Just as we were getting underway at the FAC Outdoor Champs on Thursday morning, fellow Cloudbuster Ted Allebone, came around to a couple of us and informed us of the news that we were all dreading to hear – our good, good friend, Jack Moses had passed away – “Smilin’ Jack”, as he signed his letters. (continued below picture)
Jack Moses was the epitome of the Flying Aces Club Modeler: he loved the hobby and I believe he loved everyone he met through the hobby. I don’t ever recall seeing him in less than a good mood and he almost always had a new plane to fly. I am pretty sure he built every Dimer that Mike Nassise published in his newsletter.
Jack was a regular fixture at our Cloudbusters contests. He would show up and fly all those new planes. In his later years, he wouldn’t be flying for competition, just for fun. He would throw up a model if we needed a third, but he was just out there because he loved flying models. (continued below picture)
Jack was a fixture for the Flying Aces Club, too. At this year’s FAC Nats, in July, he was one of a literal handful of attendees that had attended EVERY FAC Nats, since the very first one – and this one was the 20th Nationals contest. The FAC holds their Nats every two years. So for 40 years, Jack had been making the trek, bringing his models, flying, and sharing time with hundreds of other people. Jack was elected to the FAC Hall of Fame in 2004. He earned a total of 78 kanones and won twice last year. (continued below picture)
At the 2012 Nats Banquet, the FAC presented Jack with the FAC Nats flag – it flies over every Nats. Jack’s late wife, Dorothy, had made the flag and as she had just passed away, the FAC felt it appropriate to retire the old flag and give it back to Jack. It was a touching moment that brought a tear to many an eye. (continued below picture)
One of my thoughts on Thursday morning, the first day of the Cloudbusters-sponsored 2016 FAC Outdoor Champs, was that it was somehow appropriate that Jack had passed on a day of the Cloudbusters/FAC contest. The day was beautiful; in fact, all of the days of our four days of flying were beautiful. It felt almost as if Smilin’ Jack was smilin’ down on all of us. Just maybe he was there in spirit, since he couldn’t be with us in body. While I was sad that we will no longer be flying with him, I celebrated flying and celebrated having known him. His spirit was and is the Flying Aces Club Spirit.
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