The Abilene RC Society put on a great IMAC event last weekend. The field was nestled in a public park with water surrounding the runway. The manicured grounds and available electricity made the visit very pleasant. The host club had several members that came out to help. Lawrence Harville, District VIII President, came out and talked to the pilots about the Trust Test and the club incentive. Amanda Darling, District VIII AVP was there competing in the Basic class. I look forward to attending Abilene next year for the IMAC Regionals pending date of November 2022.
2021 is gearing up to be a full calendar of events throughout our region. I hope to travel more this year and attend more events. Please send me your flyer so I can get it on our district website. Closer to home Pampa is looking at having a Swap Meet March 6th, IMAC in May and a Fun Fly in July. ARKS is having a Fun Fly May 22-23 and a Warbird/Classics Day September 18-19.
1st Annual Bill Thomas Memorial IMAC Challenge
This past weekend I had the privilege to fly at Copan, Ok at the first Annual Bill Thomas Memorial IMAC. Bill Thomas started flying in the early 50’s and was very big in Pattern in the 80’s. He was successful in winning NATS in 67’through the early 80’s. When listening to several of his RC family and club members Top Pattern Flyer, tinker, serious and disciplined man are just a few words used to describe the driver of the Bartlesville Falcons Model Club. Bill designed the perfection, a three channel pattern plane that is hanging in the AMA Museum in Muncie, IL. Stepping out on the grass runway seeing the hard work that went into this contest I could only imagine Bill looking down with a big smile. The contest brought 20 pilots from all seven states in the South Central Region: Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi! This will be one to place in your calendars for next year, the hot meals were exceptional with plenty of camaraderie to go around.
Sorry for the late post… Technical issues!! A wrong turn in the middle of the Oklahoma Panhandle brought some history to the Guymon Fun Fly in September. A cold front and high winds on Sunday did not keep 12 pilots from showing up ready to tear up the skies at Guymon Flying Tigers RC Club. There was a wide variety of planes and a really neat jet. The club had several awesome raffles such as P-51, Super Tiger and a Chipmunk.Lunch was an out of this world hamburger, french fries and homemade cobbler.
The maintenance crew for the Commemorative Airforce’s B-17G,“Texas Raiders” that is stationed out of Conroe Texas. Took a wrong turn and made a memorable visit to Lear Field.One of the guys, Paul Bienvenu, The Woodlands TX, saw the P-51 that was one of our three Fun Fly pilots’ drawings, fell in love with it, and registered.Sunday came with good news that Paul had won the P-51.The P-51 will escort the Texas Raiders B-17G from here to El Reno Ok via being in the tail section of the B-17G.