiques or classics…….well, you get the picture. Me? Well, the P-51 has always topped the list. I have had 4-5 models of the Mustang, some flew well……..others had a very short life. No matter what projects are in my head……a P-51 isn’t too far down the list.

However, My Dad and I also had a penitent for the classics. Stearman, Stinson, Howard, Navion, Cubs, Taylorcrafts, etc. We loved the older planes. Back in the 70’s and early 80’s my Dad and I would usually plan a yearly trip to Oshkosh, WI for the annual EAA convention and spend a day or two ogling the home builts, war birds, and of course, the classics. One of these classic bi planes was a certain Waco Taper wing flown by Bob Lyjack, “The Flying Professor”. He would perform every day in the air show and we would watch in awe as he gracefully wrestled that big, beautiful red and white Waco around the sky! One could not lose sight of this aircraft as the thick trail of smoke always lead to that big growl of its radial engine. Take all the other planes if you want……...Continue Reading
Posted by Darryl Miller | Apr 14, 2007 @ 09:33 PM | 8,807 Views
The Story of the DC-3

Well, this story actually begins years ago, long before I ever began to fly model airplanes.
My father, a bricklayer by trade, loved airplanes, and built them growing up, and as a young man, into adult hood.
He began with stick and tissue models, moved on to control line, some free flight, and was able to
participate with some of the very early radio controlled models. I can remember seeing him build
his models on our deep freeze as a very small boy.....the smell of dope and ambroid glue still as fresh
on my senses as those many years ago.
I started being "allowed" to go along with my Dad to the flying field when I was no longer in diapers!!! Seems
that while he didnt mind me along.........he certainly didnt want to deal with any messes other than the castor
oil on the planes!!
I spent my time at these flying sessions watching, listening, learning, and tossing my little stick and tissue planes
of my own. Many of the little .05, .10, and .25 cent gliders and rubber powered planes were my arsenal.....and I spen many
an hour playing with them growing up.
My Dad and I spent many days watching the full sized planes take off and land........any where we could. We attended Oshkosh
when it was a very small event, and were at the very first Stearman fly in in Galesburg, IL many years ago. We both had a passion for
aviation.......and R/C was our outlet.
Later in Jr. High, my Dad would then teach me how to build and fly my own...Continue Reading