Castle Giant Scale Fly-In
21 years of RC camaraderie
SPONSORS / HOUSE OF BALSA/ZAP / ROTH R/C AEROSPORTS & APPAREL / BIG CREEK LUMBER / E-POWER
Every year, a small portion of concrete at the Castle Airport—formerly the
Castle Air Force Base (AFB)—in Merced, California, is turned into a small city of RC families and friends and their largescale aircraft. It is a huge family affair and a reunion for all who attend, and it’s the second largest giant-scale event in the United States. The airport manager, Scott Malta, is also a modeler, and the event coordinators are in constant communication with the local air-traffic controller so that the airport can remain active during the RC event. The Central California Model Flyers and the Turlock RC Club host the event, which offers
300 spots on-site for motor homes.
As usual, every day has a meeting for the 185 registered pilots, and this year we had some surprise guests: Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) president Rich Hanson and AMA District X associate vice president Greg Stone. Both talked at the pilots’ meeting and were well received by all. Every morning, we raise the colors, with Randy Courts and members of the U.S. Armed Forces standing at attention. This year, my friend Beverly Spencer, the widow of Charlie Spencer, who passed away last year, read a touching poem regarding the veterans and Memorial Day observances. Our flightline air boss and two line bosses keep the flightline moving. I am the event coordinator and, along with Clark Stiles, control the staging lines for who flies next. We fly large-scale aircraft from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. After 5:00 p.m., we open the field to anything that flies, and after the sun goes down, the night fliers come out—lots of fun! I’m always amazed by the quality of aircraft that show up at this event. New this year was the P-47 Brotherhood, flying all 1/5-scale P-47s with GP 61cc gas engines. They flew two sorties with about six planes each time. I’d like to thank all the vendors that showed up. We had a lot of terrific food on-site, which the pilots and their families appreciated. Eddie, our famous shirt vendor, was always busy, and Dave Roth also had a lot of goodies at the Roth R/C Aerosports & Apparel booth. Paul and Pat Stenberg from Zap and House of Balsa supplied, upon entry, all the glue for the pilots.
Jason Chen’s amazing Mibo A-10 “Warthog” is powered by twin KingTech K140 turbines and has a scale lighting system. Paul and Pat Stenberg of House of Balsa and Zap Products have been monumental as a vendor and sponsor of this event for many years.