SEN 929 - 30 Jan 2005

SCAT Electronic News 30 January 2005 issue 929

Table of Contents

America's Cup Summary - Parker
Aircraft portrayal in "The Aviator" - Clemens

In sending out the last SEN we omitted the following write up about
the America's Cup Results. Applogies to Jim Parker, SCAT President and
America's Cup score keeper. It goes with the scores included in issue 928.

America's Cup Summary
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The 2004 AmCup season was not finalized until the 2005 season had begun
in Eloy Arizona last weekend. Unlike previous years, there were no 1st
place changes during the last two contests of the season. Please review
and check your scores. Contact me with any corrections ASAP.

The 2004 AmCup Banquet is just around the corner and I have trophies and
certificates to get. The banquet will be at the Wasco Valley Rose Country
Club as in the past. Saturday Night of the MaxMen, Feb. 19, 2005.
Sign-up is done on the MaxMen Entry form. See recent SEN, Issue 925,
Jan.12,2005. However, anyone with special diet needs must contact
me directly. The menu will be Tri-tip beef, green beans, salad and
mashed potato.

Aircraft portrayal in "The Aviator"
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"I still maintain there is a better way than the expensive cartooning they
did or how they did it."

Ed, it seems we are both wrong. If there was any "cartooning" in "The
Aviator" where portrayal of Hughes' various aircraft was concerned it was
minimal (with the exception of the "Hell's Angles" sequences). I received my
April issue of "Flight Journal" magazine a few days ago, and lo and behold
on page 18 there's a brief article about the MODELS used to emulate the H-1B
racer, XF-11 photo recon ship, and the Hercules flying boat.

The models were built by the Aero Telemetry company whose primary business
is building UAV's and satellite telemetry systems for the government and
defense contractors. These models are BIG. The racer spanned 18 ft. (half
scale) and could do 180 m.p.h. with its 50 h.p. engine. The XF-11 weighed in
at 650 lbs. and has a span of 24 ft. with two 275cc drone engines. As for
the Hercules model, it weighed 375 lbs. and spanned 26 ft. With 200
batteries required for its eight electric motors it could stay airborne for
15 minutes. They flew it off Long Beach Harbor, just like the big one.

So what we were seeing in the film were real aircraft flying, albeit large
models of the originals. How you could refer them as "cartoons" is beyond
me. They certainly looked more realistic than those used in "The Battle of
Britain." As for the racer's belly landing, I saw nothing wrong with it.
Hughes did indeed run out of fuel after his final speed pass and bellied in
on a nearby beet field- just like movie shows.

Bob Clemens

Roger Morrell