Each year during the midday show on Saturday, beautiful trophy awards are presented for “outstanding contribution to the Warbirds Over
Delaware event and the model aviation community.” This year’s honored recipients were Mike Gross Sr., Andy Kane, Tom Loveland, and the
entire Tidewater RC Contingent.
Awards for this year’s event went to (left to right) Tom Loveland, Andy Kane,
Mike Gross Sr., and the entire Tidewater RC contingent.
is ready for open flying.
There are six pilot stations,
and the volunteers work
the flightline like air-traffic
controllers to ensure
takeoffs and landings are
properly coordinated. Of
course, a spotter is required
for each pilot to keep the
aircraft moving safely and
On Friday and Saturday at noon, the midday show
temporarily takes over, halting open flying so that some
special aerial exhibitions flights can be demonstrated.
As usual, Adam Lilley starts off the show with his
modified Piper Cub and a “flying farmer routine,” which
is spectacular. Using his transmitter, he is able to drop
a wheel during takeoff and eject an aileron midflight.
His flight regimen is something reminiscent of a Three
Stooges’ short film, but in the end, he always manages to
land successfully to the applause of the audience.
Next up is the Great WW I Gaggle, which is open to
anyone with a plane of that vintage. On Saturday,
17 models took part to the delight of everyone present.
Like those amazing men in their flying machines, the
biplanes and triplanes flew the circuit and made some
very low passes, some billowing trails of white smoke.
Getting ready for the WW I
Gaggle, here is Scott Vickery
and his impressive half-scale
ZDZ 250cc-powered Fokker
Paul Le Tourneau brings in his A- 10 for a perfect landing.