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FLTLT Cath Friend
WHEN the V8s are lined up on the
grid you would expect all eyes to be
on the cars, but an F/A-18A Hornet
turned on an awesome display of
power in Darwin that wowed the
Pilot FLTLT Todd Woodford
commanded the full attention of the
40,000 spectators when he conduct-
ed high-speed passes, turns, and ver-
RAAF Base Tindal's 75SQN
provided two aerial displays
over the Skycity V8 Supercar
Championships, held at Hidden
Aircraft technician LAC Casey
Kelty took part in the event and said
it was a great experience.
"It was a fantastic opportunity
for 75SQN to be involved with such
a large national event," LAC Kelty
"I personally hope that 75SQN
can continue to provide spectacular
air displays for the V8s."
The 75SQN members were given
the opportunity to observe and speak
to different V8 teams in the pits, see-
ing how like-minded professionals
worked in tough environments.
Aircraft technicians were invited
into the Red Bull Racing area, and
on both days were given an insight
into the technical aspects of racing.
CPL Mitch Philpot SUP said
it was fantastic to see how the V8
Supercar teams moved all their
equipment from race to race, "much
like the deployment of a squadron,
from a logistical point of view".
The technicians were also
able to see how each team mem-
ber was vital to the final outcome,
and for Red Bull it was all positive,
with two team victories over the
At the other end of the pits were
the aircrew, who spent their time
with the owner of the Dodo Car,
He walked the team through a
weekend of highs and lows -- ulti-
mately the car didn't finish the race
due to a massive pile-up.
Mr Warne said it was just one
race and the championship series
wasn't over "until it's all over".
"Now it's time for the team to
rebuild and get back out there for
the Townsville race -- this is what we
do," he said.
The next race is in Townsville
from July 5-7 and will feature a
Hawk 127 Lead-in Fighter, provid-
ing a low-level aerobatic display.
All revved up
A PAIR of Air Force technicians faced
the world's best in remote control (RC)
aircraft at a competition in Florida.
Aptly named Top Gun, the competi-
tion is now in its 25th year and from
May 1-5 drew 108 entrants from 26
This year the entrants included CPL
Peter Goff, a project technician with the
Air Lift Systems Program Office, and
CPL Anthony Ogle, a reservist with
Top Gun is an invitation-only event,
where judges critique the realism of an
RC aircraft -- not just the detail, but also
how it flies.
Both CPLs Goff and Ogle attended
last year's Top Gun as spectators, but
were invited to participate in this year's
event following their success in state
and national competitions.
They each drew on WWII for
inspiration, with CPL Goff building
a Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat carrier-
borne fighter, while CPL Ogle built
a Republic P-47M Thunderbolt long-
CPL Goff said construction of his
Hellcat took more than two years, and
was completed from scratch using a
mix of balsa, plywood and fibreglass.
Building the Hellcat's structure took
just six months -- the majority of effort
went into recreating the finer details.
"The most time-consuming part
was reproducing the thousands of
rivets and all the panel lines, and also
achieving a realistic weathered finish
using pastels was rather difficult," CPL
"There are two appropriate sayings
when building a scale model. The first
is, 'When the construction of the air-
craft is 90 per cent complete, you usu-
ally still have 90 per cent to go'.
"The other saying is, 'You never fin-
ish a scale model, you only stop work-
ing on it'."
The Hellcat weighed in at 12.7kg.
Its undercarriage rotates and retracts
into the wing exactly like the real
aircraft, with other features including
controllable cowl and wing flaps, a
sliding canopy and detailed cockpit.
During the build, a test and refine-
ment process was conducted to ensure
the RC replica flew correctly, a process
which took extensive research, CPL
"There were many hours research-
ing old war documentaries on how that
particular aircraft flew so as to replicate
its flying characteristics as best as pos-
sible," he said.
CPLs Goff and Ogle were among
five Australians who attended Top Gun
Packed in custom-built cases, the
RC models were flown by Qantas and
then transported by road with the assis-
tance of two friends the corporals made
at Top Gun 2012.
At Lakeland Regional Airport, east
of Tampa, the 108 entrants battled it out
across six categories.
Competitors make four flights with
their RC aircraft to demonstrate its
ability to fly like the real thing, and are
also judged on a static assessment of
the model, which critiques the builder's
attention to detail.
CPL Goff was awarded a trophy for
best unlimited entry, which is judged
based on the performance of the aircraft
over the entire event, as well as placing
sixth in the unlimited class, where no
restrictions apply on the scale, size or
builder of the model.
CPL Ogle's P-47M Thunderbolt
placed first in the Pro-Am Sportsman
"It was definitely an eye opener on
how to approach world-class scale com-
petition," CPL Goff said.
"Many friends were made and we
now have contacts in the RC industry
The competition whet the corpo-
rals' appetite for a return in 2014, and
CPL Goff said he intended to bring an
"I'm currently finishing a 108-inch
wingspan CAC Wirraway for next year
that will be a replica of the current
flying Wirraway at Temora Aviation
Museum in southern NSW," he said.
NEED FOR SPEED: Avionics technician LAC Casey Kelty was part of a team from 75SQN on the starting
grid at the V8 Supercars at Hidden Valley, Darwin. Inset, pilots FLGOFF Kris Sieczkowski and FLTLT
Thomas Quin are shown the engine of the Mustang Trans Am by Tony Karanfilovski, a driver in the Touring
Photos: LAC Dan Pinhorn
HIGH FLIERS: CPLs Anthony Ogle and Peter Goff achieved success at
an invitation-only remote control aircraft competition in Florida.
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