Biplanes Over Ithaca - the story

Saturday September 28th was a great day for flying, and an even better day for biplanes. According to IRCS President James Rundle, the AMA registered event "Biplanes over Ithaca" drew approximately 100 spectators to watch 18 registered pilots put their biplanes in the air. With more than 30 aircraft on display, the event showcased multi-wing designs of all kinds from aviation's beginnings to modern aerobatic craft. Including IRCS, the event drew members from eight area RC clubs: Aeroguidance, Valley RC Model Club, CAMS Cortland, STARS, Mountain Modelers Wellsboro PA, Sayre Valley RC, ARCS Syracuse. Also attending/piloting were VIPs from the AMA: Gary Fitch, AMA Executive VP; Eric Williams, VP for District II; Frank Granelli and Reid Condon, Associate VPs for District II;

The event would not have been a success without the help of many hands. Many club members showed up early to help set up and continued to provide help throughout the day. Ron Branchini provided a PA system and Ron Harris announced pilots and their aircraft as they took off. The Coolbaughs cooked hot dogs and provided drinks and snacks. Rich Foster also provided snacks and Jordan and April Foster handled registration. Jim Bruno spruced up the shelter and outbuildings prior to the event, and Barry Perlus handled the pre-event news releases.

Here are a few photos from the event. See the Biplanes Over Ithaca photo gallery for a larger selection

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Jim Bruno's Boeing F4B-2 stands out against a late afternoon sky.

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Almost all of the 18 registered pilots pose with their aircraft.

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Gary Fitch, AMA Executive VP, brings his 1/3 scale "Fly Baby" around for a low pass over the field.

Biplanes Over Ithaca!

Two weeks until the biplane event, and club members are busy building, re-building, or buying biplanes wherever they can find them. A few biplanes came out last Monday for a photo shoot. Here's hoping the weather is good on the 28th, for what looks like a fascinating event!

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Jim Rundle fitting the upper wing to "Big John"

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Jim Bruno working on the wing strut assembly for this scale Boeing F4-B. Jim had just acquired the model from a former club member who is no longer active. The model was painstakingly built from plans.

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Jim Rundle and Jim Bruno posing with their really "almost ready to fly" biplanes

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Rich Foster. left, with his "Ultimate", and Ray Coolbaugh, right, with an SE-5 Scout.