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WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE “CROSS COUNTRY GAGGLE”

By Jim Maddox 2002 Entries; left to right Co-pilot Callie Johnson, Driver/Navigator-Henry Crocket, Pilot Jim Maddox. Entered “Delta 1 Tanker”, a Delta Vortex© by Bruce Tharpe Engineering (800) 557-4470. Aircraft is highly modified to fly for long-distance flights, in a 130 mile race across the desert. A test of; man/women, machine and environment in south-eastern New Mexico. “Racing against the clock but not allowed to use one.” This was the first “run” after 18 months of trial and error working out the bugs. Fuel issues kept us out of the first race using this aircraft however not out of the winners circle, we placed 2nd with our high wing airplane. The 2003 race promises to be “different” including a longer distance portion…..one leg of 100 miles and possibly 2.5 hours of flying non stop for the aircraft. There may be “games for the crew” along the way, like get out and run around the truck and collect objects. It will be a timed event…but no watches or timing ... read more

AN ACCOUNT OF THE 2003 CROSS COUNTRY RC AIRPLANE RACE

Gaggle in the SandsThe10th Annual White Sands Cross Country Gaggle White Sands Missile Range near Alamogordo, New Mexico was home to the 10th annual Cross Country “Gaggle” on Sunday, June 15, 2003. A “gaggle” as defined by Webster is a flock or cluster of geese when not in flight. Well, 11 teams and 40 some people from around the state competed in a 150-mile cross country RC airplane race and this group of modelers certainly resembled that definition of a gaggle. The road rally type, AMA sanctioned, RC Aircraft cross country race was made up of 3 long-distance legs, and was attempted by each of the 11 skilled pilots and their teams. This race is a test of man/woman, machine and the sometimes hostile, desert environment. The aircrafts ranged from entry-level high wing ARF’s to “flying fuel tanks or Delta’s.” No timing devices were allowed including watches, sundials and minute timers, no fuel transfer by pump from one bottle to another, no battery chargers that g ... read more

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