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.
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
Deputy Darren Goforth.
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!
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!
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
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.
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?
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
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!
Scale Glider Towing
Fernandez and his mates offered an impressive show with their
6-meter SZD-59 scale glider and Pilatus Porter tow plane.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.