On Wednesday, July 31, the Dime Scale Contest (9 cent scale) was held in the Stonehurst gym. We had a great meeting before the contest which ended with a few surprised, "The contest is today?" remarks. As it turned out only three people brought dimers. But, following the FAC three contestants makes a contest rule it went ahead anyway.
Bill Watson brought a freshly made Heath Parasol. Joe Whiting brought a SIPA S.11 (French Arado 96) and a Fokker DXVII. Don Butman brought his SB2C-3 and a Howard DGA-15. Once Bill got the Heath trimmed it was evident that he would win the contest. Joe's Fokker had been finished the night before the contest and was in need of more trimming that could be done that morning so he flew the reliable SIPA S.11. Don's SB2C-3 was beautifully stable in flight but he couldn't get over 30 seconds out of it so he switched to the DGA-15. (Although he held the more colorful Curtiss for the photos.)
The contest was for the best single flight of unlimited (well, completed before the 11:30 cutoff time) attempts.
- 1. Bill Watson 80.3 seconds
- 2, Joe Whiting 52.41
- 3. Don Butman 36.1
CD Joe Whiting, Timer Howard Littman
The next contest is the Rubber Payload Contest on August 14.