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Mar 22, 2011, 10:49 PM
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Welcome to my Blog.
I started flying RC gliders in 1981 when I was 13. My grandfather was an old WW11 Navy pilot and an aeronautical engineer. He used to take me to Bluff Park in the late 1970's to watch the guys flying their gliders back and forth along the bluff.
Bluff Park, October 21, 2012 (5 min 56 sec)

When I was old enough, we built a "Wanderer" together. After that, for a Christmas present, he gave me a Hobie Hawk. Wish I had that thing today!!
Got out of the hobby for a while and concentrated on baseball. Went off to college and threw out my arm. Decided then I would follow in my Grandfather's footsteps and go Navy Aviation. I didin't have my B.S. at the time, so the Navy wouldn't let me be a pilot, but I scored high enough to be a "Backseater." Like Goose in "Top Gun." After a year and a half of training, I got orders to Barbers Point Hawaii. The only problem was "Desert Shield" started. The next thing I knew I was 22 and flying missions over Baghdad. Thanks to the man upstairs we never got shot down.
Flew RC off and on between chasing women, surfing, golf, fishing, etc...
Got out of the Navy after 20 years and came back here to good old Long Beach, California to work for (of all places) Hobby People.
I found a Hobie Hawk(see pics below,) on EBay that needed a little TLC. Fixed her up and is flying great!
At time of this editing, I currently have 17 planes. A mix of everything from EDFs to Slope Gliders, and everything in between(even a few helis,)

Below is video my friend Bob Roach shot down at Bluff Park here in Long Beach. My Grandmother asked me to go through her storage unit(she's 97) and see if there was anything I could use. I found NIB a Hi-Tec 4ch radio and a ARF "Explorer 2M" that my Grandfather was going to give to me but never got a chance. He passed away when I was in Iraq in 1991. So I pulled it out of storage, put the TX and RX bats on the charger that it came with, and after 20 years, FULL CHARGE on both. Man they don't make em like they used to.
Explorer (6 min 10 sec)

Zephyr EDF glider. People don't know what to make of this thing.
Hobby King Zephyr V-70 Long Beach, Ca (2 min 17 sec)

Trying to spot land a 2M glider.
Scetchy.3gp (0 min 17 sec)
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