Regardless of particular necessities as a result of pandemic the Arizona Model Aviators twelfth Wings Over Arizona occasion was a hit. The occasion is at all times a fan favourite due the enormous dimension mannequin necessities from any period of plane using any type of energy. The is a 3 day occasion attracts pilots from surrounding states and the climate was close to good this yr. Whereas we had particular screening and masks necessities this yr it didn’t detour the speculator turn-out which totaled 325 on Saturday together with 48 pilots. The plane current ranged from ww1 although mannequin day jets and featured a 50% Clipped Wing Piper Cub. The native Fox TV station did a stay Saturday morning broadcast serving to to spice up the weekend attendance and the distributors actually got here although with prizes for all pilots and several other giant raffle objects. We had a superb turnout for the Saturday morning Daybreak Patrol serving to to maintain the occasion protected! Additionally a number of full scale plane flew over because the native Arizona CAF ferried passengers of their WW II plane.
Based on AMA board member and CD for occasion Tim Dickey, the membership has 225 members and roughly 5 main occasions per yr with Wings Over Arizona being the final earlier than going into hibernation for the summer season. The sphere is situated in Mesa, AZ east of Phoenix and includes a 800’ paved runway, lined pit areas and surrounding mountains because the backdrop. Planning for subsequent yr’s occasions are effectively underway together with the Arizona Electrical Pageant, Superstition Sample Traditional, Gunsmoke Scale Grasp Qualifier, Arizona Jet Rally and Wings Over Arizona. Moreover the Membership is in discussions about internet hosting the 2022 US Scale Masters Championships.
Spencer Kleinhan’s F-16 sliced the air all weekend taking residence the Peoples’ Alternative and Better of Present awards.
Congratulations to Brian Younger and his conflict confirmed A6M Zero. This mannequin was awarded the Greatest Army and the Pilots’ Alternative awards.
Congrats to Brad Osborne and his very detailed Stearman mannequin for receiving the Greatest Multi-Wing award.
Congratulations to Arthur Gambino and his attractive Piper J4 mannequin. Effectively deserving of the ‘Greatest Civilian” award.
Main thanks to all of the sponsors who helped to make Wings Over Arizona 2021 a hit!