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|Man on Man Contest Format by Dan Pruss|
|2005 Postal Fun Fly|
|Sagitta 900 Story - Ray's 1979 F3B Warm Up Contest|
|Ray's Great Lakes RC Soaring League|
|LOFT by Frank Wren and Ray Hayes|
|Soaring History by Chuck Anderson|
|My Favorite Model Builder Articles by Dave Thornburg|
|Krainock Does It Again by Ed Slobod. Jan 1975|
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|SOAR by Ray Hayes|
|Memorial's to Dan Pruss by Tom Kellevang and Ray Hayes|
|Whirlwinds by Ray Hayes|
|Dwight Holley ... F3B Worlds Champion 1981|
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Last year the AMA put out a call for "Historically Significant Models" for the National Model Aviation Museum. It seemed to me that they might be interested in my wife, Barbara Henon's win at the 1972 LSF Tournament. I don't know how many women won a RC Soaring contest but I think, very few. Then Amy Pool won an F3J Tour, and was within a few points of making the F3J National Team - good for her! We communicated with the AMA museum and they were enthusiastic so I cleaned up the Cumulus, the box it came in, Barbara's Kraft transmitter and the two trophies - First Overall and Duration and shipped them off. We were told they would be on exhibit in the museum and a couple of pictures can be found on the AMA website. One of the pictures was taken after I'd tidied up the Cumulus, and it's attached.
Barbara and I are retired, and doing very well. We live just North of Seattle and while Barbara has taken up watercolor she hasn't touched a stick in years. I fly a little and have a New Years' Resolution to fly more and participate in my club's - SRAC (Snohomish Radio Aero Club), activities.
Barbara Henon was a member of the WINGS club, "Women In National Glider Soaring" , a group of talented women RC pilots that competed in National Soaring events. The Sailplane is a Graupner Cumulus that was the first mass produced ARF. It featured a glass fuse and foam core flying surfaces covered with balsa wood. The Cumulus was very popular and had a swept wing.
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Skip Miller proved to be one of the best RC Sailplane pilots starting in the Seventies. Skip competed in World events and was an Airtonic's Team Pilot. He has ventured into supplying Drone surveillance electric Sailplanes to customers around the World. Hats off to Skip.
The first Sky Bench Kit, Lil'Bird, 1993. I designed the Lil Bird with a 54 inch wing span for slope soaring, the airfoil was close to RG 15, the wings were fully sheeted. I found a small slope site near my Michigan home and the Lil'Bird did well.
The word got out and I ended up hiring two people to produce Lil'Bird arf's and kits. But, the Lil'Bird was being used for hand launching by some customers and I knew it was not going to perform very well as a HL.
I redesigned it to the hand launch wing span, changed the name to Lil'Bird 2, changed the airfoil, root dimension, made other changes to reduce weight and make it stronger and this is how the Sky Bench kits got their start. Hand Launch competition was getting under way and the Lil'Bird 2 design proved to be a very good performer and very popular. The entire Bird Series evolved from the success of the Lil'Bird 2.
This is a construction article in the June 1972 issue of RC Modeler written by Rod and Mark Smith, designers of the Windfree, at the time the kit was being made available to the public. We owe RCM a great deal of thanks, they were the magazine that promoted RC Sailplanes and LSF in the early days and are highly responsible for the early growth of this great hobby.
Notice, this is the original construction article for a scratch built Windfree and will undoubtedly differ from the instructions now contained in the kit.
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