Curtis Wolfe (firstname.lastname@example.org), from Spring, Texas, submitted this photo of his Maxford USA 50-inch Stearman PT-17, taken at the Houston Sports Flyers (Shiveley Field). Curtis wrote:
“It was a perfect day for flying this past Veterans Day. It was a weekday and I happened to be off work. When I arrived at the field, I found I had the place to myself. I had taken a few warbirds out and had a small US flag in the car. I decided to put the flag in the ground by our runway in honor of our vets.
“Before I left, I took a few shots including this one of my Maxford Stearman PT-17. I’m flying it with a DX7s and AR6210 receiver, Emax BL2820/07 motor and 12 x 8 Pro Zinger prop, Sky Power 45-amp ESC, and Emax ES08MA servos on three cells. It’s a bit overpowered for this slow flyer, but flies very scalelike at about half throttle. If I were to build it again I would use a lesser motor. It has custom graphics done by Callie Graphics.”
Curtis said he started flying in August of 2011, shortly after his second daughter was born on August 3. “You’ll notice the number on the side of the Stearman is 83,” he said. “Building planes with my older daughter immediately brought back memories of sitting beside my father when he built Free Flight kits back in the ’70s.
“In the 21/2 years since, I’ve been totally hooked. I have acquired a hangar full of planes, all electric, from 30-inch wingspans to 70 inches. The Stearman PT-17 has always been one of my favorite planes, and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this one.
“I joined the AMA in August of 2012 and joined a local club, the Houston Sport Flyers, the same month. I’ve been flying there since.”
Curtis shot this photo with a Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9V HD 16.2-megapixel +camera on landscape settings.