Tuesday, January 15, 2013

RC Model Flyer 10/2010

We all know that model aircraft are intrinsically dangerous and that when we attend fly-ins and shows as pilots or helpers on the flightline side of the crowd line, we are there at our own risk, fully cogent of the possible dangers. We are insured, of course, against injury to third parties and property - but should we sue a fellow modeller should an accident occur, especially if the only long term injury incurred is to our pride, rather than to our physical selves? I refer to a specific incident that happened some time ago at a large model show, that we have just heard is about to proceed to court. I cannot go into details for obvious reasons, only to say that a model hit a modeller who was helping in the pits, rendering him temporarily unconscious and necessitating a short trip to the hospital. Thankfully, no serious injury was sustained and the gent was able to return to the show, albeit with a headache, shortly after.

Flight Journal 08/2012

IF YOU READ FLIGHT JOURNAL on a regular basis, then you know how I love to throw WW II statistics around. As it happens, Barrett Tillman loves to do the same thing and the "Tailview" he contributed to this issue is his way of using statistics to show that the so-called Greatest Generation wasn't a single generation. And wasn't restricted to those who actually went into combat. It applies to the millions of managers, workers, engineers and designers of all ages who created so many miracles in being able to produce the tools of war, from shoelaces to atom bombs in such a short period of time. Barrett also explains Guadalcanal ("Six Months to Victory"), our first offensive operation of the war where young Marines stormed the shores in the first large-scale amphibious operation in modern times. This form of amphibious warfare was a new concept that required massive amounts of new equipment from aircraft carriers to the aforementioned shoelaces, none of which existed December 7, 1941. Eight months later, almost to the day, millions of tons of material had been moved to the South Pacific where America started the long road back on the shores of a remote island called Guadalcanal.