The O.F.F.C. NoCal contest for 2019 happened on October 30. Unfortunately, there were a few astonished, "The contest is today?" remarks at the meeting and there were only 4 entries. The four of us that did fly had a lot of fun.
Now. Pete Basone and I were trimming models we expect to fly in the Pearl Harbor NoCal contest in December so he had a Zero and I had a Brewster Buffalo. Bill Watson, for some reason, probably because it was appropriate to the Black Sheep Squadron, and the model would be displayed at the AMA EXPO the following weekend built a Corsair. Don Butman, the CD for the event, brought a high winged Farman with a big barn door of a wing. With the 12 gram minimum weight and all the fighters flying gear down you could easily predict the winner.
The contest was for the total of the best two flights out of five attempts.
The results were:
- Don Butman Farman 13 grams 159 seconds
- Bill Watson Corsair 12 grams 134.7
- Howard Littman Buffalo 12 grams 77.8
- Pete Basone Zero 14 grams 52.4
Winn Hammer brought his Zipper, not really legitimate since it is a model of a model, but he couldn't get it flying well enough to compete.
The November 27 contest will be a one design, P-18 Hawk, with a stock North Pacific front end. (Yes, we have a supply of them.)