New Addition: Pulsar biplane

When IMAC was in its formative, biplane phase, the Pulsar was one of the prevalent designs flown in competition.  In the hand of its co-designer, Norm Cassella (the other co-designer was Norm’s good friend Savo Mele) it couldn’t be beat.  Art Schroeder in Model Airplane News even went so far as to call the  Pulsar “the bipe that’s doing it all.”

The original Pulsar in Norm Cassella's work shop.
The original Pulsar in Norm Cassella’s work shop.  Photograph courtesy of Tom Cassella.
A collection of photographs of the Pulsar, Norm Cassella and all his trophies.  Photograph courtesy of Tom Cassella.

This winning bipe is now in the museum’s collection, donated by Tom Cassella in honor of his grandfather, Norman Cassella.  Thanks, Tom, for helping to grow the museum’s collection!
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  1. I flew with norm when we all flew from a field located in Moonachie nj. The club was called the Hackensack valley flyers it was started sometime in the 60s.
    Back in those days everyone had one it was common to see 6 or more flying on a weekend. Sal lived in Little Ferry I spent many a night over there, he was an incredible builder. I bought three planes 20 years ago and of course one was a brand new Pulsar ready to fly I am actually working on it as I write this. I hope to have all my planes airworthy by this spring. As you are probably aware there are not many clubs out there, but I found one last week called the Black Dirt squadron located in Goshen NY. I am so happy to read the Norms Pulsar is in the National Model Aviation Museum I can not think of a better choice

  2. An University of Texas student flew a Pulsar in @1980. It was a great flying airplane. The first model that I saw do knife edge loop. Always wanted one, found one at a swap meet a couple of weeks ago that someone started. Pretty rough but can be salvaged. Thanks, Mike Krizan

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