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With 27,000 acres of open and unhindered space, a scene such as this (above left) truly is a field of dreams to the FAC modeler. Mike Midkiff


well as looks. Jimmie Allen, always a highly contested duration event, was won by Robert Hodes from the infamous Vulture Squadron in Las Vegas with three flights and two max- es with his Skokie. Bob also contributed all the photographs for this article. Then came WW II Combat. This event


drew eleven different WW II aircraft spread over many flyers. It was the largest Mass Launch in the contest. With the toughest management job, Randy Reynolds from the MMM Club, was Flight Leader. When the dust cleared, Chris Starleaf and his Bar- racuda won first place by only 10 seconds over the second place finisher. All of the Flying Aces scale events were


flown every day and the competition was fierce. There were moments of pure Flying Aces joy combined with heart break. Proba- bly the most special moment was when Chris Starleaf walked into the flying field


launches his B-25 rubber scale model into the deep blue skies of Colorado (above right). The model was impressive to say the least.


holding his four motored, rubber powered B- 24. As everyone watched, he launched it for the most beautiful 58-second flight we have ever witnessed. That giant scale beauty rose gently into the blue sky of mile high Denver and began to cruise. People shouted, clapped and everything stopped as the entire event paused to look at this big bird in flight. In the Peanut and High Wing Peanut


scale events, Mike Isermann took both first places. His Boeing 306B won the new Walt Mooney WESTFAC Memorial Trophy which was especially constructed and transported to WESTFAC by Keith Sterner all the way from Pennsylvania. Not only did Keith make a significant contribution to WESTFAC, but he also came the longest distance and won two trophies for his flying too! Both the Jumbo/Giant Scale and the FAC


Rubber Scale were won by Chris Starleaf from Illinois. His B-24 won Jumbo Giant


Scale and his leopard spotted Italian fighter/ bomber, the Bretta 88, won FAC Rubber Scale. The WESTFAC Grand Champion compe-


tition ended with Don DeLoach becoming the new WESTFAC Grand Champion. Now, this intrepid group of builders and


flyers will move to the first WESTFAC venue—Perris, California—in 2013. We hope all of you who hold Rubber and Power Scale as your favorite part of this great hob- by, will join us in Perris at the SCAMPS Fly- ing Site for WESTFAC Mk-IV. Many Maxes to all of you till then.


WESTFAC III Officials


Contest Director: Chuck Etherington Contest Manager: Don DeLoach WESTFAC Chairman: Rober Willis


SCALE JUDGES


Randy Reynolds Marc Sisk Phil Thomas


Mike Isermann Rick Pangell


Jim Whelan Ed DeLoach Bob Hodes


Don DeLoach Darold Jones Bill Gieskieng


Darold Jones SCOREKEEPERS


Dave Wineland Rick Pangell Chris Starleaf Mark Covington Duane Hjerlied Marc Sisk


Ed DeLoach Don DeLoach Jeff Pakiz


WESTFAC III Grand Champion


Don DeLoach Herb Kothe


Those wonderful men with their flying machines take to the skies in the WWI Mass Launch. The rounds were intense, but Don DeLoach with his Martinsyde F.4 would be the victor in this event.


FLYING MODELS


Chris Starleaf Mike Isermann Robert Hodes


46 points 32 points 26 points 23 points 17 points


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