Previous Page




Rich Minnick's 10 foot (3x scale) 1938 Rocketeer

Page 3 of 3

 by Andrew Tickle



Return to site index page





Rich moved from his spacious winery, and had to sell the Rocketeer.

An aviation  partnership was born. Apart from raising huge funds for the undisclosed price of the bird, the partnership was also vital to keep the bird flying. Only Chip had the vehicle big enough to transport it, and only Andrew had the space to hangar it. Besides it takes two people to carry it anyway.

Chip and Andrew (now co-owners) at the Canvas Falcon meet. With Greg Huffman, they flew a three bird formation with the Rocketeer, Greg's big Dallaire and an RC-1.                       Greg Huffman photo


Greg Huffman with his Dallaire big bird.                Andrew Tickle photo

Chip and Andrew took the Rocketeer to the Liberty Flyers site to get familiar with it before Canvas Falcon Day. The Rocketeer (all 15 lbs of it) turned out to be a great thermal flyer. And so easy to see at great heights....  Doug Greene, the owner of the flying field, spotted it from his house, and drove over in great excitement to see it up close.

Photo at right shows (L to R) Chip, Greg and Andrew flying Big Rocketeer, Big Dallaire and an RC-1 on Canvas Falcon Day.

Naomi takes the big bird back home.                Andrew Tickle photo


Unfortunately the BIG Rocketeer has been crashed twice but only fixed once.  It is now waiting for it's fuselage to be rebuilt.  We may someday see it in the air again.

Return to TOFFF archive index page:                                     Previous page: