The National Warplane Museum Free Flight Series ends with the Great Grape Gathering'. The next meet is slated for September 7, 8, & 9, 2018.
The Great Grape Gathering is the second of the sanctioned events in the series. if you have never flown at the National Warplane Museum's airfield, you would be totally delighted with the great open space and lush green grass. If you can spend a day or two extra it is well worth the time to travel along one of the Finger Lakes and visit some of the wineries and antique shops. I hope you will come out and enjoy the best three days of flying and socializing I've ever seen.
Full information on the series is on the NWM FF Series page.
Below is the link to the 2017 Flyer for the Great Grape Gathering
The events are fairly the same each year, this will give you an idea what can be expected.
New award at the Great Grape Gathering!
Starting with 2017 there is now an award to honor the Wife's and Lady Friends who venture to Geneseo every year to help and support their mates.
Each year one of the wonderful ladies will be chosen to be that years
"Great Grape Angel"
Since 2017 was the first year we awarded two very special women!
On the left is Sally Smith------Sally mans the headquarters tent almost single-handed. A big job! I'm glad I only have to help out now and then
On the right is Heather Mollendorf------ Heather hosts our Saturday dinner on the Field. And a fantastic meal it truly is.
In case you're wondering' the Old Guy in the middle Jerry Litschi
EBENEZER FUN FLY
Now I would like to make a pitch for an activity that
Jim Smith and Don Myers will be organizing, to run at the GGG. This
will not be an official event, so will not qualify for a plaque or
wine. The intrepid pair of anglophiles are planning to host a fun fly
for Ebenezers. What's an Ebenezer?, you might well ask. For those who
are unfamiliar with the craft I have attached a pdf file describing it.
How did Ebenezers get their name ?
The first Ebenezer was designed in the 1950’s by a young
American from San Antonio, Texas by the name of Bert
Striegler who wanted a model that would have a very
characterful look, be easy to build and set up and to be
able to handle the power of the then new Cox 020 en-
Still full of euphoria after the first successful flight, Bert
had yet to name his new creation.
Whilst in church one day he heard a Hymn being sung
which had the words about raising your Ebenezers to the
sky and have them safely return home.
The biggest change this year concerns the E-36 event.
Jim Coffin has pointed out that the AMA has changed the rules for E-36 for 2017. The motor run times are now 10 seconds for the first three (qualifying) flights, 10 seconds for the first fly-off and then 5 seconds for all subsequent fly-offs; previously it was 15 seconds for the qualifiers, then a 10 second fly-off, then 5 seconds for subsequent fly-offs. We will be changing the GGG rules to match these new AMA rules.
If you happen upon this site and have wondered about model flying. Please come for a visit. One of the purposes behind adding the E20 event is an attempt at getting some new free-flighters out to the flight line. So if you would like to try your hand at Free Flight,stop at the Headquarters tent and we will "Get you hooked" up to do some flying.
One of the Highlights of the "GGG" is the Ladies Cloud Tramp Mass Launch. The BOM is lifted for this event. And the Ladies do a fine job of the launch. 2011 found the event with Co-winners each having had a OOS flight. The Ladies pictured above (Left to right) Jean Sayer Co-winner,Miriam Morris, Carol Kane, Mary Palangiewicz, Darlene Rymer Co-winner, Pat Barlow,and Bonnie Myers
Roy Smith AKA "Aeronut" is the Contest Manager
The National Warplane Museum Located at the Geneseo Airport is an outstanding Free Flight venue. It has been suggested that a membership to the museum might be helpful in keep this site open to Free Flight contests.