Setting the stage for the March 7th, 2020 Stars and Aviators Mass Launch matchup were four Vanguard P-18 hopefuls. Hedy Lamarr, made and flown by HAFFA Member Roie Black, edged out Pappy Boyington, flown by Wallie Freeburg in the final second of the contest. Pappy’s respectable 2nd place came after winning both the January and February Mass Launches.
Hedy’s pit crew, Roie Black, spent the better part of the morning making final trim adjustments propelling her to success. Roie’s statement after the win was:
“It’s taken me 35 years to get to a point where I have truly won something!”
Hedi made her debut last month bringing the fleet total to nine Vanguard P-18’s that Heart of America Free Flight Association (HAFFA) Members utilize in a friendly Mass Launch contest. Open to spectators participation, the program has been a resoundingly popular feature of our monthly Indoor Flying Sessions since it’s inception last year. Details about the Stars and Aviator’s Program can be found HERE.
Hedy Lamarr, an Austrian-born actress Hollywood once dubbed “the most beautiful woman in the world”, was quite ahead of her time.
Below you will find links to YouTube videos that will showcase the fact that she was truly a mix of beauty and brains.
In 2015 Google celebrated Hedy’s 101st birthday with a Google Doodle: