of Giants 2003 - Deland, Florida
By Lyman Slack
February 1st 2003: An event saddened by a tragedy.
Several of us drove down to Deland Florida to attend the 14th Annual festival
of Giants, this year held in conjunction with the IMAA Winter Rally of
Shortly after registering and hellos to old friends, we heard the news
that the Space Shuttle Columbia had been lost. A moment of silence was
announced before the event continued. Locals informed us that whenever
the shuttles approach the Cape for landing, their sonic booms can be heard.
None would be heard this day.
was steady all day, with the ready lines not all that lengthy; everyone
flew as much as they pleased. The noon show was brief, featuring Mac Hodges'
huge B-29 carrying aloft the Bell X-1. Former AMA President Don Lowe gave
a great demonstration with his large Ultimate Bipe. An eleven pound electric
Extra performed a 3D routine that would rival any IMAC guy! The 90 pound
Vulcan Bomber with four ducted fans rounded out the demonstrations.
We concurred that this year's trends were slightly away from the huge
3D machines and more towards electrics (Remember, this is a Big Bird event!).
Large ARFs of all types were seen all along the Flight Line.
our drive home, we listened to President Bush as he addressed the nation
on Columbia's loss. The short address was indeed very profound and somber,
and if I might, here are a couple brief excerpts:
"The "Columbia" is lost. There are no survivors.
"Because of His great power, and mighty strength, not one of them
is missing. The same Creator who names the stars also knows the names
of the seven souls we mourn today. The crew of the shuttle Columbia did
not return safely to earth, yet we can pray that all are safely home."
\____Flying Gators R/C____/
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