RCU Review: Bomberfield USA 2015 27th Annual B-17 Gathering

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    The Event

    Every year, the end of the summer brings the big birds back to Monaville, TX, for a festive fly-in weekend at the local RC site, Bomberfield. The theme is very open: any large plane is welcome to fly, as long as it is big, scale and radio-controlled.

    The kings of the show are the B-17s and other large-scale bombers, who are the guest of honor, which considering the name of the field, makes a lot of sense.

    The gathering organization was led by Barry Raborn and his crew, who invitated numerous very important guests both from the world of RC and full scale The event serves as a Fundraiser for Deputy Darren Goforth.

    Classic and Racers

    Many civilian planes of different eras of aviation were flying at Monaville. The large scale racers are always a nostalgic sight of a time where the highest performancer airplanes could still be designed and built by very driven and talented individuals. Much like our hobby today!

    WW1 Warbirds

    Several beautiful biplanes reproducing the lines of the aircrafts flown during World War I were present at Bomberfield. It is always a challenge to reproduce planes from the early days of aviation, as they didn't have all the yet-to-be-discovered refinements that would make the task of flying the plane easier on the pilot.This only makes the sight of those planes flying even more beautiful!

    WW2 Warbirds

    The World War II warbirds were by far the most flown airplanes at this event. A few are scratch-built pieces of art like this AT10 (center top), some built from kits, and the vast majority are highly customized ARF models.

    As usual, the P51s and the P47s were competing for the most popular warbirds. Some showed intricate details, as seen on this polished-aluminum finish on the P47 thunderbolt (top left)
    The weekend started with the usual and implicit "fast and low" rule, and all warbirds overzealously complied. Always faster, always lower, and upside-down for the bravest!

    Paul Bingham's Spitfire (shown on the right) can certainly attest to the braveness of his pilot - (more on this at the end of this article!)

    The very dynamic RCHS team treated us with massive formation flying, roaring over the runway with their warbirds.

    Gerardo Gutierrez (below) requested the runway as he was preparing for the third flight of his CARF models P47 Razorback, pulled by a sweet-sounding Moki 250. The plane roared through the sky, and we can only imagine how beautiful it would be to have several of those screaming over the runway. 2016, maybe?

    The Bombers

    The bomber planes had their own time slots, in which they would fly formation. These quadri-engines highly scale bombers made a great impression, both on the ground and in flight.
    The big birds were guided on the ground by a remote control Jeep which helped with taxiing the plane to their parking space.


    The organization had scheduled a time slot for a welcomed foamies combat madness. Probably 20 or 30 foamies of various sizes and shapes zoomed over the runway, attempting to avoid collision for some, and aggressively aiming at each other for the rest.

    A very fun event for the public who showed its appreciation with loud encouragements!

    Giant Scale Glider Towing

    Lorenzo Fernandez and his mates offered an impressive show with their 6-meter SZD-59 scale glider and Pilatus Porter tow plane.

    The public held its breath when the motor of the tow plane decided it had enough and stopped during the first ascent. The pilots quickly released the glider, and the Pilatus came in for a dead stick landing.

    With the release being at low altitude, the glider came in not long after above the runway, only to surprise everyone by extending his motor on an articulated pod hidden in the fuselage. The glider got some altitude back, and Lorenzo started a series of whistling and crowd-pleasing aerobatics.

    Aerobatic Craziness

    When Robert Bernal prepared his cub for the next 3D window, we knew something was up. The massive clip-wing Piper Cub had no problem torque rolling and hovering inches above the runway, showing at the same the master skills of his pilot.  The slow and gracefull motion of the Cub was in great contrast with the all out aerobatic maneuvers the talented Will Gohmert showed us. There is no limit to what he could get his plane to do. Even the law of physics do not seem to apply any more.


    The only helicopter was presented by Binson Cheng. His AH-1 Cobra was a very large-scale helicopter, nicely reproduced. The model was powered by a turbine. The wavy effect created by hot air from the exhaust added to the great scale effect of the machine.


    Binson Cheng flew what must be the fast scale jet of the event. The plane seems to be handful to fly, but when it goes, it goes! Burc had a lot of fun flying his composite ARF ultra Flash, flying always faster and lower. Taun Lam (below) brought his highly photogenic F15 to Bomberfield.

    Best Crash!

    Paul Bingham received well deserved "best crash" trophy for his fabulous attempt at rolling right-side-up after a very fast and low reverse pass. It is always recommended to be at least 1/2 a wingspan high when you perform a roll. At least that makes for beautiful series of pictures timely shot, thanks to Mark Conroy's acute eye!


    The 27th edition of the B-17 gathering and big birds fly-in was once again a huge success, bringing people from many states and countries together in a fun and friendly event. Bomberfield has the right facilities to host an event of that scale, making the atmosphere pleasing both for the pilots and the spectators.

    References and links

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    Pictures by:
    Mark Conroy
    Glenn Dickey
    Laurent Caekebeke

    Comments on RCU Review: Bomberfield USA 2015 27th Annual B-17 Gathering

    Posted by: teebox11 on 11/13/2015
    OH FOR PETE'S SAKE!! THE WORD IS "INVITED" NOT INVITATED!! "CONVERSE" NOT CONVERSATE, "ORIENT" NOT ORIENTATE, "COMMENTER" NOT COMMENTATER, AND SO ON. Don't know why people insist on using the Jessie Jackson version of the English language. Great pics!!!
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