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Show "N" Tell August 4, 2010


























        Terry Lamm brought the fuse for his 1/3 scale Fokker Tri-Plane.  It weights 45 Lb. and has a DA 100 engine.  He still has some more work to do on the wings for it.

      Here is President Larry Puls, Tom Crean, our guest speaker, and Dean Dingman shown before the meeting.

       Here are Lynn and Larry Puls.  Larry is the Club President.  this most everybody except for the photographer Keith Paskewitz.

       Tom Crean "Author"

       After consulting with Cobras R/C Club president Larry Puls, I have extended an invitation to author Tom Crean

of Omaha to do a short presentation on his new book detailing the life of one of the most famous fighter pilots

of the German Air Service during the Great War, ace Werner Voss.
       On Wednesday, August 4th, Tom Crean will bring a 30 minute presentation on his book and its subject to the monthly meeting of the Cobras R/C Club, following the show-and-tell displays.  There will be a brief question-and-answer session afterwards.

       Tom will also be a vendor at the 4th annual Western Front Dawn Patrol on September 18-19, 2010 where he will be offering signed editions of his new book.

       The story of Werner Voss certainly deserves to be told.  In less than a year, he scored 48 aerial victories.  A gifted pilot, Voss was on his way to matching (and perhaps even surpassing) the score of "The Red Baron", Manfred von Richthofen.  (In fact, Voss' skill was so highly respected that when the first two Fokker Triplane prototypes were sent to the front for testing, one went to von Richthofen and the other went to Voss.) 
       But on September 23, 1917 his luck ran out when he tangled with flights from the elite British unit, 56 Squadron.  Even though the British fliers included aces James McCudden (VC, MC with Bar, DSO with Bar), Arthur Rhys Davids (MC with Bar, DSO), and Geoffrey "Beery" Bowman (MC with Bar, DSO with Bar), Voss single-handedly fought off the entire British formation for ten minutes, putting several British planes out of

action and putting holes in all of them during what is considered one of the epic air battles of the Great War.  After a heroic struggle, he was finally brought down by Arthur Rhys Davids.  Voss was just 20 years old at  his death.

       "I shall never forget my admiration for that German pilot, who single handed, fought seven of us for ten

minutes . . .  His flying was wonderful, his courage magnificent and in my opinion he is the bravest German airman whom it has been my privilege to see fight."  James McCudden


       Until recently, much of Voss' brief life has been shrouded in mystery.  Perhaps this is because he has been overshadowed by the "Red Baron" mythology, and because his score was later surpassed by other German aces like Ernst Udet.  Hoping to correct this, Tom Crean has written what may well be the definitive book on the life of Verner Voss and his squadron mates.  With "Lieutenant der Reserve Werner Voss and the Pilots of Jasta 10", Crean attempts to fill in the blanks surrounding the career of Voss and the men he commanded.
       Anyone with an interest in WW1 aviation is encouraged to attend Mr. Crean's presentation.  We hope to see

 you there!
       Very Best Regards,
       Dean Dingman, Event Director
       Western Front Dawn Patrol 2010

  Photography by Keith Paskewitz             Tom Crean Article by Dean Dingman



The Cobras R/C Club is made up of a friendly and helpful group of people.  We have a large grass field that is well maintained and is large enough to take off and land either North/South or East/West.  Not only that but there is nothing to run into when you are flying.  Itís all level open ground.  We have a map to the field so that you will be able to find your way.  The Cobras Field is on the west side of I-29 South of the Bellevue exit.  All but the last couple of miles or so are hard surface roads.  We also have posted on the Field the emergency number to give to the 911 operator so that the emergency unit can quickly find the Field.  That number is 54802. It could be very important if someone had a heart attack or other serious problem.  Be sure to come out to the Field and enjoy the food, flying and camaraderie. If you would like to show everyone your newest creation, that took so much work to build, then bring it to the Cobras Meeting for show and tell. The meetings are the first Wednesday of the month.  In January we combine the meeting with dinner at the Holliday Party.  If you wish to join the Cobras download an application form.

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