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Old 01-10-2003, 02:18 AM
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I was just wondering if there are any actors, singers, pro atheletes involved in rc flying.
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Old 01-10-2003, 02:56 AM
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Catcher for Braves ..Lopez I forget his first name.. He had a big spread in RCM last year, I think.
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Old 01-10-2003, 03:25 AM
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There was also another player on the Braves that flys, can't remember his name.
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There is also a NHRA Top Fuel guy I saw in one of the Mags but I don't follow drag racing. Gray hair and a gray beard if that rings a bell.
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THAT WAS EDDIE HILL HIMSELF.........TOP FUEL CHAMP many times over
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Old 01-10-2003, 11:08 AM
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Mark webber the F1 driver flys
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Awesome Bill from Dawsonville (Bill Elliot) from Nascar Winston Cup is a big Model Aviation fan. I think he's into Heli's big time. I saw hime during a Nascar rain delay flying his JR heli.
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Ayrton Senna was a great modeler, and excelent RC pilot. I had the chance to talk with him in Spa Francorchamp (Belgium). We had a very relax conversation about planes, and he told me that doing aerobatic with rc birds, involved the same amount of concentration that driving a formula 1
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Gary Wright, the guy who sang "Dream Weaver" flys RC Gliders.
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Old 01-10-2003, 03:57 PM
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Paul Harvey, although probably not active anymore. He has more fun with his 6 LearJets.
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Old 01-10-2003, 04:36 PM
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If I recall correctly, the late Roy Orbison flew RC airplanes and also Tom Scholtz of the band "Boston".
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Yeah, when Paul Harvey was advertising Simple Green a few years back, he would always say that it took the gunk off from RC model airplanes good.
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Old 01-10-2003, 06:36 PM
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Don't forget """""ME"""".

(famous in my own mind)
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Originally posted by treetopflyer
If I recall correctly, the late Roy Orbison flew RC airplanes and also Tom Scholtz of the band "Boston".
Wasn't Roy blind? I could be wrong and I do admit that the man had talent.

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Eddie Hill was the Top Fuel driver for the Pennzoil dragster for many many years.

He is on RCU also..
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Buck Williams a now retired NBA player flys RC. When he was here in Portland, they did a news story on him and his planes.
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Yes, Roy Orbison was blind but sometimes people who are blind develop extraordinary abilities with their other senses. In Roy's case he was able to fly RC merely by the sound of the plane. Wanna buy some prime swampland? He wasn't blind but he did wear those big glasses, often sunglasses, so that's why some thought he was blind.
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i assumed he was blind...think i heard it somewhere i'm sure. tahnks for clearing that up. i really had no idea that so many people i admire are into this. Eddy Hill was my hero for a long time in the "Nuclear Banana".
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Old 01-10-2003, 08:32 PM
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Roy Orbison wasn't blind although he commented in an interview one time that a lot of people thought that since he wore the "trademark" sunglasses. He explained how the glasses came about but I don't remember the story.
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I think Elvis flew RC planes, but every time he got one in the air he had an uncontrollable urge to shoot it down.

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Old 01-10-2003, 09:26 PM
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Default Tom Scholtz

treetopflyer,
Do you have any info on Tom? (where he flies, what he's into) I love Boston, one of my Fav Bands. That is too cool that he is into the hobby.

Boston RULES.......
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Old 01-10-2003, 10:46 PM
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As said before, Eddie Hill. I live in SW Oklahoma and he lives in North Texas about 50 miles south of us. In fact, I bought an engine from him at the local swap meet at the end of last summer. Great guy!!!
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Dave Villwock, driver of the Miss Budweiser Unlimited Hydroplane flies and competes in Pattern
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I remember reading an article in Newsweek in probably about 1986 about Tom Scholtz of "Boston" and it reported that even though he is a very successful muscian and an engineer, he was very much into his RC plane. The article talked about how fast it would go--very fast. Reading about this is definitely one of the things that gave me the impetus to get into RC since I too am a fan of the "Boston" band and love airplanes. Does he still RC? Don't know. Also heard a rumor that Frank Borman, one of the top full scale pilots, also flew an RC plane, or at least he tried to. As the story goes, he very soon realized that his flying skills did not help him much in trying to fly an RC plane as he saw the plane go out of control after a very short time on the sticks--no surprise there. An RC pilot saved the plane so all ended well.
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Alain Prost (spelling?) Formula 1 race car driver. Flew pattern, but I think he was killed a few years ago.
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