20 - 24 May
Wilson, North Carolina
East Coast Jet Flyers
Located just a few miles west of Interstate
95 in northern North Carolina, and with a huge runway and wide open
space that is all ours for the week, "First In Flight" is a high
priority event for many jet enthusiasts. Robert Vess and Larry Lewis
are the driving force organizers and directors, and now for the
sixth year, made sure that the 120+ pilots enjoyed their sport. Photos
and credits are part of BVM's effort to add support. The following
is a sampling of that effort and we would like to add to it. So if
we missed you and your BVM/Skymaster jet, help us out. We will
update the gallery as appropriate.
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The prestigious "Right Stuff"
trophy was awarded to Dave Malchione Jr. Dave flew several BVM
and Skymaster jets almost non stop.
Hard to catch this guy
sitting still but we did snap this shot of Robert Vess after a
flight with his one-of-a-kind "Marine" Ultra Bandit.
Eric Meyers is very pleased with his BVM PNP F-16. Excellent Pilot!
That talent also makes his Bandit come alive!
Maryland DCRC Member David
Fepelstein has been enjoying this KingCat for several years.
Andy Finizio and the Malchione Clan chose
this popular Ultra Bandit scheme, defined as AirShow #1. Both
logged many sorties at "First In Flight".
David McQueeney is very
pleased with his ThunderBird Ultra. He has a matching Bandit
MKII. Sorry we missed the photo of both together.
A great noon time airshow featured these
5 Skymaster F-104G's. BVM has a "Success Pack" that enhances the
building, equipping, and flying of this challenging Century
Series USAF Interceptor.
Patrick Holowesko is BV's
Grand Nephew and is a "natural" jet pilot. He did well flying
the Ultra in "Fly Navy" colors in between flights on his
personal Bandit ARF.
Robert Rich is a full time student
in the mechanical engineering program at the University of Central
Florida. Now in his 3rd year, he has a very high point
average. He works part time at BVM helping us stay on top of all
of the constantly changing electronic systems. His model jet
flight training started 10 years ago under the tutelage of Rob
Lynch in Fort Lauderdale. At First
In Flight he helped us show off the Ultra Bandit and the Cougar
campaigned this BVM F-16 PNP and a Bandit ARF and sent in these
family does it
Pete, Dave, Dave Jr. with
an 18 year old BVM F-4
Dave with a twin turbine
powered Skymaster A-10
A Skymaster F-104G is part
of their fleet.
This EVF ~3~ 12S "9er"
powered 63" Sabre ARF can "hang" with the turbines. It really
scoots and Dave shows it well.
Anthony DiMaio logged lots of sorties
with his Bandit ARF. He applied this paint scheme before BVM
made it a standard.
Chris True adapted a very early BVM T-33
to EVF 10S power and it flew quiet well.
Don DeSandre traveled from New York with
numerous BVM Jets. This Bandit ARF is a favorite.
Red & White Cougar is
waiting for taxi clearance
This is the 450 flight BVM F-16
PNP. We call it the "Original".
Kirby Smith and Greg
discussing maneuvers for the next Cougar sortie.
Skymaster Hawk with Greg's
Always charged, fueled, and
ready for flight were these 3 samples of BV's fleet.
Greg and BV sometimes have a friendly
competition during events like "First In Flight" trying to out
do each other in number of flights per day. It was almost even
until Greg got started one morning "Very " early!
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