Twentythree pilots signed in for the event. We had to cancel our
27th attempt last year,but
finally got it in.
Weather could only be described as
perfect,although a bit warm. Lift was present. Wind changes of
180 were confusing in early afternoon after being steady at
3-7mph in the morning.
Ohlsson Sideport attracted only three fliers. Steve Boucher won
that one. Warren Avis and Dan Schneider followed.
Jr: Ray Forceno was first with 3) maxes and he took home the
“Miss Delaware” built by Charles Thuet who was at the
presentation. Charlie was a good friend of Steve Kowalik. Steve
designed the aircraft in 1936 and won the Junior Motors Trophy
with it in a meet at Hadley Field,NJ. The original Brown Jr.
from his plane was also presented to Ray Forceno. The trophy was
dedicated again in 1992 as the “Steve Kowalik Memorial Trophy”.
It was decided by flyers at our meet that it will be used to
identify the First Place winner in subsequent SAM12 Annual Meets
In the Brown Jr.LER event. Ray also received a copy of Kowalik’s
original plan,a custom prop, an envelope with some memories of
Steve and a transmitter,etc.to fly the “Miss Delaware”. Mike
Salvadore and Ed Milewski took second and third.
½ A Texaco and Scale boasted seven
flyers,great weather for it. Ray Forceno also won this one with
a“hybrid”,Cox and electric pods. Georgeous! Salvador “Jr” got
second,Ed Milewski was 3rd.
was first in the LER Ignition event with his Diesel A ship.
Warren Avis was 2nd,Boucher was
Eleven contestants flew in our LER Electric
event with 6 making the flyoff. 3 landed off field. Dick
Bartkowski won it. Joe Pro and Ray Forceno ( him again ) rounded
Salvador won LER glow with only 2 maxes. John Saunders and Ken
Bagdon followed up. Hugo Mercoli posted only one max,but we were
happy to see him back!
Special prizes awarded were donated Ohlsson 23’s from Howard
Bueschel’s collection. Very much appreciated by winners who
promised to build for the Sideport event.
Most flights scored- Mike Salvador.
Ohlsson Sideport total of flights 1&2, Steve Boucher.
Second place LER ignition, Warren Avis.
Many SAM dignitaries were on hand.
Skyblazers turned out to help where needed. Ed and I commend
Mike Schall for registration and scoring and we thank our wives
for prep of food and drink. Thank you Skyblazers for use of