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Mark Scarborough:
Leo missed the most important part about electric,,
when old guys like Leo are out flying, ( and you to Doc)
we can use the batteries to slop together a defibulator in case you guys have an "event" while your flying,,

muah ha ha ha LL~ LL~

mostly for Leo when I do one of my infamous super low pullouts,, LOL

Leo Mehl:
Actualy I am more affraid when he pulls out too high which happens a lot and Doc I'm tellin ya electric has a lot of advantages Over IC. HB~> HB~>

RandySmith:
Quote from: Heman Lee on May 30, 2012, 08:16:36 PM

Lee is a friend of mine that I use to fly with and he told me this stories at the NW Regional.  He did not tell me it was Gordon Delaney.  He just said "Some old geezy came down to the combat circle with an old combat model from the 60's and   ......."
After that, I went back to the Stunt Pit and just happen to sit down next to Gordon to eat my lunch. Gordon who is an very open and friendly person started a conversation with me and it some how lead me into telling this stories to him.  After I said something about "some old geezy came over with at old combat plane and nearly caught Lee and himself on fire"  he quickly replied:  "That was me!".

Here is the stories written by Ken Burdick that has been passed around the bay area combat pilots group:


The Burning Of Gordon Delaney
By ken Burdick

Gordon Delaney caught on fire last weekend, and then he set Lee Letchworth on fire…….then he set the field on fire……..then he set his airplane on fire……..
Buzz ran away and was spared.
 

The button sat on the arcat battery with nothing to do but wait; it could see what was going on.
It waited while Jeff Rein walked to the handle of a beautiful Challenger built by Gordon Delaney.  It waited while the bladder was filled and the overly opened needle valve watched in horror as it was connected to the silicone fuel line.
The engine, a gift from Howard Rush, knew but wouldn’t say, that it was over primed and flooded.
 The glow plug that was hand crafted by Henry Nelson was quietly biding its time.
 And thus began the burning of Gordon Delaney.

Gordon Delaney needs no introduction and is an excellent designer and stunt flyer. But there was a time when Gordon was an excellent combat flyer and designer.  Every twenty years or so, Gordon get’s the itch to build one of his old combat designs, bring it to the North West Regional’s and wow the crowd by letting Jeffery Rein fly the wings off of it for all to see. The last time was in 1995 and so it was that this year Gordon brought a flawless Challenger dressed in translucent yellow mono-coat with the cleanest looking Nelson .36 I have ever seen. The engine pod and fuselage/tail boom was black and showed as only a master finish can produce. Letters in black on the yellow wing announced the name of the airplane; it was nothing short of perfection.

Lee Letchworth, quiet and unassuming was designated to hold and launch, Jeff Rein was to be the pilot while Gordon did the engine preparation and starting duties. Buzz Wilson was on standby when the whole thing happened.
 Gordon was wearing a summer like outfit that would be presentable to the stunt judges for his flights in PA. Clean Dockers, a blue shirt and small but stylish dark glasses. It’s possible that dark glasses tinted blue prevents one from seeing an alcohol fire.

After filling the fuel tank and priming the shiny Nelson, Gordon began flipping the ill fated contraption with no indication that it would start. Not a bump or sputter. More prime was added to the already silent motor with vigorous prop flipping. A voice, not heard at first, but later acknowledged, was trying to signal the gaggle of flyers involved in the endeavor.

“push the button”
From sixty feet away, it can be difficult to be heard, but the words came again.
“push the button”

Lee heard and reached down pushing the still waiting button, the arcat battery sprang to life waking up the well soaked Nelson glow plug. The resulting “poof” was not heard by anyone but as the pilot observed, Gordon threw the finger guard about ten feet all the while yelling “oww, oww, oww!”
 Gordon had let go of the fuel line spraying lee’s pants like a flame thrower. To the Reinman, some sixty feet away, it looked like they were fighting bees as both were jumping up and down hollering “oww, oww, oww”  Jeff heard Lee say he was going to take off his pants.
 Gordon, meanwhile, was yelling “THROW ME A RAG!” , Buzz said there was one in his back pocket, but it turned out to be a paper towel.  The burning paper towel was dropped by Gordon and fuel was starting small grass fires that Gordon was dancing on trying to stomp out. Buzz was now heading for the hills to get as far from this mêlée as possible. The airplane which had been dropped by the two human torches, had caught on fire and was burning on at their feet.



What Buzz saw:
 
Nelson with Mejlik prop given to him by Howard
 
Gordan starting, Lee holding, Buzz standing behind Gordan watching, Jeff at Handle
 
No drip test, Needle way open.
 
Gordan connects glow plug and starts flipping. Nothing happens, prime, flip nothing happens
 
Jeff yells in OH you have to press the button on the RCATS.
 
Lee bends down pushes button.
 
Gordon flips, feels hot on plane, like a good combat flyer starts to spank the bottom of the baby
 
Hand starts to burn. Sets plane on ground. Lets go of fuel line.
 
Fuel gets on Lees pants leg, Lee starts to run away, Fuel from bladder become Flame thrower, Lee heard yelling I am on fire, Buzz looks towards the sound of the voice and sees patches of fire and then has a Viet Nam Flash back and looks for the jet dropping Napalm. Gordan yells has anyone got a rag, Buzz says you have one in your back pocket, (it looked like a rag), Gordan applies rag, actually it was a paper towel, adding fuel to the fire. Plane continues to burn creating what looked to be  a burnt scrambled egg (the plane was covered in yellow monocoat. Jeff thought they had been attacked by bees.
 
Gordan won the best finish award for his stunt plane and when he went to the prize table Buzz yelled see if they have a fire extinguisher.
 

What Jeff saw:
I go to the handle as the pit crew works
Gorden primes and flips, no go
Primes and flips again.
I yell push the button
Lee pushes the button
One or too flips later, Gorden's finger guard fly's ten feet backwards to the ground
Gorden starts looking to the left, then right, then fidgets, then sets the plane down.
Gorden lets the fuel line lets go, (because by now his hand is on fire) and sprays fuel all over Lee.
The flames followed the fuel
Lee is now on fire andstarts dancing like a hip hop star. I thought he was swatting a bee.
I come back to the pits.
I here the word fire, look down, and proceed to stomp on the grass.
Fire spread, more stomping.
I hear Lee say something about taking his pants off.
I see Gordens beautiful, virgen Challenger half burned up.
I get alcohol to spray on Gordens burned hand.





Herman

Gordy is always playing with Fire !!!    ;D ;D

Randy

Steve Helmick:
"Herman

Gordy is always playing with Fire !!!     

Randy"


It's really "Heman", not "Herman". He's apparently one of those Super Heroes from the Comics. At least, he flies like they would, if they weren't required to fly R/C by their booking agents. "Super Gordy" comics should be out soon, if Kenny B can get the art department busy on it.

First time I saw Heman flying was at Roseburg. I didn't notice his field box, but did sit up and take notice of his flying ability. Much impaired by his plane (Ringmaster?), even then.  I want to see what he'd do with an Expert class model, because I suspect he'd be in the top of the pack very quickly. 

How's that new kidney doing, Heman?  H^^ H^^ H^^ Steve

Heman Lee:
If you are from from Oregon, "Heman Lee" is actually a famous Pioneer in history, who is one of the founders of the Oregon trail (Heman Allen Lee).  The last couple of years since my transplant I have not done much in model building because I had sell my bay area home and move back to my parent home in Sacramento to recover.  I also am going back to City College to get a Web Developers Certification to update my skills even though I already have a BS in Computer Sci.  The 1/2A model is something I can build on the coffee table without have to clean out the garage.  I am still doing OK with the transplant,

Thanks are all of the support from the CL community.  I really enjoy coming back to the NW Regional.


Quote from: Steve Helmick on June 12, 2012, 11:16:00 AM

"Herman

Gordy is always playing with Fire !!!    

Randy"


It's really "Heman", not "Herman". He's apparently one of those Super Heroes from the Comics. At least, he flies like they would, if they weren't required to fly R/C by their booking agents. "Super Gordy" comics should be out soon, if Kenny B can get the art department busy on it.

First time I saw Heman flying was at Roseburg. I didn't notice his field box, but did sit up and take notice of his flying ability. Much impaired by his plane (Ringmaster?), even then.  I want to see what he'd do with an Expert class model, because I suspect he'd be in the top of the pack very quickly.  

How's that new kidney doing, Heman?  H^^ H^^ H^^ Steve

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