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This section contains a collection of photos that will give you a good idea of what we do and how much fun we have doing it.

Gliders

Puget Sound Silent Flyers began over 23 years ago as primarily a glider club - before the advent of what would become viable and highly popular electric powered, wheeled aircraft. 
 
While the technology has improved greatly in both areas, we still maintain a very strong glider focus - gliders that are launched with a powerful winch, or towed up into the sky by large electric powered RC airplanes, or pulled up by their own electric motors. 
 
While most of our members fly wheeled aircraft, there  remains a hard core of active, energetic, and highly skilled  glider pilots. Here are some of them and their gliders. 
 
 

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Discus launch
gliders

Discus Launched gliders (DLGs) are just what their name implies - gliders that are launched by hand in the way that one would throw a discus.
 
A strong rod of carbon fiber material is embedded in one wingtip. The pilot grabs the airplane by this rod and flings the glider high into the sky. Up to 100 feet if you are really good. 
 
The pilot then seeks thermals and, when one is found, it is ridden for as long as possible. A high degree of skill is needed to make and fly such machines. 
 
PSSF has many members who compete in this sport and we hold several contests and DLG clinics at our field every year. The first annual contest, the "OLY" was held here August 24, 2013.

To see our schedule of DLG contests and clinics click here

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Scale models

Scale models are models that replicate full scale aircraft. Nearly everyone is intruigued by scale models because they look and fly like "real" airpanes.
 
But there is a lot more to it than that. To be competitive, a scale model must be a near exact replica of a specific airplane -  an individual airplane that exists now or once existed. The builder must provide accurate and detailed photographic and other evidence to prove it. 
 
Not only do the models replicate full scale aircraft, they must also be flown in competition in such manner that the judges "cannot tell if it is a real airplane or model".
 
PSSF has several members who compete at this level. Here they are. 
 

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  1. Paul Fleming's Curtiss Hawk ARF
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    Paul Fleming's Curtiss Hawk ARF
  2. Gary Ritchie's Tiger Moth
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    Gary Ritchie's Tiger Moth
  3. Gary Ritchie's Tiger Moth
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    Gary Ritchie's Tiger Moth
  4. Ken Stuhr's Corsair
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    Ken Stuhr's Corsair
  5. Bob Benjamin's Bf-109
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    Bob Benjamin's Bf-109
  6. Bob Benjamin's Bf-109
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    Bob Benjamin's Bf-109
  7. Bob Benjamin's Bf-109
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    Bob Benjamin's Bf-109
  8. Bob Benjamin's Bf-109
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    Bob Benjamin's Bf-109
  9. Bob Benjamin's Dornier Do 217
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    Bob Benjamin's Dornier Do 217
  10. Bob Benjamin's Dornier Do 217
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    Bob Benjamin's Dornier Do 217
  11. Bob Benjamin's Dornier Do 217
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    Bob Benjamin's Dornier Do 217
  12. Bob Benjamin's Hawker Hurricane
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    Bob Benjamin's Hawker Hurricane
  13. Randy Smithhisler's Super Cub
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    Randy Smithhisler's Super Cub
  14. Gary Ritchie's Il-1M3 Sturmovik
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    Gary Ritchie's Il-1M3 Sturmovik
  15. Gary Ritchie's Nieuport 28
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    Gary Ritchie's Nieuport 28
  16. Gary Ritchie's Tiger Moth
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    Gary Ritchie's Tiger Moth
  17. Gary Ritchie's SE5a
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    Gary Ritchie's SE5a
  18. Gary Ritchie's Mosquito night fighter
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    Gary Ritchie's Mosquito night fighter
  19. Gary Ritchie's P-40E Kittihawk
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    Gary Ritchie's P-40E Kittihawk
  20. Paul FLeming's Curtiss Hawk ARF
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    Paul FLeming's Curtiss Hawk ARF
  21. Paul Fleming's Nieuport 28
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    Paul Fleming's Nieuport 28
  22. Paul Fleming's Swordfish
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    Paul Fleming's Swordfish
  23. Paul Fleming's Swordfish
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    Paul Fleming's Swordfish
  24. Paul Fleming's Curtiss Hawk
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    Paul Fleming's Curtiss Hawk
  25. Randy Smithhisler's Super Cub
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    Randy Smithhisler's Super Cub
  26. Randy Smithhisler's Fokker Eindecker
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    Randy Smithhisler's Fokker Eindecker
  27. Randy Smithhisler's Cub Coupe
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    Randy Smithhisler's Cub Coupe
  28. Randy Smithhisler's J-3 Cub
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    Randy Smithhisler's J-3 Cub
  29. Randy Smithhisler's Fokker Eindecker
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    Randy Smithhisler's Fokker Eindecker
  30. Gary Ritchie's SPAD 13
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    Gary Ritchie's SPAD 13
  31. Gary Ritchie's Spitfire Mk 5b
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    Gary Ritchie's Spitfire Mk 5b
  32. Ken Stuhr's Junkers J-1000
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    Ken Stuhr's Junkers J-1000
  33. Ken Stuhr's Henschel 123
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    Ken Stuhr's Henschel 123
  34. Ken Stuhr's Westland Welkin
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    Ken Stuhr's Westland Welkin
  35. Ken Stuhr's FW 190
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    Ken Stuhr's FW 190
  36. Randy Smithhislers's Super Cub
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    Randy Smithhislers's Super Cub
  37. Pete Thomas's Albatross
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    Pete Thomas's Albatross
  38. Ken Stuhr's Armstrong Whitworth FK 10
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    Ken Stuhr's Armstrong Whitworth FK 10
  39. Ken Stuhr's Farman Jabiru
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    Ken Stuhr's Farman Jabiru
  40. Bob Benjamin's Stinson Reliant
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    Bob Benjamin's Stinson Reliant
  41. Gary Ritchie's Il-2M3 Sturmovik
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    Gary Ritchie's Il-2M3 Sturmovik
  42. Gary Ritchie's Il-2M3 Sturmovik on approach
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    Gary Ritchie's Il-2M3 Sturmovik on approach
  43. Paul FLeming's Nieuport 28
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    Paul FLeming's Nieuport 28
  44. Ken Stuhr's Fw190 on approach
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    Ken Stuhr's Fw190 on approach
  45. Ken Stuhr's Voisin Hydroaeroplane
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    Ken Stuhr's Voisin Hydroaeroplane

To see the RC model Sturmovik fly click here

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To see the full scale Sturmovik fly click here

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                                  To learn how to scale out a model click here

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Sport, aerobatic and 3D planes

While many of our members tend to specialize in gliders or scale, just about everyone flies sport and aerobatic planes.
 
These range in size from less than 12 inches to over 7 feet in wingspan. Some look like scale planes but, upon close examination, reveal that they're not true to scale. Many are designed to fly best as a model.
 
3D aerobatic planes have very powerfoul motors and huge control surfaces. They are capable of flying outrageous maneuvers like hovering and torque rolling.
 
Recently it has become possible to purchase sport planes already built. These ARF (Almost Ready to fly) models have become extremely popular. But many of our members still love to build models from kits or plans.
 
No matter whether they are ARFs or self-built, sport planes are enjoyed by everone. 

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Float planes

Many RC models can be adapted to fly off water by fitting them with suitable floats and waterproofing the electronics. Here are some examples.
 
Numerous small glacial lakes dot our area and in summer many float flys are scheduled.
 
Flying off water rather than land is great fun but don't forget to have a "rescue boat" close at hand. 

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Helicopters and
multirotor aircraft

Have patience -we're still working on this section 

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