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    Contributed by: Ken Isaac | Published: October 2012 | Views: 27537 | email icon Email this Article | PDFpdf icon
    Warbirds Over Tulsa 2012, RCU Event Coverage

    Event Coverage by Ken Isaac (RCKen)

     

     
    The organizers for Warbirds Over Tulsa have invited me to cover their event for the last few years, but conficts on my schedule have always prevented me from attending their event until this year. With nothing to conflict I looked forward to being able to cover the event this year, and since the event is practically in my back yard it was pretty much a no-brainer to head up to Tulsa for the event. This year Warbirds Over Tulsa was held on September 7-9  in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The event is put on by the Tulsa Glue Dobbers RC Club, a club that has been in existence for many years now. The field is on the eastern side of the city of Tulsa and has the feel of a field that is located in a rural area, however it is a short drive from the heart of Tulsa and it's suburb of Broken Arrow, Ok. Located on City property the Glue Dobbers have constructed a very nice field that makes for a great place to fly. The runway is paved asphalt and measures 500' x 50' and includes a paved startup area as well well covered pit area. The entire flying is was well maintained and easy to tell that the club puts a lot of work into maintaining their flying area, which is usually a good sign of a very good club that works well together.

    The number pilots attending this year's event was down a little bit from previous years, but this can be attributed to conflicting events being scheduled for the same weekend as well as a weather forecast that was predicting bad thunderstorms for the weekend. However, the lower number of pilots did not mean that the quality of flying was any lower, on hand at the event was a large variety of warplanes which put on a great show for the 3 days of the event. The weather was very nice for the event with highs in the 90's and no rain during the event. The predicted bad thunderstorms did roll through the area, but it held off until the flying had wrapped up for Friday and raining a good portion of the evening that night. But by Saturday morning the skies were again clear and ready for planes to take to the air. While the number of  pilots was lower than in previous years, that doesn't mean it wasn't a fun event. I had a fantastic time at the event and really enjoyed spending time with pilots and the club members working the event. The Glue Dobbers really know how to make you feel welcome and that goes a long way to make for a great event. I really enjoyed being here this year to cover the event.

    Ok, I will admit that I love Warbirds. So just about any "heavy metal" warplane is something that I like to watch fly! But there are always some warbirds that stand out more than others. That can be for a variety of reasons ranging from size to complexity of the model to rarity of the plane, and Warbirds Over Tulsa is not exception. There were several planes that really stood out at the event.

    • First of  these are Rod Johnsons JU-87 Stuka diver bomber. Rods plane was a very nice representation of this plane that terrorized the allies during World War Two. Rod had equipped his plane with dive bomb sirens from IC4 products that represent what the real plane sounded like on a dive bomb run. Rod has well over 250 flights on this plane and it's easy to tell that he if very comfortable on sticks when flying this plane.
    • Next up is Tom Solinski's World War One German Eindeker. This plane is build from a Balsa USA 90 size Eindecker kit. The plane is powered with a .90 size 4-stroke engine and just flat out looks good in the air. Tom flies the plane smoothly and does a really good job making this plane look good in the air.
    • Noah Butler build a TBF Avenger done up in British markings. The plane is built from plans from Charlie Kellogg and working bomb bay doors. The plane is powered by a Moki 150 radial engine and sounds just so sweet in the air. Nothing sounds like a Moki, that's for sure!
    • And last but definitely not least is Jim Ellis' PT-19 built from a Balsa USA kit. Jim picked up the kit recently and spent a lot of time over the last few months getting ready for it to fly. While he has very little time on the plane so far, you couldn't' tell from watching him fly it. He did a great job on the sticks and make this plane look really good in the air. Jim also had a Moki radial on the plane and it sounds just as good as it looks!
    While these planes are some of the nicest planes at the event, that doesn't mean that everything else wasn't nice. Everything at the event from the largest scale hand built planes down to the small "foamy" warbirds looked good in the air. And it was easy to tell that the pilots flying them had a great time as well. When the pilots are enjoying themselves it makes for a great event as their fun shows up in the way they fly. I had such a great time at this event and it will definitely be on my calendar for next year as a "must attend" event. And who knows, I might just have to toss a couple of my warbirds in truck and fly at the event as well!
    I hope that you enjoy RCU's coverage of Warbirds Over Tulsa 2012.


    Candy drop for kids attending the event.
    Full Scale PT-19 Fly-Over.

    The best part of an event like this is of course the flying, and nothing captures that best than video. I've put together this collection of videos to hopefully give you a good taste of the flavor of Warbirds Over Tulsa. The planes that were on hand for this event were true fantastic models, and the pilots at the event really did a great job in flying at the event. I hope you enjoy these videos from Warbirds Over Tulsa 2012.
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    Ok, let's admit it. We come to a Warbird event to watch warbirds fly. That's just plain and simple. And Warbirds Over Tulsa had a huge variety of Warbirds to show us throughout the 3 days of the event. Everything from small spotter planes like the L-4, to trainers like the PT-17 Stearman,  all the way up to the huge heavy metal fighters like the P-47 Thunderbolt an and the P-51 Mustang. And don't forget about the early age of warbird aviation with planes like the Eindeker and the Waco YMF as well. There was no lack of variety in the birds that were here at the event flying this weekend. We are pleased to be able to bring you some snapshots of the planes at the event this year. We hope you enjoy the Planes of Warbirds Over Tulsa 2012.

     

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    Or course everybody comes to an event to watch the planes flying. But the planes in the are are just a small part of what makes a warbird event so much fun to attend. There is so much activity that goes on behind the flight lines that makes people enjoy an event like this. There is always a flurry of activity in the pits as pilots ready their airplanes to fly, as well as repairing any damage that may occur during the event. The spectators are another crucial part of an event and they are what will make an event a success. Any good event like Warbirds Over Tulsa will have a good viewing area setup for the spectators and will ensure that they keep the crowds entertained throughout the event. At this year's event that wasn't a problem as there were planes in the air constantly throughout the 3 days of the event. The folks in the stand were definitely treated to a great show as they watched warbirds from all eras take to the skies over the event. Please enjoy some of the sights of Warbirds Over Tulsa 2012.
     

    Of course everybody comes to an event like this to watch the planes, that's what it's all about after all. But we feel that equally important are the people behind those planes. These are the guys that are out their flying their planes, the workers putting on the event, the people spotting for the pilots that keep everything safe in the air, and even the guys in the pits that help keep the planes in the air. Watching these people out there during the event is almost as fun as watching the planes flying overhead. The people are the heart and soul of an event like this and we like to bring them to you here.
     


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    Nobody likes to admit that it happens to them, but let's face it that it does happen to all of us at one time or another. Those little moments where everything doesn't go just right. Parts fall off of planes while flying, landing gear don't come down, controls quit working, the plane noses over while landing, and landing gear folds up while taxing, and the ultimate bad thing to happen is a crash. These "Oops Moments" do happen to everybody and even though most people won't admit the truth of the matter is that we all like to see them when they do happen. There is an old saying that I've heard for a long time that goes, "I don't want to see you crash, but if you are going to crash I definitely want to see it!" While it's not a nice thing to think about, it does happen and we all want to watch it when it does.

    Now with all that in mind, Warbirds Over Tulsa was extremely lucky this year in that there were no major crashes of planes at the event. While there weren't any major crashes, there were plenty of mishaps at the event and I was able to capture a lot of them with my cameras. We're not trying to embarrass anybody here by putting their picture up in our article, but rather we're just trying to show that everybody is human and that we all make mistakes. So with that being said, I hope everybody enjoys the "Oops Moments" from Warbirds Over Tulsa 2012.

     

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    Comments on RCU Review: Tulsa Glue Dobbers RC Club Warbirds over Tulsa 2012

    Posted by: butlern on 10/24/2012
    Thanks to all the hard-working Tulsa Glue Dobbers members for putting on a great event! Excellent job all around. And thanks to RCKen for the superb event coverage. Even though I could only attend for one day, I had a great time and I look forward to Warbirds Over Tulsa 2013. Noah- Oklahoma City
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