A new flier entered the Precision Aerobatics ranks at the 2019 Fall Follies. Lynette Lickley of Redmond, Ore., made her first flights in Beginner PA, with dad John coaching. Flying Lines photo.

33rd Follies features return of Combat

Oct. 5-6, 2019, Bill Riegel Model Airpark, Salem, Ore.

The Fall Follies became a three-day event in 2019, with participation in the global Ringmaster fly-a-thon taking place on Friday. On Saturday and Sunday, morning fog gave way to beautiful sunshine and mostly calm air.

The contest was lightly attended in the Stunt events, but the competition was good and everyone had a good time -- and was well fed at the Sunday barbecue.

Combat returned to the Follies with good attendance in three hotly contested events. Northwest Super Sport Race was added to the racing lineup.

The Follies is the contest at which the annual Don McClave Vintage Stunt trophy is awarded to the top scorer in the Flying Lines Northwest standings in combined Old-Time and Classic Stunt. The 2019 champion was Mike Haverly, who competed entirely in Classic Stunt. The trophy was accepted for Mike by Howard Rush. Previous winners have been Bruce Hunt (2006, 2008, 2009, 2010), Scott Riese (2005), Pat Johnston (2007) and Pete Peterson (2011, 2013), Alan Resinger and John Thompson (2012, tie), John Thompson (2014) and Dave Royer (2015, 2018), and Haverly (2016, 2017). The trophy is sponsored by Flying Lines.

Western Oregon Control-Line Flyers president Craig Bartlett organized the Friday Ringmaster day which had a small but enthusiastic group. The flying was cut short on Friday with some afternoon rainfall, but the rest of the weekend was nearly perfect. A few more flights were put up during the Fall Follies contest on Saturday and Sunday. Following is a summary of the pilots and planes and flights flown for the overall event in Salem. These 21 flights will be added to the worldwide event tally in which the goal was 6,000 flights. By the way, for those of you who are Ringmaster-illiterate, “S-1” is the original design with a 42 inch wingspan.

David LaFever, 4 flights (S-1, and Junior)
Mike Hazel, 4 flights (S-1, and Baby)
Craig Bartlett, 2 flights (S-1)
Gene Pape, 2 flights (S-1)
Dane Covey, 3 flights (S-1)
Pat Chewning, 2 flights (S-1)
John Thompson, 4 flights (S-1)

Contest staff:
Field mowing and setup: Mike Hazel
Registration: John Thompson and Barbara White
Pull-testing: Mike Denlis
Tabulation: Barbara White
Combat Event Director: Gene Pape
Racing Event Director: Mike Hazel
Stunt Event Director: John Thompson
Ringmaster flight coordinator: Craig Bartlett
Sunday barbecue: Mike Hazel
Contest director: Mike Hazel

Thanks also to many others who helped out with various chores and details!
Sponsor: Western Oregon Control-Line Flyers

Fall Follies Results

NW Standings points in parentheses

CLASSIC STUNT (4 entries)
Jerry Eichten, Newberg, Ore., Oriental, Entwhistle/OS .35FP -- 534.5 (4)
2. John Leidle, Kirkland, Wash., Olympus, Merco .61SS --533 (3)
3. Dane Covey, Tacoma, Wash., Nobler, Brodak .40 -- 488.5 (2)
4. John Thompson, Eugene, Ore. -- Barnstormer, O.S. Max .25 -- 473.5 (1)
Judges: Tim Wescott and Dave Royer

OLD-TIME STUNT (4 entries)
Dave Royer, 1949 Humongous, Merco .61 -- 276.25 (4)
2. John Thompson, Barnstormer, O.S. Max .25 -- 266.75 (3)
3. Dane Covey, Nobler, Brodak .40 -- 184.25 (2)
4. Pat Chewning, Beaverton, Ore., Ringmaster, O.S. .25FP -- 220.25 (1)
Judges: Bruce Hunt and Tim Wescott


Fred Underwood, West Linn, Ore., Similar Too, electric -- 542.5 (5)
2. Jerry Eichten, Python, electric -- 510 (4)
3. Bruce Hunt, Lake Stevens, Wash., Cardinal, O.S. .40FP -- 501 (3)
4. Tim Wescott, West Linn, Ore., Sister Jenny, O.S. .46LA -- 498 (2)
5. Dane Covey -- Profile Nobler, electric -- 411
Judges: John Leidle and John Thompson

Lynette Lickley, Redmond, Ore., profile Shark -- 81.5 (1)
Judges: Bruce Hunt and Jerry Eichten

Jim Green (left) battles Greg Machen in a 1/2-A Combat match on Saturday. Flying Lines photo.


Dave Royer, Magnum Plus, Stalker ST60 Pro -- 497.5 (1)
Judges: Bruce Hunt and Jerry Eichten

Chris Cox, Delta, B.C., Hellcat, Plettenberg 15-22 electric -- 596.5 (6)
2. Howard Rush, Olympia, Wash., Impact, Plettenberg 20-16 electric -- 590.5 (4.5)
3. John Leidle, Jack of Hearts, SuperTigre .60 -- 521 (3)
4. John Thompson, Crossfire, E-Flite 32 -- 494 (1.5)
Judges: Bruce Hunt and Jerry Eichten

Gary Harris, Banks, Ore. -- 9:16.54 (4)
2. Leighton Mangels, North Plains, Ore. -- 12:14.46 (3)
3. John Thompson -- 12:32.31 (2)
4. Doug Powers, Portland, Ore. -- 13:37.77 (1)

Mike Hazel, Mehama, Ore. -- 8:17.05 (2)
2. Leighton Mangels -- 9:12.02 (1)

1/2-A COMBAT (6 entries)
1. Greg Machen, Belfair, Wash. -- 5 wins, 0 losses (6)
2. Russ Hester, Florence, Ore. -- 3-2 (5)
3. Robert Smith, Roy, Wash. -- 2-2 (4)
4. Buzz Wilson, Belfair, Wash. -- 1-2 (3)
5. Gene Pape, Eugene, Ore. -- 0-2
Jim Green, Bellevue, Wash. -- 0-2

80MPH COMBAT (7 entries)
Buzz Wilson -- 5-0 (7)
2. Robert Smith -- 2-2 (6)
3. Greg Machen -- 2-2 (5)
4. Russ Hester -- 2-2 (4)
5. Gene Pape -- 1-2
6. Jim Green -- 0-2
Pat Chewning -- 0-2

15 FAST COMBAT (5 entries)
Russ Hester -- 3-1 (5)
2. Buzz Wilson -- 3-2 (4)
3. Greg Machen -- 1-2 (3)
4. Jim Green -- 1-2 (2)
5. Gene Pape -- 0-2

Results of this contest are included in the Northwest Control-Line Competition Standings.

Fall Follies photo gallery

Chris Cox makes the winning flight in Expert Precision Aerobatics. Flying Lines photo.

Cox's Hellcat in flight. Flying Lines photo.

Dane Covey's Nobler flies Classic Stunt. Flying Lines photo.

Dave Royer at the handle. Flying Lines photo.

Gene Pape (left) and Buzz Wilson get ready for the start of a Combat match. Flying Lines photo.

Beginner Precision Aerobatics was a family affair. Donna Lickley launches for Lynette's flight, as dad John prepares to coach, with judges Bruce Hunt and Jerry Eichten watching. Flying Lines photo.

Classic Stunt judges Tim Wescott (left) and Dave Royer at work. Flying Lines photo.

Jim Green checks the handle setting on a 1/2-A Combat plane. Flying Lines photo.

Russ Hester (left) and Greg Machen battle in 15 Fast Combat. Flying Lines photo.

Hester's plane (left) and Machen's jockey for position. Flying Lines photo.

Jerry Eichten's Oriental, the Classic Stunt winner. Flying Lines photo.

John Leidle's Olympus, for Classic Stunt. Flying Lines photo.

Robert Smith launches a 1/2-A Combat plane called a Sonic Chicken. Flying Lines photo.

John Thompson's Barnstormer, flown in both Old-Time and Classic Stunt. Flying Lines photo.

Dave Royer's Humongous, the Old-Time Stunt winner. Flying Lines photo.

Howard Rush's Impact, destined for the 2020 World Championships in Poland. Flying Lines photo.

Dave Royer's Magnum, flown in Advanced Precision Aerobatics. Flying Lines photo.

Lynette Lickley's profile Shark. Flying Lines photo.

The 15 Fast Combat pits -- F2D airplanes with U.S. Fast Combat flying rules. Flying Lines photo.

John Leidle's Jack of Hearts, for Expert Precision Aerobatics. Flying Lines photo.

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