June 25, 2022 at 2:00 am #182245
Figured a little teaser would be good thing. Many models on the tables with judging starting at 1000 Saturday. We pretty much have the usual cast of characters attending. A little surprised no locals have entered but there is still tomorrow morning. An anomaly this year is that the most models are entered in large prop and jet which is a first. Stats, photos, and results to be posted in the next day or so. GREAT ORD ramp tours as well as American and United maintenance tours. The welcome party was a Chicago Dogs minor league baseball game which was just like home with time spent watching the game as well as photoing airliners. Flying Southwest into O’Hare was a bit of an adventure as one can imagine the airline isn’t quite a powerhouse at ORD. Stay tuned for more updates.
Edit your Profile to get a forum signature.June 27, 2022 at 6:39 am #182276Jeff JarvisPosts: 608
I just got home a couple of hours ago (ORD-BWI-SDF) via Southwest, and the show was a blast! It was the most fun I have had in years with over 500 people attending and a great Chicago Dogs vs Milwaukee Milkmen baseball game. The game had plenty of action, but if you got bored there were the ORD departures climbing out on both sides of the ballpark. My room was in the O’Hare Hilton (overflow hotel) with an airside view from the 9th floor. Everything flowed smoothly and the model contest had some spectacular models entered. I told Ken I could never be a judge and decide who loses because they were all winners to me. There was a Nitto 1/100 DC-8-62 kit converted to a DC-8-50 with scratchbuilt engine pods and pylons and flaps at 25 degrees taking off with gear retracting. He even had slots opened on the wing leading edges. Then there was a Revell 1/115 Lockheed Electra with corrections to all of the engine/propeller faults in American Airlines colors, and also quite spectacular. I’m sure Ken will be uploading photos soon.
I have never seen so many vendors before. I bought shirts, a few books, timetables and a few kits, but also won a couple of shirts for coming second in the “Name the airplane/Airport” trivia contest at the banquet. Talk about dumb luck! I was quite surprised at that result, and the person sitting next to me came in first and got a nice 747 book. We also had at our table the only person who got none correct and won the booby prize! I think everyone had a good time in Chicago, and the organizing committee did a great job to put on a really great event. AFAIK, there were no foul ups and everything went quite smoothly.
I plan on attending next year at DFW.
God's "Curse" to aviation!June 27, 2022 at 7:08 pm #182285AhmedPosts: 2,037Location: Sunny CaliforniaOccupation: Software Engineer
Glad to hear it was an amazing event and you had so much fun! Looking forward to seeing the pics.
KSFOJune 28, 2022 at 10:32 pm #182295NinjaFlightPosts: 250
Thanks for the update, I’d love to go one year. Had a family get together that weekend or I might have tried. Looking forward to some pics!
Edit your Profile to get a forum signature.June 29, 2022 at 5:33 am #182297Jeff JarvisPosts: 608
A little more about the AI 2022… I was a little surprised at not seeing more folks from here on the cafe attending, but then I don’t always go myself, so touche to me! Not everyone has the time or the wherewithal to get to Chicago and pay over $1,000.00 for room and board plus airfare, so I understand why many did not attend. Next year it will be at DFW and I will go again, God willing. I have been urged by several people to put on a slide show presentation of different places I have gone during my career and the stories associated with some of them, so I have promised I would try to assemble something of about an hour in length. I just hope it isn’t boring!
I saw lots of old friends and watched many presentations, all of which were interesting and well planned and executed. At the baseball game there was a Kiwi who now is living in Labrador, Canada, and we had an interesting conversation with me trying to explain the rules of baseball and talk about the airliners going by. Tom Livesey put on three different presentations, one of which was directed somewhat at youngsters who might be thinking of an airline career, and one of them was about Jon Proctor’s slide collection as pertains to ORD and MDW. The other one was his own personal collection of slides, which is vast and very interesting. Many of the old friends as well as new ones are retired or still working airline pilots, and the stories are interesting and endless. The topper for stories was our speaker at the Saturday night banquet, Howie Franklin. He was the Head Purser on Air Force One starting with Gerald Ford and continuing through seven Presidents to Barack Obama. His presentation was both interesting and funny. He liked them all, but I had a feeling that Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan were kind of special to him, but he was A-political since he was active duty USAF. I think we all enjoyed having him as our speaker at the banquet.
I would have liked to talk more with Ken Miller at the model contest, but I kept stopping to talk with vendors and other attendees and by the time I had another chance, the contest had been judged and was over and all models were gone! I never did learn which ones won the categories and best of show, but that converted Nitto DC-8-50 had to have done very well. It even had the rivet rows delineated on the extended flaps! So many of you have some incredible talents and patience. There is no way I could decide what wins and what doesn’t, they were all so good.
I did not take any of the tours, but I saw photos of them and now wish I had gone on the United and the American maintenance tours. They were allowed into and around several aircraft such as the 787 Dreamliner. Next year at DFW I will! The photography tour was out by an active runway and they were right by the hold short line, so a 50-55MM lens would have worked nicely. I’m not sure I could have allowed my skin to get three hours of direct sun though.
On my Southwest ORD-BWI trip coming home I had a deadheading Southwest pilot heading home by the window, a Marine in the middle and me in the aisle seat. The pilot asked if I had ever been to any remote out of the way places, and I mentioned Ascension Island in the South Atlantic. From there to NAS Norfolk, Virginia was 12 1/2 hours (DC-8-62CF, N1807) completely over water until final approach in Norfolk, and I also went to Guyana to a little cattle town on the Brazilian border in the Rupununi District (DC-6A), and he said “Oh, you went to Lethem!” I was surprised he knew of it and he said that his sister had lived there for two years as a Red Cross representative running a clinic and he had visited her there for a month. What a SMALL world it is! From Timehri Airport to Lethem was about an hour and ten minutes and we hauled (leaking) 55 gallon drums of Diesel fuel and (leaded) gasoline there and then hauled freshly slaughtered sides of beef back to Georgetown, laid down right on the gasoline wet floor. I never ordered steak in Georgetown after seeing that!
I’m looking forward to Ken posting the contest photos and winners just as all of you are, so I’ll sign off….
God's "Curse" to aviation!June 29, 2022 at 11:07 am #182298
I’m still travelling so patience please for the contest results and photos. Within the week. It’s been a very fun week plus. I enjoyed he tours and meeting/talking with old and new friends. Like Jeff mentioned it was a BUSY few days.
Edit your Profile to get a forum signature.July 6, 2022 at 7:50 pm #182519
Drum roll please….
Yikes……looks like I left some models out of the results. Definitely a work in progress 🙂
Results and photos from the contest/show. Haven’t had time to label the individual photos just yet but you get the idea. I’ll add and label photos of all of the models in a few more days.
Special shout out to Andrew Stiffler and Tom Kalina for bringing MANY models. Counting Andrew’s collection of individual models he brought the most. The last entrant always gets recognized and this year it was Rick Neyland who entered on Friday afternoon. No one had to burn the midnight oil the night before.
2022 Airliners International Model Contest Results
Large Prop Split
- United 247D Tom Kalina
- Chicago and Southern L10 Electra Andrew Stiffler
- Chicago and Southern DC3 Andrew Stiffler
Large Jet Split
- Continental DC9-14 Rick Neyland
- National DC10 Andrew Stiffler
- Air Algiere 727-200 Andrew Stiffler
- US Airways Philadelphia Eagles A319 Steve Villasenior
- Surinam Airways DC8-50 Bob Venditti
- American Airlines 707-120 Tom Kalina
- PSA 727-200 Ken Miller
- American Airlines L188 Electra Tom Kalina
- United Express Embraer 110 Mark Hooper
- Alitalia DC8 Tom Kalina
- United Express B1900 Andrew Stiffler
- Japan Airlines DC8-50 Tom Kalina
Flights of Fancy
- United Mach 5 Airliner Ken Miller
- Trans American (Airplane Movie) 707 Andrew Stiffler
- Chicago Municipal Airport Tom Kalina
- American Eagle Collection Andrew Stiffler
Tom’s Chicago Municipal Airport also won Judges Best of Show, Best Illinois Model, and Most Popular Model awards.
As always a huge thank you to everyone who built and entered models. Hope to see everyone and more at DFW next year.
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Edit your Profile to get a forum signature.July 7, 2022 at 4:34 am #182525Frank VPosts: 92
What an amazing collection of models. Congratulations to the winners.
Frank van der Voet
Calgary, AB, CanadaJuly 7, 2022 at 3:30 pm #182530MarkD.Posts: 9
Amazing Builds. Thanks for sharing 👍✈️⭐️
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