The White Falcon


The White Falcon - 29.01.1971, Blaðsíða 1

The White Falcon - 29.01.1971, Blaðsíða 1
New CONUS toll call facility opens on February 1 A stateside toll calling fa- cility will open on February 1, and the facility will be avail- able to all personnel assigned to the area. The service will be located in bldg. 839, with the following hours of operation:8 p.m. through 10 p.m. on weekdays; and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on weekends and holi- days. The rate for a station to sta- tion call will normally be $12 for the first three minutes and $4 for each additional minute to anyplace in the continental U.S. Charges for the call will be computed at the time of the call, and the caller will then have 15 days to pay his bill at the Amer- ican Express Bank. The facility may be used as often as desired. For further information call the telephone officer at Ext. 4143. THE WHITE FALCON Vol. XIV, No. 7 U.S. Naval Station, Keflavik, Iceland Jan. 29, 1971 The crash that wasn't heard ''round the world... Maiden flight of White Falcon' ends in disaster # It was a happy day, last Fri- day when the White Falcon receiv- ec a call concerning Chief Robert N. Hayden, a model airplane en- thusiast from VP-56. He had built a white model plane and called it the "White Falcon." What was happier still, our pho- tographer was invited to see the maiden flight of the "Ringmaster" aircraft... What can you say when someone christens his model plane after your paper? The photographer donned his camera and went to shoot the white bird, and found on arrival thata dozen peo- ple had come to witness the maid- en event. Chief Hayden prepared the Ringmaster (mod- ified and stunt flying) and posi- tioned it for the planned five minute flight in which it would soar 50 feet into the noon sky. Fire one .35 hp Fox gasoline- powered recipro- cating engine, the 42 inch wing- span trembles, and voila, the White Falcon is in the air with Chief Hayden at the control. The plane buzzed aboutin small circles while the photographer tried to catch the moving target inhis camera sites. Click! Focus again. Click, click. But misfortune stuck its nose into a perfectly sucessful hap- pening. The WhiteFalcon sputter- ed at an altitude of 50 feet and plummeted to the snow covered ground in a steep power dive from which it never recovered. The snow was not nearly enough cushion to avoid contact with the hard surface below, and the White Fal- con crumpled into a rather un- orthodox design — an aerodynam- ic disaster. As happenstance would have it, the photographer ran out of film about the time the plane started to make its fatal dive, and no picture of the crash is to be had. Documentation of the incident is lost forever, but the White Falcon will rise again — and has. The epilogue ADJC Robert N. Hayden built a model plane called the White Falcon and with an assistant, AN Steven M. Trager, put the ill-fated Ringmaster into the air last Friday. The plane crashed shortly after take-off. of the White Falcon crash is as follows: It has been exactly seven days since the mangled plane lay on the rocks. It is again the modi- fied "Ringmas- ter" it was, but now the words Mason-Dixie line spread over its body. There is no proposed date for the flying of the rebuilt plane, but hope- fully its voyage will happen with- out the unexpect- ed complications that intervened at high noon last Friday.


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