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2006 is Kirk's fifth season flying R/C combat. This year he will be competing in Open B, 2610 ("scale"), SSC and a few rounds of a provisional scale class
known as 2548.
For B class, Kirk flies the "Mongoose" which he and Kelly designed. For SSC, he flies his own design
called a Rapier with a .15 Magnum engine. More information about the Rapier can be found at the MidAtlanticCombat site.
In 2610 scale, Kirk is flying his own design of a Blackburn Firebrand.
This contest had B and SSC at the local field. Kirk flew well
and finished first in both events. Luckily the weather held, with only a minor spritz of rain during the afternoon. Kelly
took second place in both classes. Michael flew combat for the first time, trying out SSC.
This was a two day event in West Palm Beach, at a field in a park that was
created on top of a closed landfill. It was Kirk's first contest of the year, since an earlier local event was cancelled due to rain. After
shaking off some rust early on, Kirk flew well and finished first in B and in scale. Both days had variable cloud cover, and on Sunday, there
was some kind of small brown lizard running through our shade canopy and then hanging out on the safety fence in front of our tent.
This was a two day event outside of Detroit. Kirk competed in SSC, Open B and some of
Limited B before we had to get on the road home. It was unexpectedly cold and windy, and there weren't any pilots photos. Kirk finished 2nd in
Open B and 3rd in SSC.
This was a two day event north of Atlanta. Kirk had some so-so luck and flying and ended
up fourth in Open B. He flew much better the second day and finished first in SSC and 2610 Scale. This was a really fun contest, and features the
first photos from the new camera.
Two clubs in Ohio held a coordinated event, with SSC on Saturday at one
field and Open B on Sunday at the second field. Kirk placed second in SSC and third in Open B. We tried some different settings
with the camera in an attempt to fix some of the issues from the previous event. Unfortunately the new settings ended up being a
bad idea, resulting in many unusable photos. The SSC event was held at a field located on part of a Mennonite farm over the
soybean field. There wasn't a pilots photo at the B event.
Nats was a four day event with five different classes flown. Kirk's
father came out for much of the event. The weather was iffy early on, but visibility increased each day (as did the heat). Kirk
flew ok, but was a bit hot and cold. He finished 2nd in 2610 scale; 3rd in SSC, Open B and 2548 scale; 11th in Limited B -- partly
because of mid-airs taking out his best planes for that class. This was Kirk's first time flying his new Hurricane, built for 2548.
At the pizza party and ceremony, Kirk received awards for his placement in the 2005 NPS standings: 1st in Open B, 2nd in 2610,
and 3rd in SSC.
This was a one day event at Kirk's home field, with SSC and Open B flown. Kirk
flew well and took first in both classes. A photographer from the local weekly paper attended, although we don't know if any of
his photos will be published.
This was a two day event, with B and 2610 scale classes flown. Kirk flew
well and took first place in both. The space shuttle launched while we were at the contest, and we were able to see the orange ball
of flames from the rockets. Kirk took some damage in B, but his scale gear came through intact. There was a scale pilots photo, but
it was so humid out that the camera lens was fogged over and didn't get the shot.
This was a one day event with eight rounds of SSC. It
rained in the morning, stopped just long enough to fly, and then resumed raining during the clean-up. Kirk flew
well and placed first. Sam and his son Nick attended, and Nick flew his first combat contest. He did very well,
placing third. Chris ran out of planes early in the event, so he flew one of Kirk's back-ups for much of the contest.
The first Salisbury event was a one day event with six rounds of SSC. It was
extremely windy, which kept scores down and made flying more difficult. Kirk placed first, and only
damaged one airplane.
The second Salisbury event was a one day event with six rounds of SSC. The weather was
cool, but sunny and with a much lighter wind. Kirk placed first of seven pilots. His planes took some damage, including one that crashed into
the very wet drainage ditch (which runs through the over-fly area) after a mid-air.
More info after the next contest.