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Pterodactyl. Radio control pattern slope soarer model. Wingspan 64 in, wing area 495 sq in.
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Update 5/6/2022: Added semi-article, thanks to Pit. This is a page from Gull Wings Newsletter, Summer 2017.
Quote: "Ken then designed and built a very fast aerobatic ship called the Pterodactyl. The Pterodactyl was purpose built for those high wind days at Torrey when beach runs are particularly fun. On those days when there would be no beachgoers, he would dive down low enough to clearly see the shadow of the plane on the beach, then climb all the way back up to cliff level and do it over again. Lots of fun. In those sorts of high wind days Ken would sometimes fly with a motorcycle helmet on, to avoid tearing in his eyes from the wind and sand being blown up from the beach below. He bridged the split between older TPG members and younger high-school aged pilots. For instance, Ken is one of those who taught youngster Steve Neu how to fly RC at Torrey."
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Semi-article, thanks to Pit.
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