Mid Atlantic Jet Fly 2004
May 28-30, 2004
If you were fortunate enough to arrive at the Fentress Naval Air
Landing Facility Friday afternoon, you got to see the US NAVY F-14 and F-18
fighter jets practicing FCLP's (Field Carrier Landing Practice). It was a vivid
demonstration of how we should be landing our model jets.
The constant speed, power controlled pattern and landing offer us the best control over how and where the model will land. Small power corrections on the final approaches of the big jets could be detected by variances in engine smoke and noise emissions. The carrier landing approach is a most precise operation - something we can emulate.
This jet event typically draws 30-35 pilots, mostly from the northeast corridor who come to enjoy the fabulous flying and landing facility. Saturday is usually very busy with some flying continuing to about 2pm Sunday. A five hour return trip to Pennsylvania and New York makes a very complete Memorial Day weekend for many.
The trek for the BVM contingent is 12 hours, but we enjoy this annual affair sufficiently to make it worthwhile.
|The Malchione family are always at this event, this time with a new KingCat with JetCat P-120 power. L to R - Pete, Dave Sr., Dave Jr. and friend Lauren.|
|Andy Finizio from Potomac, MD logged the first flights on
this KingCat - also with P-120 power. Andy said that he is very pleased with
the combo and will soon have the lettering and other dress-up stuff on his
machine. Click to read the
article - dressing up your KingCat.
George McLean's bright orange Bandit is now a seasoned veteran model that he thoroughly enjoys. George traveled from Copiague, NY.
Another seasoned Bandit is this black beauty by Glen Robinson of Floral Park, NY.
Heavy Metal in pairs. Malchione's and BV's F-100D's and Mike Lesher and BV's Blue Angel Phantoms.
A rare but great looking Sabre paint scheme was found on the internet by Anthony Wiencek. He used BVM Metal-Kote for the natural aluminum and lots of paint masks and rub-ons for the lettering and stencils. Powered by a JetCat P-70, it flew great!
|This very visible and clean Bandit was flown many times
by Jermaine Brown from Rosedale, NY. The fluorescent paints just can't be beat
for their ultimate Hi-Viz properties.
Jermaine poses here with his soon-to-be finished and nicely weathered BVM Rafale.
|George DelMoral from Virgina Beach, Virginia applied this Sukhoi camo scheme to his BobCat. Many flights during the two day event.|
|Ron Stahl's camo BobCat is in its 2nd season now. Ron traveled from Reisterstown, MD and truly enjoys this sport.|
|Rich Latteier from Raliegh, NC uses an early RAM 750 to power his BobCat - the combo works well - many flights during the weekend.|
|Another fabulous Phantom combo featured some formation flying by Dave Malchione Jr and Tony Masiello. The spectators really showed their appreciation for this team effort.|
|Jamie Snipes' KingCat won the Best Sport Jet award for this brilliant airbrushed scheme. First flights were logged at Fentress with a BMT-120 powering it.|