July 16, 2020: RC Pylon
By Gary Freeman
Wednesday we finished up two rounds of qualifying. There were a lot of changes in the top 24 with many tight races. Mike Condon chose the two wild cards as the racers who finished 23 and 24.
The finals, as always, are some very intense heats of racing. Gino DelPonte was one of the favorites to win, but unfortunately, nosed over slightly in the first round, and then in round two, he kissed Pylon 2.
July 15, 2020: CL Navy Carrier
By Melvin Schuette
COVID-19 has had an adverse effect on the 2020 Nats. Control Line Navy Carrier is a prime example. While the number of contestants is down across the board and Navy Carrier may be one of the smaller categories, the number of people who chose to stay home could be easily noticed. More than fifty percent of our regular contestants decided to stay home due to the virus. In fact, the numbers of event entries were so small; a category that normally takes three days to run was done in one day.
July 15, 2020: CL Precision Aerobatics (Stunt)
By Matt Neumann
Tuesday in CL Precision Aerobatics, there are no official events. But that does not mean there is no action going on. Tuesday is the day that Old-Time Stunt (OTS), Classic, and Nostalgia 30 are flown on the grass circles.
July 15, 2020: CL Speed
July 15, 2020: CL Racing
By Tim Stone
Racing Tuesday was two of the fastest current events, Slow Rat and AMA Goodyear (Scale Race). Unfortunately, some of the normal entrants to both events are staying home this year for a number of reasons.
July 15, 2020: RC Pylon
By Gary Freeman
I would like to start off Tuesday's coverage saying thank you to Dennis Cranfill, his parents, and Mark Parker for an amazing evening fish fry. One of the best ever.
Today we started 426. This is a Q500 class of racer where everyone runs the same engine, which is a Sport Jett .40. These engines are all very close in performance and very easy to run.
Husband and wife team of Bruce and Joanne Coffey made the long trip from California and are looking fast. It is really great watching them work together—they make a great team.
July 15, 2020: CL Combat
By Phil Cartier
Tuesday’s event had a good turnout of 18, including more than the usual suspects. It fit right in with the pleasant weather and not too much wind. The weather did get pretty unsettled by quitting time around 6 p.m.
While most of the planes and engines were F2D equipment, there were some different designs. Phil Cartier flew a Gotcha 550 with a Magnun 36 and a ten-inch propeller. It flew just fine, but a very violent collision to the motor took it out before it could show its stuff.