My interest in flying wings was initially
spurred by a magazine article by Dave Jones (MAN May 1977). Mr. Jones built a
large assortment of sailplane-like wings and documented their flying
characteristics, learning a little from each. It was a scientific
approach to model design that resonated with me as a young designer. This is
the kind of article and dedication to design that you rarely see any more.
My first plank-style model was simply called "The Wing." The photo and drawing show my follow-up
design, The WingA, which was one of my all-time favorite models. Not only did it fly great,
the little Cox Medallion .049 with a throttle sleeve ran flawlessly and
idled forever without missing a beat. The Medallion series weren't as popular as the TeeDee engines,
but it sure brought that skinny kid with the full head of hair a lot of joy.