We’ll start with a correct identification of a biplane shown in last month’s newsletter. It looked a bit like a Hog Bipe, but I knew that the vertical tail wasn’t quite right. Steve Jones came to the rescue by telling us that it was a Sportster biplane, originally designed (hope I’ve got it right this time!) by Joe Bridi, a famous pattern flier of the 1970’s. Furthermore, Steve determined that it had originally been owned by John Nohrden. How did he know this? Because it was made in the 72 MHz days, when everyone had their own sub-frequency number, and John was in the habit of putting that number on his airplanes, in this case it was on the vertical fin, number 16.  So John must have passed it on to Bill Moore, and it now belongs to Jesse Gifford. And here it is again!

We had an interesting mid-air collision on the Sunday after the club meeting, where Chris Sanchez, in fine WW II fashion flew his P-47 into the tail of Hugh Calmers’ profile Yak 55. Despite the fact that the Yak lost a big chunk of tail, both aircraft, surprisingly, landed successfully on the runway. Those Russian aircraft always did have a great reputation for survival!

Your editor was asked by a Mountain View resident whether we could use a model airplane collection which had belomged to his uncle, so on Sunday, June 2nd we auctioned the collection off. As might have been anticipated a lot of stuff was unsaleable, or had to be given away, but we did make $120, 0f which 80% was sent to the donor, and 20% went to the RC Bees funds. So we did our good deed for the day to everyone’s satisfaction, I believe.