The 53rd Annual

Southwest Regionals Model Airplane Championships

    Eloy, Arizona      

18, 19, 20 JAN 03

updated: 13 FEB 03

During the warmest January on record, we had a fantastic turnout for the SW Regionals. With 3 separate contest and the MECA Collecto, there was a lot to see and do!

The emblem above was used on the awards and on the commemorative pins given to each contestant. The Ohlsson .23 picture was taken from an original ad in a late 30s Model Airplane News magazine.

Seventy six entrants at AMA/NFFA/SAM/FAC Free Flight were quite busy flying the largest slate of events we've ever offered. For 2003, we expanded SAM Old Time rubber from its one event last year to 4: Small and Large Fuselage plus Small and Large Stick. Dave Ramsey told me that change brought a total of ten modelers from SAM 1 in Colorado.

The big news is that Daryl Perkins filed for an AMA record in C Gas, Cat II, with a time of 3585 seconds - that's 19 three minute maxes plus! [click on the small pictures to see them full sized] .

[FF pics are by Elmer Nelson unless noted otherwise]

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Here are some more pics:

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Our favorite cottage industry supplier, Al Heinrich, with a Strato Streak, powered by one of Al's new Russian Elfins.

 

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Here's Bruce Augustus, editor of SAM Speaks, with a big Ram Rod for NOSGas.

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Here are Katy and John Patton at the right plus Annie Lidberg in the center helping a young girl with her Delta Dart.

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It's Frank Roberge with a Lucky Lindy [in the back, Ted Hidinger].

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Good to see Jay Jackson from Utah back at the SWR! 

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Jim O' Reilly flies P-30, in addition to FAI events: 

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Sid and John Hobbs showed up from California to fly P-30 in their first contest!

 

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Activity at the AMA 'officials' table: Greg Tutmark, from Seattle, came to work as the Asst. CD; Arch Harlan,  Mike Lidberg, Chris Lidberg and Annie Lidberg. 

 

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FF Gas is in good hands: Jeff Ellington and John Keller. Satellites still rule!.

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Jay Dickhous, from Tucson, with his SAM large rubber fuselage  model.

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FAI folks were busy, too - here's Willard Smitz of Arizona and his F1B.

Greg Tutmark, assistant CD for AMA free flight wrote:

SWR is more than models, flight times, records and just being there. Most of all, SWR is the people. I get to see the contest differently from the contestants; I don't fly, I get instead to talk to almost everyone who attends. All the people who make things happen, John and Katy Patton and a crowd of kids with delta darts. Steve Riley, 
Elmer Nelson, Randy Burrows, helping set things up and take them down afterward. My gracious hosts, Al Lidberg and his daughter, Annie: who feed, transport and house me while i'm in Arizona. It's Arch Harlan, telling stories of Dyna-jet free flight, it's Dick Strang, Jean Andrews, Bob Angus and all the people from Tucson i get to be with. Herb Kothe, Dave Ramsey, and Art Hillis from Colorado who make the trip to fly and swap stories. Larry Kruse and his party dodged blizzards on the trip from Oklahoma. Being able to meet the likes of Bob White, Randy Archer, Jim O'Reilly, Don Blackburn and find out that they are real people. Having Klarich Kits and Al Heinrich/Aerodyne 
think enough of SWR to be there to provide kits, engines, rubber and accessories for us to buy. Hanging out with Dan and Marion Keegan from Carson City and helping trim a Thermic 50. The two guys from Houston asking me about Super Tigre engines. The 'California Contingent' - Lynn Pulley and Daryl Perkins setting records. Frank Roberge quietly flying the wings off almost every class he enters. Seeing Frank and Lynda Pollard who come from the Olympic Peninsula in Washington. It is these and all the others who I didn't mention who make SWR the event that is. As Al Heinrich says, ''If you are not having fun, you're not doing it right.'' Well, we did it right - See you next year!

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It's Jean and Bob White, and Bob launching his F1B.

 

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Here are the Brocks.

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Martyn Cowley and his F1A.

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Guy Mennano is active in both FAI and AMA gas.

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Hermann Andresen, Marv Bashaw [I think], and Sal Fruciano relaxing.

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Alan Peterson, Herm Andresen, and Peter Brocks.

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Jim O'Reilly receiving an FAI award.

 

Elmer Nelson, president of the Phoenix Model Airplane Club, wrote:

The weather gods smiled upon Eloy for the 52nd running of the Southwest Regionals. 
While El Nino was pounding the eastern half of the country, we had some of the best contest weather we could have wished for. The turn out was the best in years. On the FAI side the turn out was moderately stronger. But, on the AMA/Nostalgia side our numbers were up strongly. 

Participation in F1G Coupe set a new record for the SWR. Twenty-three began the contest with nine making fly-offs. After the first round, eight remained. It was good to see Marv Bashaw hanging in there for the second fly-off round. Five made it to the third and final round. The air turned cold and the times were marginal. Arizona's own Alan Petersen endured to take first place. Ralph Cooney, Jim O'Reilly, Peter Brocks and Paul Crowley followed.

F1H was fun. Two of the top three were junior fliers and beat some real stalwarts.
Dallas Parker took first followed by Brian Van Nest and Ryan Archer. You guessed it, Ryan is Randy's young son and has been making some waves in this event. The genes have obviously been passed along!

 

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Mike Woodhouse and Rich Rohrke, who won F1B].

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Phoenix and Tucson MAC folks: Dick Wood, Dick Strang, and Peter Brocks.

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Randy Archer picks up the F1C perpetual cup - well, it is called the Randy Archer Invitational!

 

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Randy launching his F1C!

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Maybe he really can 'see' lift.

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Randy, Herm, and John Nystedt.

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Faust Parker - Houston, TX - Faust was our 'poster boy' for the SWR pins in 2002!

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Don't know just who this is, but he wasn't successful in launching his ROW gas model.

 

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John Nystedt and Mike McKeever, winner of F1A.

 

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Dallas Parker (CA), 1st place in F1H.

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Ryan Archer, 3rd place in F1H.

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John Pratt (CA) holding his Coupe.

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John Pratt launching.

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John Pratt with his F1B.

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David Oldfield and Mike Woodhouse came from England to fly with us!

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Al Heinrich and his Strato Streak. [SR]

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The Spirit of Free Flight at Eloy! 

That's the smiling Gene Smith retrieving a P-30.

[pic by Steve Riley]

 

The SW Regionals is the high point for me, every year! We put together a collection of events that we hope the flyers will like, and pretty often, they show up in big numbers to fly with us. The weather has been really good to us for a number of years - can it keep being good? We hope so - and hope that you all will keep flying with us. It's been 53 great years - join as as we add to that number!

Al Lidberg - AMA CD; Pres. SW Regionals Modelers Assoc - an organization with representatives from Phoenix MAC and SAM 31 of Tucson.

 

The following pics are from the RC Old Timers contest: [Pics are by Gerald Martin and Dave Harding.]

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Gerald Martin tries to explain to Frank Borman why his Alpha Corsair was easily the best model on the field. [GM]

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Key Crawford and Frank Borman listen in awe as Gerald describes one of his incredible flying feats, "There I was, hanging on my prop." [GM]

 

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Ken Kear with his very nice Stinson 1/2 A Texaco RC scale. [DH]

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Gerald made the Ohlsson fly-off, but due to a frequency conflict, he flew solo after the other 3. Here is his "Texan" cheering section.[DH]

The RC OT folks do manage to have a good time at Eloy!

 

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Gerald takes it away from Don Blackburn. [DH]

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Ed Hamler singing and playing the world famous song, "The Chilvarous Man Eating Shark", while Gerald tries to play along. [GM]

 

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The good times continue with the usual suspects serenading the Arizona moon.

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Gerald's Ohlsson take off - accompanied by the Texans!

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Gerald's touchdown. [DH]

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Planning the celebration: Gerald, Eut and Keith. [DH]

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George Tallent, the O&R guy, receives the SAM 'Hall of Fame' award from Fred Mulholland

The annual meeting of the Jetex/Rapier/RSI [Rocket Science Institute] took place at Eloy. To encourage flying these models, a special, no entry fee event was held, with special awards:

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Southwest Regionals AMA/FAC/NFFS/SAM Free Flight

18-19 JAN 2003 Eloy, Arizona

1/2 A Gas [10]

A Gas [9]

B Gas [6]

1st

Faust Parker - TX

900

1st

Gene Smith - OK

861

1st

Jeff Ellington - CA

974

2nd

Randy Burros - AZ

792

2nd

John Keller - CA

720

2nd

Gene Smith - OK

881

3rd

Jeff Ellington - CA

656

3rd

Jim Grove - CA

700

3rd

Tie: A.Harlan/J.Keller

720

C Gas [5]

D Gas [4]

1/2 A Nostalgia [7]

1st

Daryl Perkins - CA

3585

1st

Lynn Pulley - CA

1064

1st

Ron Wittman - CA

696

2nd

Guy Mennano - CA

2508

2nd

John Keller - CA

720

2nd

Frank Roberge - AZ

688

3rd

Lynn Pulley - CA

1008

3rd

Richard Nelson - AZ

471

3rd

Dave Ramsey - CO

495

A Nostalgia [ 14]

B Nostalgia [7]

C Nostalgia [7]

1st

Frank Roberge - AZ

1604

1st

Bruce Augustus - ID

1440

1st

Fred Emmert - CA

650

2nd

Jim Kutkuhn - AZ

1560

2nd

Frank Roberge - AZ

1260

2nd

Richard Nelson - AZ

625

3rd

Arch Harlan - AZ

1080

3rd

Terry Ellington - CA

1212

3rd

Dan Sobala - AZ

624

Old Time Gas Pylon [7]

Old Time Gas Fuselage [3]

P-30 [11]

1st

Bruce Augustus - ID

900

1st

Walt Conrad - NV

900

1st

Don Hockaday - TX

696

2nd

Al Lidberg - AZ

540

2nd

Bud Romak - CA

711

2nd

Don Bartick - CA

355

3rd

Dave Ramsey - CO

501

3rd

Jim Kutkuhn - AZ

295

3rd

Dennis Walters - AZ

347

Mulvihill [7]

Old Time Rubber Small Stick [7]

Old Time Rubber Large Stick [7]

1st

Carl Redlin - UT

1500

1st

Ed Smull - CO

540

1st

Dan Keegan - CA

1440

2nd

Bob White - CA

1332

2nd

Larry Kruse - OK

507

2nd

Bud Romak - CA

1374

3rd

Jean Andrews - AZ

1260

3rd

Ed Carsten - CO

497

3rd

Phil Klintworth - TN

540

Old Time Rubber Small Fuselage [8]

Old Time Rubber Large Fuselage [7]

Catapult Glider [10]

1st

Ed Carsten - CO

537

1st

Carl Redlin - UT

960

1st

Lee Hines - CA

423

2nd

Ken Kullman - CO

501

2nd

Ken Kullman - CO

753

2nd

Red Fox - TX

360

3rd

Larry Kruse - OK

471

3rd

Ed Carsten - CO

500

3rd

Frank Pollard - WA

341

Hand Launched Glider [6]

ROW Gas [1]

ROW Rubber [5]

1st

Lee Hines - CA

349

1st

Dick Nelson - AZ

111

1st

Jean Andrews - AZ

494

2nd

Jeff Ellington - CA

337

2nd

Herb Kothe - CO

344

3rd

Dave Rosenthal - AZ

328

3rd

Larry Kruse - OK

266

FAC Scale [1]

Jimmie Allen [4]

Jetex/Rapier [5]

1st

Jim Kutkuhn

1st

Herb Kothe - CO

436

1st

Jackie Sheffer - AR

291

2nd

Dave Ramsey - CO

310

2nd

Al Lidberg - AZ

134

3rd

Jim Kutkuhn - AZ

284

3rd

Ben Nead - AZ

118

.020 Replica [11]

1st Rich Ives [CA] 720
2nd Ron Wittman 648
3rd Red Fox 528

 

High Time Gas - Larry Fry Award

Daryl Perkins

Junior/Senior Sweepstakes

Deangelo Kusik

 

 

FAI Results

John Nysted CD, assisted by Hermann Andresen

F1A

   
 1

Mike Mc Keever

1882

 2

Jim Parker

1854

 3

Hector Diez

1817

F1B

   
 1

Rich Rohrke

1873

 2

Bill Booth

1860

 3

George Schroedter

1841

     

F1C

   
 1

Randy Archer

2404

 2

Don Chesson

2350

 3

Faust Parker

1978

     

F1G

   
 1

Alan Peterson

1237

 2

Ralph Cooney

1232

 3

Jim O'Reilly

1230

     

F1H

   
 1

Dallas Parker

1320

 2

Brian Van Nest

1278

 3

Ryan Archer

1163

     

F1J

   
 1

Faust Parker

840

 2

John Warren

824

 3

Jackie Sheffer

799

 

RC Old Timers

Bob Angus CD, assisted by Walter Angus

* = Flyoff Results

Flyer Area Model Engine Time
AB Glow
Bob Hawkins 823 Bomber Nelson .29 13:06*
Fred Mulholland 680 Bomber ST .29 10:42*
Al Taffs 657 Playboy ST .29 10:23*
Eut Tileston 675 Big Gull ST .29 8:25*
Don Bekins 430 Airborn ST .15 7:40*
Ed Hamler 490 Airborn K&B 3.5 0*
Dave Lewis Bomber K&B 4.9 1188
Bob King Foote Westerner Nelson .29 1065
David Warner 384 Foote Westerner Cox .15 767
Don Blackburn 460 Playboy K&B 4.9 742
Barbara Mulholland 680 Bomber K&B 4.9 689
Don Bishop 670 Playboy K&B 4.9 336
C Ign LER
Fred Mulholland 875 Bomber McCoy .60 14:38*
Bob Hawkins 1260 Bomber McCoy .60 13:28*
Don Bishop 1206 Bomber McCoy .60 12:08*
Bob Schleimer 1222 Bomber Edco 12:04*
Al Taffs 900 Bomber McCoy .60 8:21*
Gerald Martin 601 Alpha Corsair O&R .60 6:24*
John Edris 790 Bomber Anderson .60 1185
Don Bekins 1326 Airborn McCoy .60 670
Dave Lewis Kerswap Edco .64 559
Steve Roselle 672 Clipper Mk I O&R .60 375
Key Crawford Thermal Magnet O&R .60 638
A Ign LER
Ed Hamler 490 Airborn OT .19 1260
Fred Mulholland 406 Playboy Shilen .19 1250
George Tallent 635 Bomber Torp .19 1211
Barbara Mulholland 455 Bomber Shilen .19 996
Don Bekins 430 Airborn Shilen .19 992
Bob King Bomber Shilen .19 922
Dave Lewis Strato Streak Elfin 2.49 337
Keith Braun 360 So Long 244
C Glow
Bob Hawkins 823 Bomber Nelson .29 12:16*
Fred Mulholland 788 Bomber ST .35 11:56*
Don Bishop 900 Bomber K&B 6.5 11:46*
Ed Hamler 900 Bomber ST .40 11:03*
Bob King Westerner Nelson .40 10:11*
Al Tafts 900 Playboy Nelson .40 9:28*
Dave Lewis Bomber ST .60 1121
Ohlsson .23
Barbara Mulholland Playboy Jr. 816
Dave Warner 472 Brigadier 524
John Edris 358 Playboy 300
Bob King Westerner 287
B Ign LER
Don Bekins 430 Airborn Torp .29 11:15*
Don Bishop 582 Playboy McCoy .29 10:19*
Ed Hamler 490 Airborn Torp .29 1235
Barbara Mulholland 582 Playboy McCoy .29 799
Don Blackburn 600 Playboy Torp .29 729
Fred Mulholland 492 Bomber McCoy .29 420
Dick Griswold 490 Foo 2 U 2 ED .21 201
Electric Texaco
Hardy Benson 504 Bomber Speed 43:58
Ed Rutherford 630 Bomber Graupner 41:10
Steve Roselle 578 Playboy Cabin Speed 400 40:33
Dave Harding 340 Stardust Special Speed 280 39:21
Phil Pearce Bomber 36:43
Bob Schleimer 718 Bomber 05 28:33
Luther Peters Bomber Speed 400 28:09
George Clark 560 Bomber Speed 400 26:03
Robin Bithel 500 Bomber 22:02
Bo Buice 630 Foote Westerner Mega 13:07
Von Warner 582 Playboy Astro 05 8:01
Dave Warner 571 Playboy Astro 05 24:00
1/2A Texaco
Bob Hawkins Bomber 30:00
Eut Tileston 240 Sylph 27:04
Steve Roselle Kerswap 25:42
Fred Mulholland Bomber 25:16
Barbara Mulholland 315 Bomber 23:16
Al Taffs 325 Dallaire 22:53
Peder Samuelsen 383 Foote Westerner 19:01
Von Warner 314 Bomber 16:39
Art Hillis 288 Baby Playboy 14:15
Pure Antique
Fred Mullholland 1260 Bomber McCoy .60 19:13*
Don Bishop 1206 Bomber McCoy .60 18:23*
Bob Hawkins 1260 Bomber McCoy .60 17:45*
Dave Lewis Anderson Pylon McCoy .60 11:40*
John Edris 1260 Bomber McCoy .60 1650
Gerald Martin Alpha Corsair 1618
Ed Hamler 1206 Bomber McCoy .60 1200
Bob Schleimer 1222 Bomber Edco 1075
Don Bekins 1326 Airborn McCoy .60 728
Spirit of SAM
Eut Tileston 160 Black Bullet 15:36
Phil Parce Gollywock 10:59
Dave Harding 200 Jack North Wake. 9:50
Luther Peters Pacific Ace 8:56
Electric LMR
Phil Pearce Bomber
Dave Harding 340 Stardust Special
Dave Warner 581 Playboy
Old Time Glider
Lewie Kear 578
Gerald Martin 433
Kenny Kear 256
Brown Jr LER
Barbara Mulholland 648 Folly 1240
Bob Hawkins 1010 RC1 1063
Fred Mulholland 648 Folly 939
Steve Roselle Weathers Westerner 588
Don Blackburn 670 Folly 380
Eut Tleston V Tail Swallow 289
Antique
Don Bishop 1206 Bomber McCoy .60 17:08*
Bob Schleimer 1227 Bomber 15:37*
Fred Mulholland 1260 Bomber McCoy .60 14:38*
Bob Hawkins 1260 Bomber McCoy .60 12:16*
Peder Samuelsen 1500 Anderson Pylon OS .61 9:48*
Ed Hamler 900 Bomber ST 40 1755
Dave Lewis Bomber ST 60 1669
John Edris 1260 Bomber McCoy .60 1330
Don Bekins 1326 Airborn McCoy .60 1149
Ohlsson Sideport
Gerald Martin 601 Alpha Corsair 11:20*
Don Bekins 765 Ethy 9:39*
Steve Roselle 672 Clipper 9:08*
Fred Mulholland 720 Mercury 7:19*
John Edris 685 Folly 11:28
Barbara Mulholland 967 Weathers Westerner 10:50
Bob Hawkins 1260 Bomber 8:40
Dave Warner 472 Brigadier 9:08
George Tallent 1260 Bomber 7:19
Texaco
Bob Hawkins 1260 Bomber Irvin Diesel 58:31
Don Bekins 1360 Airborn O&R .60 33:50
Ed Hamler 1206 Bomber O&R .60 33:19
Von Warner 860 Scram O&R .60 28:43
Peder Samuelsen 1260 Bomber OS .61 4 Strk 27:28
Dick Griswold Contest Gas O&R .60 19:56
George Tallent 1260 Record Breaker 13:32
1/2A Scale Texaco
Eut Tleston 253 Arrowplane 1453
Luther Peters 240 Waterman 1128
Art Hillis 283 Curtis Robin 773
Fred Mulholland 277 Eila 553