ORIGINAL: Steve Westphal
In my late Father's collection I found a control line Athearn Convair ''Pogo'' C/L ''VTOL model still in the box. One wheel is missing and the prop(integral with a ring)has one of the three blades broken off. The box is in less than fair condition. Does anyone know anything about this aircraft? It has been flown a time or two evidently. I may offer it for sale,BUT, I would really like to try and fly it. Has anyone ever flown one of these?
Steve, it is not a control line model, it is flown on a 5'-6' line attached to a 18"-24" dowel.
To protect the innocent parties, I cannot reveal names or locations of a certain Pogo VTOL
flying incident: The owner of a hobby shop arrived in the late afternoon(from his day job),
to discover that his wife bought the Pogo from a sales rep. Yes, he was disappointed
and a bit upset. To make the best of the situation, he connected the line and dowel and
decided to try the darned thing out on the sidewalk in front of the shop. He filled the tank,
attached the battery leads and the engine started right up! He tested the throttle and signaled
his wife to release the model. It climbed vertically and he pulled the Pogo into level flight with the
control rod. As what happens to very nose heavy C/L Speed ships; the model started to occilate
by climbing and diving. This soon developed into steeper climbs and steeper dives. The model finally
flew straight overhead and dove behind his back and then climbed up, smacking him in the butt. The engine
stopped, the only damage was a broken prop and bruised ego. I'm glad he always had a great sense
of humor, because he soon broke into laughter to match the small crowd that gathered to watch and
were laughing their own butts off.