This morning I was reading MSNBC.COM and there is an article about a Would-be model plane bomber who admited to a plan to attack Pentagon, Capitol.
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There is a photo of the plane. It looks a like a BVM F-86 with drop tanks. So I go to the BVMJets.COM website and Bob Violett has a picture of the F-86 dropping its drop tanks as the head line for his website!
The photo was updated 7/19/12 by Scott Harris.
My opinion is that this is bad publicity for RC modeling. It is difficult enough to have an RC airfield without being associated with terrorists. We just lost our airfield in the San Francisco Bay Area after 35 years. We are under a TFR today secondary to President Obama's visit to the Bay Area. The news is filled with stories about the murders in Colorado at the the Batman Movie. What is the benefit to RC modeling of Bob Violet using the same plane to advertise his company as the terrorists?
So I called BVM Jets to warn them of the bad publicity. Bob Violet answered the phone. It was one of the most insulting phone calls of my life. He started out with ''What is your station in life that you think you can tell me what to do with my business?'' I gave my name and said I was an RC modeler who was warning him of really bad publicity for RC modeling. He replied that I was an idiot, who didn't know anything, and the FBI was taking care of everything.
Well, I am not an idiot. I am a person who is warning a very prominent RC aircraft business about the potential for really bad publicity and I was intentionally insulted by the owner. In a few minute conversation I have lost all respect for BVMJEts, Bob Violet, and am stunned that someone could be so insulting to someone who was calling to warn a business of impending disaster for his business and our hobby
Art Wallace, M.D, Ph.D.