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AMA Gold Leader Club

Las Vegas Soaring Club

If it can fly, you might just see it at our field!

Robert flew this heli at NATS and other championship tournaments throughout the world, but it was lost to the public later when it was bought by Robert Pickens (a member of the LVSC and aviation enthusiast) many years ago. It was recently found in his collection along with another of the GMP personal heli's owned by Robert Gorham. Barry acquired them both and set about restoring the Ranger to flying condition again, not knowing the history and importance of this heli.

Below is a picture taken with Align Team Pro Pilot Ben Storick at the Heli's Over Apache Pass event in Texas. Barry and Ben did an impromptu demo of scale and 3D flying for the Post 182 Scouts and family members from Elgin, TX who were camping across the road from the event.

Although the Jet Ranger has been refitted with Align 600E flybar mechanics instead of the original GMP Cobra nitro setup, the fuselage is original and the flybar retains the flying characteristics of the Cobra. When it was discovered there were no mechanics installed and it needed much repair. Some parts were missing entirely and Barry scoured the country looking for replacements, eventually finding a replacement top piece in Florida.