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Old 06-22-2004, 07:36 PM   #1
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As many of you know, jet modeling has frequent highs and lows and demands the best of us. Many of us have had to ask for help or guidance in our persuit of the ultimate flight.

A few have had that special gift of not only being successful in the sport but willing to share all they know to others. This week two very special friends of mine were lost to cancer- Ivan Munninghoff and Rich Fong. Two gentleman I have got to know well over the years. From ducted fans to turbines Ivan and Rich loved everything about jet modeling. They will be missed. Rest my friends and keep a channel open for us at the "field"

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Old 06-22-2004, 09:20 PM   #2
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Oh no !!... I heard of Ivan's passing, but Rich!!
I remember him many times from Whitbey...and talked to him at the banquet last year. He was a fantastic modeler and will be missed by all who knew him.......

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Old 06-22-2004, 09:44 PM   #3
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Hi Dean,

I never actually met either of these gentlemen face to face but having conversed over the 'net, I felt a bond with both. They will be missed.

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Old 06-22-2004, 10:26 PM   #4
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This is scary

Both of these guys were rather young.
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Old 06-24-2004, 09:25 PM   #5
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Being a long time Flying Models subscriber, I read a lot of Ivan's columns and knew who he was and what he did in the hobby. But I am not familiar with Rich - but from what I read regarding his passing on RCU, he was a very well known and very talented jet modeler.

Can you tell us a bit more about him? I hope that is not out of line for me to ask..
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Rich Fong was one of the first people that I saw fly a turbine...an USHER F-106...the detail on it was above amazing, and he could fly it! He would drive all the way from California to a little town in Washington State called Coupeville to attend a jet fly-in at Whitbey Island - by any standards a modest size event with unpredictable weather - being right on the coast..But he was there regularly. He spent hours explaining the features of his planes to anyone who asked.

His latest creation was a BVM F-100 that was stunning...there are not enough superlatives to describe it. He flew it well, and often. I noticed the last couple of years that he kept out of the sun as much as possible - always wearing long sleeve shirts, and long pants even on the hottest days...as well as his signature hat. I heard that he had some illness, but it did not seem to stop him from flying ...as mentioned above, I spoke to him briefly at the banquet last year...

here is a pic of him and his F-100 at the '02 event (obviously cooler and cloudy then)


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Old 06-24-2004, 11:38 PM   #7
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I had the pleasure of flying with Rich at the last year's Whidbey meet. I had my Stingray up on its 5th flight and I was still working pout a few kinks. It was tough to stay out of the way of his F-100...

I spoke to him at Whidbey a few times, and at Superman 2001. Really nice guy, and man could he ever build a jet just right...

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Too much sorrow! I also bought the Flying Models mainly to read Ivan's columns- he had a nice writing style - He will be missed

Rich Fong, Oh no, I had met he a couple of Whidbey Jet events ago and ended up sitting next to him at the Saturday dinner. It was hard for him to talk much as his throat dried out, but he tried. Also met him again at Superman 03 and we spend a few hours chatting, mainly about the planes. He and Dan had driven all the way from California with their F100's- quite a trip. At the last Whidbey meet someone wanted to know more details on his F100 covering and I kept running back and forth with snippets, as he couldn't talk for long and didn't want to come to the spectator line and tire himself out. A very nice, but quiet, guy, I will miss him this year.

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