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Offline Les McDonald

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Jacksonville--Early Seventies
« on: July 11, 2016, 08:58:03 PM »
Our old buddy from Savannah GA, Bob Harpe sent these to me awhile back.
The Tropicaire pic would have been in late 1972.
The Stiletto photo would be from the Spring of 1973.
 The picture of Bob Harpe and Tom Dixon was probably taken around 1971.
I had sent these photos to Don two weeks ago and when he didn't post them I became a bit concerned.
« Last Edit: October 21, 2017, 09:23:02 AM by Les McDonald »
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Re: Jacksonville--Early Seventies
« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2016, 09:17:10 PM »
Great memories....thanks!
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Re: Jacksonville--Early Seventies
« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2016, 06:28:35 PM »
I sure do enjoy seeng these 70's pictures. Especially the pants.
Also the planes and the tone of the photos just appeals to me. That Tropicaire just is fantastic. So pure.
I have been inspired by the trousers of the 70s flyers and am on a quest to dress for the event.
Kinda my psyche.
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Re: Jacksonville--Early Seventies
« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2016, 03:05:37 AM »
In the 90's it was hard to get new MD-80's because Bob Crandall's American Airlines had so much of the production capacity ordered, so TWA bought some MD-80's from BWIA. They had real... personality when we first got them. I just flew one the other day, still in action. Thanks for the great pics and cool shirts, Les.
(Loved the Tropicaire, didn't it have chrome gear and plated gear doors? A Junior High fantasy ship for me...)
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Re: Jacksonville--Early Seventies
« Reply #4 on: August 05, 2017, 01:52:40 AM »
Sorry , I'm getting on this thread late . During the early 70's , I flew control-line in Trinidad as a junior member of the club,  "The Modelers Association of Trinidad and Tobago" (MATT). There was an annual contest there sponsored by BWIA and I thought I saw you fly the Tropicaire there but I could be mistaken. There were a number of flyers from the states that came down for this event. It was a long time ago and I was probably about 12 at the time !

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Re: Jacksonville--Early Seventies
« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2021, 03:12:53 PM »
Those models were awesome to a newbie

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Re: Jacksonville--Early Seventies
« Reply #6 on: November 20, 2021, 01:59:33 PM »
 Hi Less
   You will remember this guy and my self taken in late 1970's at Jacksonville Fl.  Joe Mead was the contest director for many years at Jacksonville.
 In this picture I had not entered a contest in many years. The last one was in NYS around late 1960's and that was FF. I showed up at Jacksonville late and first round was done. They looked at my very old AAsr and thought let him fly as no one new me. They gave me one flight and as you can see I won.  Soon after this Bill Rich moved to Florida and he and I became great friends going to contest all over the south together.
 Fun days from a long time ago.
 Ed Ruane      aka EddyR

Seems I forgot photo so here it is
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Re: Jacksonville--Early Seventies
« Reply #7 on: December 01, 2021, 03:12:59 PM »
 I probably flew more official flights during my short career in front of Joe Mead than any other judge. He was a super nice guy and I only wished I had spent more time around him. I'm pretty sure this is the only photo I've ever seen of Joe. Thanks for posting it Eddy.
« Last Edit: December 01, 2021, 07:51:57 PM by Les McDonald »
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