Here is a heads up to three videos to enjoy that on the surface seem unrelated however I believe there is a strong common thread.
The top 2 videos have been produced by DCS World (Digital Combat Simulator). These men that I will refer to is a “crew” work on current day simulator graphics that the US Government uses to train fighter pilots. What you are seeing in these two top video trailers is the civilian version of video game graphics that has progressed to a high degree of realism.
Below these trailers is a video of our late beloved late WWII United States Army Air Corps veteran, Burt Madison. He was a member of several “flight crews” responsible for securing the allied victory and securing the peace.
Although from completely different time periods in our US history, we owe a dept of gratitude to both crews. Click the link below to go to this page:
For those that have experienced a bit of trouble when trying to successfully land one of these models without hurting or in some cases destroying the landing gear—you must be thinking “There must be a better way!
Well Help is here. Directions to make a Rubber Banded Landing gear is just a click away!
If you haven’t visited our MEMBERS’ MOVIES web page in a while now is a good time. It goes to the very heart of what Free Flight is all about with an over 5 minute flight of an Hodek HK-101. Click the MEMBERS MOVIES link below:
At exactly 4:14 pm on July 20, 2020, Roie Black sent an email to Jeff Nisley—the webmaster for our HAFFA website—with a link to a video he happened to like. Little did he know then, that it would end up on our HAFFA Website on September 9th, 2020. It’s a great video and the newest entry to date and if you haven’t visited this new page for our recently revamped website, here’s your chance. Look for Roie’s submittal 3 videos down on this page:
In the future if you want to return to Members’ Movies & Video Picks, it’s the fourth and last menu item under the main menu item called Freeflight Checklist.
The web page “Freeflight Checklist“is kind of a catch all—a Go-To List if you will—for several notable pages that Aeromodelers like you will want to return to in the future as content is regularly added.
If you have a suggestion for a video you think our Aeromodeling community would like, send an email with the YouTube URL link to Jeff Renz or Jeff Nisley. If you don’t have their email addresses, submit your movie or video by using the CONTACT FORM on our CONTACT Page. Thanks in advance. The KC Free Flight staff.
As the Webmaster of our HAFFA website, I am pleased to have our site back up and running. The word REVAMP means to give a new and improved form, structure, or appearance. To improve, typically through making wholesale or significant changes.
Hopefully I hope you believe that I have lived up to this definition. The site has what WordPress calls a new Theme. Quoting from Wikipedia “Themes allow users to change the look and functionality of a WordPress website without altering the core code or site content.” So most of the changes that you see are a result of changing from the theme that I was using to a new one called Karuna. And by the way, the font you are seeing on most of the site now is called Adelle. You will also find a few entirely new web pages on the site that I am excited about and will let you know what those are at the end of this article.
But first I want to point out something you probably noticed right off. It appears that we have changed the title of our website to KC Free Flight. Yes. This is the title we have now given our website. We are not changing the name of our organization. It will always be the Heart of America Free Flight Association or HAFFA for short.
The KC Free Flight name is an attempt to build on our core belief in Free Flight while also giving us an identifiable regional identity for the purpose of attracting members that live in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area or even outlying regions. We have some members as west as Wichita and Salina, Kansas, and recently we were able to attract a new member who found us from Fulton, Missouri. It troubles me to say he had trouble finding our organization on the Internet, but he was persistent enough to eventually find us. As a result we are looking at ways to improve our “web presence” and one of the ways is to have an easy to “spell and remember” web address.
We have used the domain name flyhaffa.com ever since I have been working with our HAFFA website and for all intents and purposes it has served us well. However I want to let you in on something that came as a surprise to me and I think it will have the same affect on you.
If I happened to be a person interested in model aircraft building and wanted to join a group I would probably do a search on the internet. I would soon learn that the words Free Flight are good key words to use as a starting point in my search. If I did a search on Free Flight I most likely would get a result like FreeFlightBirds.org at the top of the list which would take me to the Free Flight Exotic Bird Sanctuary. ( Go ahead, click on the link—it’s a great looking site!) The amazing thing about the results to me as I tried this search on my own is that 9 entries down on the list I found the link to a web page titled What is Free Flight? which is a webpage found on the website FreeFlight.org. So it turns out FreeFlight.org is the domain name they use for an organization many HAFFA members know and recognize—The National Free Flight Society or NFFS for short.
Now if you step back from this a second, it seems that HAFFA has the same dilemma.
If you were a HAFFA member and were attending one of our summer Outdoor Flying Sessions, and you had someone interested in our activities—you would probably want to tell them to go to our website to get some useful information about our club, how to formally contact us, what our club is all about, etc. You would of course like to tell them to go to something that was easy to spell and also easy to remember so you wouldn’t have to write it down for them.
In the past I have had to write down flyhaffa.com on a sheet of paper for the many visitors I have met at many of the Open Hanger Days put on by the Commemorative Air Force Heart of America Wing. (Check this link out also as they are one of our sister organizations.) Or I have handed them our club’s flyer with the name of our website printed on the back numerous times and I can’t remember any person getting back to me.
So it’s not a surprise to me that NFFS decided to use the domain name FreeFlight.org.
Their thinking is that at least people could remember the name long enough to go home and type it in the URL Box at the top of their browser.
So as a better way to have visitors find our site, it is our intention to gradually transition to a new domain name (or label if you will) on the internet, KCFreeFlight.com. We feel this is a better way to brand our organization and to show our location to others. At the same time we also have plans to gradually phase out our current domain name Flyhaffa.com so as to not hurt our Search Engine Ratings.
Having said all that there are some brand new ideas that I have integrated into the new website that I think you will like. One that I am excited about and can see potential for adding future content is the “Plane Tales” page. You will have to go to that one to see what it’s all about. Also check out the brand new Plans & Documents.
Click around the site and see what else is new. I’m hoping to add some additional HINTS’n TIPS pages in the future but for now you can see what’s in the list below the link in the sub menu. Hopefully these links will get you started on your journey around the new site.
It’s been a “Journey” for me learning the new “Gutenberg Block Editor” that was necessary to implement the new Karuna WordPress Theme that the site’s now using, but that my friends, may be a subject for another Post down the line. I hope you enjoy the site and thanks for not sending any complaints my way with the site being down. Respectfully yours. Jeff Nisley — HAFFA Webmaster
Setting the stage for the March 7th, 2020 Stars and Aviators Mass Launch matchup were four Vanguard P-18 hopefuls. Hedy Lamarr, made and flown by HAFFA Member Roie Black, edged out Pappy Boyington, flown by Wallie Freeburg in the final second of the contest. Pappy’s respectable 2nd place came after winning both the January and February Mass Launches.
Hedy’s pit crew, Roie Black, spent the better part of the morning making final trim adjustments propelling her to success. Roie’s statement after the win was:
“It’s taken me 35 years to get to a point where I have truly won something!”
Hedi made her debut last month bringing the fleet total to nine Vanguard P-18’s that Heart of America Free Flight Association (HAFFA) Members utilize in a friendly Mass Launch contest. Open to spectators participation, the program has been a resoundingly popular feature of our monthly Indoor Flying Sessions since it’s inception last year. Details about theStars and Aviator’s Programcan be foundHERE.
Hedy Lamarr, an Austrian-born actress Hollywood once dubbed “the most beautiful woman in the world”, was quite ahead of her time.
Below you will find links to YouTube videos that will showcase the fact that she was truly a mix of beauty and brains.
Having flown in a B-17, his flight in “Doc” rounds out his wish list for flights aboard WWII “Warbirds”. “Fifi” and “Doc” are the only two remaining roughly 75 year old B-29’s that are now capable of flying.
As a souvenir of his flight, Roie is holding up a “Docs Friends” B-29 patch shown at right that will be sewn on his bombardier jacket.
Roie described the flight as “Amazing”. His seat was in the rear of the plane near the ball turret where the machine guns are still theoretically positioned to fire. He said that looking out through the three Plexiglas blisters windows there gave him an appreciation of what the crewmen must have experienced when they tried to fend off enemy attacks.
More info about this plane can be found at this Wikipedia web page:
There were 5 very successful Open Hanger Days Events this year put on by the Commemorative Air Force Heart of America Wing. Look for the dates on this site next year during the summer months so you can be sure to enjoy a flight in a “Warbird” as so many others have already done so.
Although these videos below are not of “Doc” per se, they provide more info about the Boeing B-29 Superfortress.