New Addition: CL Speed Models

Jim Wade devoted two years to breaking the 100 mph barrier in 1/2A Proto Speed. He finally succeed, flying at 101.48 mph with the Eagle I on December 1, 1974.  It was the first time the 100 mph had been broken in any 1/2A Proto Speed age division and he set a national record.  Seven years later, flying the Eagle III, Jim set a world record in F2A with a speed of 178.72 km/hr.  Both models are now in the museum’s collection.

Eagle I, a CL model with wooden wing and tail and left hand blade prop.
Jim Wade’s Eagle I, a CL 1/2A Proto Speed model, weighing in at 4.7 ounces.
Eagle III, a CL model with metal-skinned wing, wooden tail, tuned pipe and a left-hand prop.
Jim Wade’s Eagle III, a CL F2A model weighing in at 6 ounces.

Thanks, Jim, for helping to grow the museum’s collection!

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2 comments

  1. Please correct the following erroneous & incorrect statements please:

    This statement is WRONG: Seven years later, flying the Eagle III, Jim set a world record in F2A with a speed of 178.72 km/hr. Both models are now in the museum’s collection.

    It should read: Seven years later, flying the Eagle III, Jim set a national record in 1/2A Open speed with a speed of 111.02 MPH.

    Also the lower photo’s caption should be CORRECTED to read: Jim Wade’s Eagle III, a CL 1/2A speed model weighing in at 6 ounces.

    REASON: There are no world records for AMA Class Speed models (except for the International .15 engine size F2A class, which this is not) Also all AMA records are set in imperial MPH, not in KPH (except the International .15 engine size F2A class which this is not).

    Thank you, Paul Gibeault NASS member #27

    1. Hello Paul – I ran this past our Museum staff and this is the information they provided. Mr. Gibeault, thank you for your message and for seeking clarification. From our records pertaining to the donation, Mr. Wade’s Eagle III is indicated to be an F2A Speed model. We have two certificates of record for the Eagle III in our files. One is a world record certificate from the Federation Aeronautique Internationale. It is confirming a world record established on September 5, 1981 for:
      “…Le record suivant du monde par categorie: Vitesse [Speed]: 178.72 km/h.
      Merced, Californie
      Classe F-2-a no. 27”

      The second is a national record certificate from the NAA, stating:
      “National Aeronautic Association
      Representing in the United States of America
      The Federation Aeronautique Internationale
      awards this
      Certificate of Record
      To
      James Wade
      Class F Air Model
      F2A Control Line Circular Flight
      Piston Motor Airplane
      No. 27 – Speed
      Merced, California
      September 5, 1981
      178.72 Km/h (111.05 Mp/h)”

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