RCU Review: Warbirds Over Texas 2012


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    Contributed by: Ken Isaac | Published: July 2012 | Views: 26872 | email icon Email this Article | PDFpdf icon

    Event Coverage by Ken Isaac (RCKen)

     

      A couple of years ago I was at an event and having a conversation with Terry Farmer, owner of Wylie Warbirds, and he was telling me that there wasn't a warbird event "branded" for his home state of Texas. There are many warbird events all over the country such as Warbirds Over Delaware, Warbirds Over The Rockies, Warbirds Over The Midwest, and so on. But he wanted to have an event for his home state of Texas. Now knowing Terry as I do, and how he likes to do things, and how people from Texas are, and how they like to do things BIG, I had no doubt in my mind that his new event would one well worth attending. Terry wanted to have the event in the general Dallas/Fort Worth area so that it was easy to get to for as many people as possible. Terry settled on holding his event in Denton, Tx which is a suburb of Dallas and just do the north of the DFW metroplex. 2012 marks the second year for this event and it has indeed proven to be a "BIG" event already. Terry joined forces with the North Dallas R/C Club to help put on the event which is held at their field located to the east of Denton. The facilities for this club are first class and is highligted by a paved runway measuring 500'x50', with a grass runway located next to the paved runway. The club did an outstanding job getting this event put on as it was well organized and ran in a very professional manner.

      Warbirds Over Texas 2012 was held on June 15-17, 2012. Normally for a event in it's second year it wouldn't be expected to be a very big event, but Terry and his crew have done a great job in getting the word out about his event and had a very well attended event. They had over 50 registered pilots and at least 120 planes at the event. I've been to a lot of events while covering for RCU and I will say that WOTX 2012 really impressed me. The first day of the event had the organizers a little worried as thunderstorms were threatening as the day started. However, after dodging one small "thunder boomer" in the morning the weather settled down for the rest of the weekend. The remainder of Friday was cloudy and overcast, but was actually a good day for flying regardless. Saturday turned out to be a near perfect day with clear sunny skies and light wind, and the pilots really took advantage of this weather by keeping the skies filled with planes from the time the flight line opened until it closed at 5 pm that evening. While the event is held in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex area, the field is actually located in a rural area. In fact, the field is located directly next to a farmers field where they kept cattle and a few donkeys. As the weather heated up the cattle decided to "hang out" under the shade of the trees and watch the flying going on. And I swear the donkeys were actually laughing at some of the less than perfect landing that took place! But things like this are just another reason why this is turning out to be a great event for warbird lovers.

      Many of the planes on display at Warbirds Over Texas are true works of art that could easily be in museums because of the scale details, but all of the planes were flying models that looked as good in the air as they do on the ground. WOTX attracts some of the best modelers in the country like Top Gun Winner Dino DiGorgio, the owner of  Meister Scale Planes, and Top Gun competitors Gary Mills and Brett Bowling. But don't let that fool you to think that only "the best" modelers fly at this event. Warbirds Over Texas is an event that is attended by "everybody" in the hobby ranging from those that compete in Top Gun to your "Average Joe Modeler" that likes to fly warbirds to parents and their kids coming out have fun in this hobby. One of the more impressive flights at this event was the "Moki Gaggle Flight". This flight featured 3 giant warbirds with Moki radial engines in them. For those that have never heard one of these engines in flight I must say that you have truly missed out. These engines have just such as sweet sound when they are running and are a joy to watch. Check out the video below of this flight and listen for yourself. 

      I must admit that Terry did indeed live up to what he told me when he said he was going to start an event. One of his goals was to make it an event that was "must attend" for all those that fly warbirds, and he has indeed done that. Warbirds Over Texas is quickly turning into one of the premier warbird events in the US. I highly recommend that you put this event on your calendar for next year as it's going to be one that you're going to want to attend. Visit the event's website at www.warbirdsovertexas.com to find out the dates for next year's event. You won't be sorry as this event is only going to get bigger and better.

    We invite you to take some time and enjoy our coverage below of this event. We feature over 50 videos and more than 400 pictures to help bring this event for you to enjoy. We have tried to capture as much of the event as we could so that even though you couldn't be there this year, you can still enjoy this event.

    Of course the most important part of Warbirds Over Texas is the flying. It's what makes WOTX such a great event, and it's what everybody wants to see. So, for those unable to attend the event this year, here is the flying action straight from field at WOTX 2012. We hope you enjoy the videos of the flying action.

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    Ok, let's face it. This is the reason anybody comes to an event like this. And that's the planes. They are what makes events like Warbirds Over Texas such a great event. The planes that are at this event cover the planes that have been used to fight our wars for the last century, and more. The scale representations here give people a chance to see warbirds in flight that they might not get to see any other way. Warbirds Over Texas attracted a huge collection of planes spanning from World War I all the way to plane currently in use by Armed Forces around the world. 

    We've put our cameras to work and have tried to capture as much as we can of the planes in the at this event. We hope you enjoy the collection of photographs below from Warbirds Over Texas 2012.

     

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    Of course an event like Warbirds Over Texas is about the Warbirds in the air over the field. But the planes in the air are just one part of what makes an event like this so great for those that attend. The activities that go on behind the flightline make these so much fun to attend. Some of the things that go one at events like this are pits area where pilots work on their plane, kids with their family, people and their pets, media covering the event, the staff putting on the event, the food, the fun, people looking for lost parts, people having fun and making silly faces, and so much more. We like to use our camera lenses to help give you a feel for what's going on that makes this event one that you should put on your "I've got to go there next year!"  Seeing what's going on at the event is just part of the fun of attending the event. Here are some of the sights of Warbirds Over Texas 2012

     

         

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    When you attend an event such as Warbirds Over Texas it's more than just the planes that are in the air that make up the event. The people behind those planes are also a huge part of any event. Whether it's a pilot, a spotter, a crew member, media covering the event, flight line staff, or the organizer of the event itself there is no way that this event would be the huge success it is without them. They are indeed the people that make Warbirds Over Texas so great. Here are some of the Faces of WOTX 2012.

       

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    Anybody that flies RC planes knows about them, and nobody wants them to happen, but they do, and they are those "oops moments". They happen, it's a fact of the hobby. Whether it's a bounced landing, stuck landing gear, deadstick landing, wind getting up under a wing on a landing, equipment failure leading to a crash, a tip over, or even a "dumb thumb" that leads to a crash it happens at events. We aren't trying to embarrass anybody by posting these moments here from the event. We post them because they are a fact of the hobby, they happen, and let's face it we all really do want to see them. There is a saying that I hear a lot at events, "I don't want to see you crash, but if you are going to crash I want to see it!!" And it's true, we all do want to see those moments, no matter how much we may say we don't. Here are some of the "oops moments" from Warbirds Over The Texas 2012.

     

     

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    First and foremost Warbirds Over Texas is an event where warbird lovers come together to fly and enjoy the friendship of other modelers who love warbirds, but that doesn't mean that they don't want to be able to do a little bit of bragging afterwards either. The organizers of Warbirds Over Texas have setup 11 awards in order to highlight the best planes at the event. This year Terry Farmer really had his work cut out for him as there were just so many great looking planes to judge. The quality of some of the planes on display was close to what you might see in a museum, but every award winner also had to get some airtime as well!

    The categories for this event are; 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in World War I airplanes. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in World Ward II airplanes. Best Jet airplane. Best multi-engine airplanes. Best bomber. Best post-WWII airplane. And finally the overall winner in Best in Show. Listed below are the winners for each event!

     

    Warbirds Over Texas 2012 Awards

    Best In Show Evan Quiros - FW-190 D-13
    1st Place WWI Jack Hayes - Spad VII
    2nd Place WWI Bill Holland - Nieuport 17
    3rd Place WWI Mark Kramer Fokker D-VII
    1st Place WWII Jeff Naul - P-47 Thunderbolt
    2nd Place WWII Finnis Hobson - F4U Corsair
    3rd Place WWII Wayne Moore - Stearman
    Best Jet David Schaefer - F-14 Tomcat
    Best Multi-Engine Bob Hubbard - de Havilland Twin Otter
    Best Bomber Bret Bowling/Dan Giveny - B-17G
    Best Post WWII Gary Mills - AU-1 Corsair

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    An event like Warbirds Over Texas is a huge event and simply can't be put on by just a few people. An event like this needs the help of many people and companies that contribute time, products, and money to help make this event happen. The staff of Warbirds Over Texas want to thank all the companies that helped sponsor Warbirds Over Texas 2012 and would like to ask that you take some time and visit those sponsor's websites.

     

     

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    Comments on RCU Review: Warbirds Over Texas 2012

    Posted by: flytlidy on 08/04/2012
    Looks like a "must attend event"! Gotta ma ke this one a must next year! Thanks for the coverage RCU. FLYTLIDY
    Posted by: Thomas B on 08/22/2012
    sorry...double post.....
    Posted by: Thomas B on 08/22/2012
    What a great job on this in depth report of WOT 2012. This event is now on my must not miss list!
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