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Manitwo Flyers

RC Aviation Club in Manitowoc County, WI

Benefits ~ Meetings ~ Officers ~ Location ~ Pictures


Monthly Meetings
Free Flying Instructions
Wide Open Air Field
Soft Grass Field
Monthly Newsletter
Great Fellow Members
Buddy Box Instruction
Help with Building
AMA Chartered Club
AMA Sponsored Insurance
AMA Membership Required
Summer Contests
Low Cost $10 Yearly Dues
Flying Field Dues $25 ($10 first year)


When: 3rd Tuesday of the month, 7:30pm
Where: Rudy's Lanes, Two Rivers, WI
(No Summer Meetings ~ June, July, August)

2000 Officers


Francis Duffy


Vince Hickel

Flight Instructors

Don Meneau
Vince Hickel

Flying Field Location

The Manitwo flying field is located near the southwest corner of the I-43 / Highway 10 intersection


Mike Matczynski's Tower Hobbies 40 (before crash)

Tower Hobbies 40

Rear View

Inside View

Tower Hobbies 0.46 ABC Ball-Bearing Engine

Crashes Do Occur

It was a sunny, peaceful day in July. It was approximately 9:30am in the morning on Saturday, and I planned to do a little flying. After full throttle was applied, the plane gained speed and appeared to take off well. However, shortly after liftoff, the plane began a roll to the left and never recovered. Initial speculation suggested the ailerons were reversed, although this was later proven inaccurate. Crashing upside down, the plane exploded into a cloud of debris with pieces landing up to 30 feet away. The vertical stabilizer was ripped off, the wings broke in two, and the front of the fuselage was crushed into shards of plywood and nails. Spectators looked in horror as the great tragedy unfolded across the field.

After the dust had settled, three other people and I ventured to the crash site to recover what we could. Pieces of wheels, fragments of wood, a fuel tank, and more were salvaged. All was piled into the back of my car, and I left the site, knowing that it was going to take much epoxy, duct-tape, and glue to make this airplane air-worthy again.


To be continued...

The upper left shows the remaining fuselage along with the foam-protected radio components, radio, and engine.

My elegant attempt to reassemble the wing by removing the fragments and using lots of epoxy.

Close-up of fuselage


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