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Lady Alice Featured

smLadyAliceDr. Ken Wagner is a PVMAC Member, and an avid RC pilot and modeler, and has the unique distinction of being proud owner of Lady Alice, a real P-51 Mustang.   Dr. Wagner has been very generous to the PVMAC, often donating ride alongs for raffle or auction, which benefit our club tremendously.  And if you have ever been to any of our hanger dinners held during our events, you've probably had a chance to sit in the cockpit of this immaculate piece of history.  And seeing this museum piece up close, you can't help but feel your in the presence of a true thoroughbred, whose caretaker has treated her as such, with passion, love and devotion.   Every aspect of the plane is impeccable, and no details were spared.  It reminds me of a glossy concept show car on the podium at the L.A. auto show, except it flies, and Dr. Wagner is at the controls almost every weekend.

Scott Plummer of PlaneVideoArt Productions has produced and narrated a fantastic video featuring Dr. Wagner and his P-51, Lady Alice.  If your interested in the history of this P-51, or how Dr. Wagner came to be the proud owner, or what it's like to pilot this stallion, or what its like to ride along, I encourage you to watch this high quality documentary produced for Warbirds on the Net.  

2011 IMAC Event writeup on ModelAirplaneNews.com

2-in-the-air-300x220There is a nice write up of this years IMAC event that just passed on the Model Airplane News website.  The write up gives a complete list of all the classes and who the winners were. The article was written by West Coast Senior Editor John Reid and the great photos were provided by Sam wright and Phil Goodwine.  Check in out here!

 

 

 

Unfortunate Sad News....

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PVMAC member Allan Hess has informed me of some sad news this evening.  Allan Writes; "It was brought to my attention today that Jerry Boggs, longtime PVMAC & MARKS club member passed away June 11 of natural causes.  Jerry cut back his flying as of late, but used to be part of the Mon/Wed/Fri group at Norton.
We are told that Funeral is at Mt. View cemetery in San Bernardino, 10am, Tues June 21. " 

Here is the Obituarity printed in the San Bernardino Sun on June 19.

JERRY ALLEN BOGGS Age 72, a resident of San Bernardino for 37 years, passed away on June 11, 2011. He was born in San Bernardino. He was a Journeyman for 50 years with the Edison Company until 1994. He was active in the Pomona Valley R.C. Club and Marks R.C. Club. Also a member of the N.R.A. Jerry is survived by his mother, Barbara Myrle Boggs; sons, Jeff and David Boggs; Grandchildren, Stevi and Sam. Visitation: Tuesday, June 21, 2011, 9-10 A.M. with Funeral Service at 10:00 A.M. at Mt. View Mortuary.

Please visit: www.mtviewsanbernardino.com to offer condolences.

Scale Squadron Featured in Model Aviation Mag

MA_CoverYou'll definately want to pay particular attention to the June issue of Model Aviation Magazine, which should have already arrived in your mailbox, and is probably sitting there waiting to be read, as mine was.   To my surprise, this issue features  an article about the 2010 Scale Squadron Fly-in, which happens to be hosted by your PVMAC Club at Prado airfield.  Thanks to Randy Wilbur, event organizer and PVMAC Member for writing and submitting this timely article. It has some fantastic photos, and is a great write-up of the event. 

This article should give a huge boost to the 2011 event as this is incredible advertisement.  The 2011 event will be held on June 4-5, and promises to be bigger and better than last years.  Be Sure to check out the event page for more information on the 2011 event.

 

Kyle, Phil and Frank "Winning" at Top Gun 2011!!!

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Congratulations to Kyle and Phil Goodwine, and Frank Harris on taking 3rd in the difficult and new Unlimited class, as well as Best Four Stroke Engine Performance and finally runner up for Peoples Choice for Best Military at Top Gun 2011, with your amazing F4F-4 Wildcat. All the hard work, experience and perseverance has payed in spades.  Phil Goodwine said this about the Unlimited class competition, "The top 3 in this class were seperated by 2 points".

 

As you may already know, Top Gun is a contest put on by world renowned builder Frank Tiano and is designed to find the best RC Scale builder/flyer in the world. If you were at the March club meeting, you got a chance to see the prized airplane, and listen to hopefuls Frank, Phil, and Kyle talk about the daunting task they undertook, and see first hand the level of craftsmanship that is required in order to be competitive and win at Top Gun.    I'm sure there will be more details to come but for now enjoy these beautiful shots of the winning F4F-4 at Top Gun, courtesy of Ken Isaac of RCUniverse.com

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Virtual Prado Airpark for RealFlight 5.5

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The first 3D virtualization of the Prado Airpark for the RealFlight 5.5 is complete and ready for download.  Real Flight 5.5 is the latest installment from one of the premier RC Simulator providers and airplane kit distributors, Great Planes.  

The virtualization of Prado took some time to get the measurements down and capture the look, so that the feeling is just right. From the lowered fences, the beautiful Chino Hills and San Gabriel Mountains, to the busy pitts on the weekend, the entry ways, 2 wind socks, and Frequency board, its all there.  As with the real Prado Airpark, this simulation features features 5 pilot stations, and 4 entry/exit ways.   The runway is big, and the flying is un-obstructed. 

However, this is a 3D virtualization and not a Photo-realistic one. If your familiar with Real Flight, you know that Real Flight offers both Photo and 3D, and that 3D simulations require a beefier PC to run. So make sure your PC is up to snuff, or turn the detail levels down in order to get the frame rates high enough for smooth flying.

I've been testing it and flying it for a few weeks now, and I cant think of a better way to get some stick time in at the prado Airfield when the sun has gone down, or the weather (or wife) has made it impermissible.  Hope you all enjoy it.

Click Here to Download

New PVMAC History Page!

super-sabre-trainer-1We've just added the History of the PVMAC to the website.   This was written by board member Steve Parolla a few months back, and we're just getting around to posting it.  If you've ever wondered how it all began, this is the page you'll want to visit.  Its permanent home is under the "About PVMAC" menu item.  

By the way, the vintage photos of rc magazines and ads featured on the history page are courtesy of http://www.airplanesandrockets.com/,   who graciously allowed me to post a few on our history page.  They have a large collection of old rc magazines and vintage articles up there for you to peruse.  Enjoy.

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