A description of the Australian Model Aircraft Nationals Speed held at Albury/Wodonga on the NSW/Victorian state border, commencing December 2002.

2002 Nats photosThe pictures on this page show the speed events conducted over tarmac hard surface at Albury Airport.  Combined Speed was flown on Monday December 30th, followed by FAI F2A Speed on New Year's Day.

1.  Robin Hiern, happy winner and second placegetter in the piston engined combined speed competition.  In his hands is his Class 1 model powered by an RH-11, an engine of his own manufacture.

2.  This is Robin Hiern's combined speed temporary headquarters, complete with toolboxes and four models which include first and second placegetters.

3. Andy Kerr wearing earmuffs helps Dave Curry ready his plane for the combined speed event.

4. Here's Andy flying the same model, as captured by Jim Stivey's video camera.

5. Some of the numerous jet powered models lined up awaiting their turns to fly in the jet combined speed.

6. All the competitors in Jet Combined speed: John Taylor, Alisdair Taylor, David Axon, Peter Morandini and Bob Fry.

7. Hugh Simons with one of his FAI F2A speed models, a Ukranian built Profi plane with Profi engine.

Great things were expected of Hugh since he won the junior section of FAI F2A speed at the World Champs in 2002.  With the help of his dad Dave, Hugh has collected some fine equipment and professionally built models which he uses to good effect.

Combined Speed

Combined speed was run in overcast and humid conditions in a relaxed atmosphere.  Several classes of speed model compete together in this event, with results determined by the calculated percentage of the national record for its class that each model achieves.

Piston engined:
1st Robin Hiern, Class 5, 105.7%
2nd Robin Hiern, Class 1, 101.9%
3rd Noel Wake, Class 5, 100.3%

1st Robert Fry, Class F6, 348.8 kph
2nd Dave Axon, Class S7, 277.8 kph
3rd John Taylor, Class S7, 211.6 kph

FAI F2A Speed

Competitors found rapidly changing humidity on a cool Wednesday morning made it difficult to achieve their best speeds.  Richard Justic handled the conditions best and emerged the winner ahead of two other fancied entrants.  All three used Profi engines.

1st Richard Justic, 283.24 kph
2nd Hugh Simons, 283.02 kph
3rd Robin Hiern, 281.25 kph

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