Kirk's 2002 R/C Season
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Kirk has gotten into R/C combat flying this year. For "Open B" combat, he started out with two Predators. They have about
a 48" wingspan and run on .25 size engines.
In July, Kirk added two Skull Bandits to his fleet of Open B airplanes. The red tail is using a .28 engine. The yellow tail has a .25 size and
Kirk finished building it at Nats (the white tag on the wing tip is the Nats safety inspection sticker). The Bandits have a longer wingspan of about 60" and a unique plastic fuselage. The grass
at the field is brown because of the drought this summer.
At Nats, Kirk bought two more Skull Bandits. In late August, all his A and B class airplanes were taken apart and rebuilt. Here are the
4 Bandits (purple wings) and 3 Battle Floyds (red wings), all ready for test flying prior to the next contest.
For "Open A" he started with one Battle Floyd, which uses a .15 engine. It has about a 46" wingspan.
He has since built two more Battle Floyds with modified fuselages. The above two
photos shows his first, stock-built Floyd.
Here are some pictures of the Free State Aeromodelers field and of Kirk with some of his airplanes.
On 10/26/02 Kirk competed in Open A and Open B hosted by the Hanover RC Club
in Studley, a bit north of Richmond, VA. Although the morning started out chilly and damp with too much fog to fly, it dried out nicely and the day
ended sunny and warm. Kirk got off to a good start, but a few mishaps happened along the way. He ended the day with first place in A and fourth in
B. He won an airplane kit for a Spitfire.
Photo 1 is Kirk's A class Battle Floyd coming in for a landing at the end of the first round. The round was ended early because Kirk's
airplane was the only one left flying. Photo 2 is the rest of the A class pilots from the first round going out into the bean field to
retrieve their planes.
Photo 3 is Kirk (on the right) flying in A class while his judge watches. Kirk's plane is the red one on the right with lots of streamer.
Photo 4 is a B class furball. Kirk's Skull Bandit is the right-most airplane.
Photo 5 is Chris (on the left) and Kirk going out to search for their A class planes after they had a mid-air collison.
Photo 6 shows Kirk preparing his back-up Floyd for the next round. If you look carefully on the field to Kirk's right,
you'll see a bit of red sticking up out of the beans. That is Kirk's plane from the mid-air, marking the area of the crash.
He didn't find the engine during the initial search. Fortunately, the engine was recovered at the end of the day.
Photo 7 shows Kirk's Bandit (on the right) fleeing the scene of the accident. He had a mid-air with Jack's airplane. Kirk's plane survived
just fine. Jack wasn't so lucky. From the left, there is a third pilot's airplane, then the bent and broken fuselage of Jack's plane (the
tail is the wide section towards the top and right), then Jack's wing, then floating streamer, then Kirk's plane. Photo 8 is Kirk and Jack
with Jack's fuselage.
Sudley Shootout II - Manassas, VA
Banshee Reeks II
Sudley Shootout I - Manassas, VA
NVRC held an Open B contest on 7/20/02. Kirk's day was mixed. He was plagued with mid-airs and
equipment troubles the entire day. It was a cloudy, hazy day, making for a gray sky. Some of the other pilots generously helped Kirk get his plane repaired and fly-able for the last round of
the day. That last round was a good one though -- it was Kirk's first 400+ point round. That round helped push up his scores for the day into first place,
for his first ever first place finish. Melissa judged for the first time, helping out for three rounds.
Kirk attended his first Nats in Muncie, IN this year. Ten rounds each of Scale and Open B combat were held July 12-14, 2002. He
finished 12th out of 41 pilots in Open B. This was his first competition flying his new Skull Bandits. He made it through nine rounds with the first Bandit, making relatively minor repairs to
it as needed after some of the rounds. For the tenth round, he flew the back-up Bandit, which he finished building while at Nats.
Banshee Reeks I
Kirk competed at the Battle of Banshee Reeks in Loudon County, VA on 6/15/02. It
wasn't his best day, although he enjoyed flying as always. His Battle Floyd ("A class") was in 3 mid-airs in 6 rounds of
combat. Fortunately, he was able to get it flying again after the first two collisions. The third time was in the final round of
combat, so the plane stayed grounded. It now needs a fair bit of work to get it back into shape.
Kirk competed at the Northeast Nationals on 6/8/02 in Salem, CT. He came in 3rd in "Open C"
class and won a trophy. There was also a scale combat contest, but Kirk doesn't have a scale combat plane yet (maybe next season). To fly in "Open C" Kirk
just put a bigger engine on his red Predator.
Frenzy at Free State I
Kirk's first combat contest was Frenzy at Free State on 5/19/02. One
of the goals is to cut someone else's streamer off while preventing others from cutting yours. The last three photos are all from
the same round. A round lasts about five minutes.