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Post  dankar04 on Thu Mar 22, 2012 12:58 am

Sad to say but Dale has passed away. He worked for Cox during its hay-day. A very fine gentleman to say the least.
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Post  RknRusty on Thu Mar 22, 2012 1:57 am

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Post  nitroairplane on Thu Mar 22, 2012 2:37 am

Ah not another one passing.
But hey gotta happen sooner or later I suppose.
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Post  jsesere on Thu Mar 22, 2012 3:53 am

One of the greats no doubt. RIP.
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Post  PV Pilot on Thu Mar 22, 2012 7:05 am

Sad to read.

Found his calling early in life and had fun to the end it would seem. Touring around the countryside in a 55 chevy, flying control line and having a blast. The endless summer.
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Post  dankar04 on Sun Mar 25, 2012 10:05 am

I was at Dale's Home a few times. Most of his stuff was stored but got to see some of it. Alot of modeling history there for sure. Seen his scale B-25 and his monoline Stunter. His Dauhter won 1980 Nats in 1/2A proto speed. I got the plans from him in person. Plane is called Spulett. It uses the Cox speed pan. Dale was a very pleasant man to talk with. Seen him several times at speed contests in So. Cal. I use to see him all the time at collectos while I lived in So. Cal. We have lost a great modeler and down to earth person. Farewell Dale and thank you.
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Post  Mudhen on Sun Mar 25, 2012 6:58 pm

I already miss Dale.
I met him in 1991 while researching for my book and kept in touch with him ever since. I used to refer to him as my "hobby shop of knowledge." His garage was a blast. He used to let me rummage through it at will. It was an elegant mess, but he knew where everything was. I also remember many of the models he built for the Stanzel Model Aircraft Museum. What a talent! The last time I spoke to him it was clear his memory was fading. He had difficulty with simple questions, but was as cordial as always. I think I’ll always remember the way he said “garsh,” with a classic Kansas drawl. Death is a cruel common bond.
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Post  Admin on Sun Mar 25, 2012 7:43 pm

Yeah, this is very unfortunate news. Another great guy that has moved on... He sure won't be forgotten!

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Post  nitroairplane on Sun Mar 25, 2012 7:47 pm

Seems everyone who knew him has a good thig today about him.
And it seems so many knew him.
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Post  Six Gun Galahad on Wed Mar 28, 2012 10:22 am

Dale (my father-in-law) help me build a website several years ago explaining numerous projects he has worked on over the years. His children were all involved in his modeling and flying to some degree. He had a love of for aircraft from an early age and was a big influence in the CL flying industry. He will be missed.

http://familyofflyers.ias3.com/index.htm
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Post  WingingIt74 on Wed Mar 28, 2012 11:06 am

SGG, I'm sorry for your loss. What a wonderful website you put together...
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Post  RknRusty on Wed Mar 28, 2012 11:11 am

Six Gun Galahad wrote:Dale (my father-in-law) help me build a website several years ago explaining numerous projects he has worked on over the years. His children were all involved in his modeling and flying to some degree. He had a love of for aircraft from an early age and was a big influence in the CL flying industry. He will be missed.

http://familyofflyers.ias3.com/index.htm
I got as far as Teresa's "Daughter's Note" and started whipping a tear while reading about her Dad and the family. I'll get back to it later. Thanks for joining up with us, I hope you will be a regular visitor.
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Post  WingingIt74 on Wed Mar 28, 2012 11:14 am

Wow, I learned about something new today... Mono-Line flying Smile
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Post  Admin on Wed Mar 28, 2012 5:07 pm

Six Gun Galahad wrote:Dale (my father-in-law) help me build a website several years ago explaining numerous projects he has worked on over the years. His children were all involved in his modeling and flying to some degree. He had a love of for aircraft from an early age and was a big influence in the CL flying industry. He will be missed.

http://familyofflyers.ias3.com/index.htm

I am very sorry for your loss, my condolences to you and your family. That is a very nice website. He may be gone but the mark he left on this world will live on.

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Dale Kirn and Kirn Kraft stuff, mono-line training and Dale's kids, my friends...

Post  stuntflyr on Sat Mar 31, 2012 11:04 pm

Dale was one of my heroic mentors. Like my biggest hero, my dad, he was a long time modeler from childhood and had great knowledge and patience. Dale was very calm and nice to young kids, he had a general liking of them I'm sure. I competed in 1/2A Proto Profile and Proto with Mary Kirn in the 60's and early 70's and though I stuck to two-line, Dale had a Cox PT-19 converted to mono-line that he would tote around. I first flew mono-line, with Mary and about ten other kids, at a Chicago Nationals I think, with Dale grinning and prompting us with technique.
Dale sold 11-year-old me a few neat-o things from his mail order Kirn Kraft accessories and kits, like orange resin props for my left handed Tee Dee, fine thread needle valves and large venturi's for pressure fuel systems. I flew a few contests at Mile Square, Los Alamitos, Whittier Narrows and Sepulveda Basin where Dale would help with practical matters such as prop shapes, sanding them as thin as possible and shortening them to less than 5 inches when my Tee Dee's wouldn't make the power. How to wind wire to make a good bladder tank, and other Speed stuff.
I still have a price sheet.

Jimmy Wade and Mary and later Joe Kirn had the hottest ships in 70's So Cal 1/2A back then. But I felt a part of the group even if I never broke into the 80's much to the presence of kind and patient Dale Kirn.

My condolences to the Kirn family for the loss of your dad, he was a great guy and we will all miss him too.

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Post  Mark Boesen on Sat Mar 31, 2012 11:33 pm

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Post  dankar04 on Sun Apr 01, 2012 11:09 am

Chris,
Very nice post. Dale was a fine person and most helpful.
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Post  schiada96 on Tue Dec 02, 2014 6:59 pm

stuntflyr wrote:Dale was one of my heroic mentors. Like my biggest hero, my dad, he was a long time modeler from childhood and had great knowledge and patience. Dale was very calm and nice to young kids, he had a general liking of them I'm sure. I competed in 1/2A Proto Profile and Proto with Mary Kirn in the 60's and early 70's and though I stuck to two-line, Dale had a Cox PT-19 converted to mono-line that he would tote around. I first flew mono-line, with Mary and about ten other kids, at a Chicago Nationals I think, with Dale grinning and prompting us with technique.
Dale sold 11-year-old me a few neat-o things from his mail order Kirn Kraft accessories and kits, like orange resin props for my left handed Tee Dee, fine thread needle valves and large venturi's for pressure fuel systems. I flew a few contests at Mile Square, Los Alamitos, Whittier Narrows and Sepulveda Basin where Dale would help with practical matters such as prop shapes, sanding them as thin as possible and shortening them to less than 5 inches when my Tee Dee's wouldn't make the power. How to wind wire to make a good bladder tank, and other Speed stuff.
I still have a price sheet.

Jimmy Wade and Mary and later Joe Kirn had the hottest ships in 70's So Cal 1/2A back then. But I felt a part of the group even if I never broke into the 80's much to the presence of kind and patient Dale Kirn.

My condolences to the Kirn family for the loss of your dad, he was a great guy and we will all miss him too.

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I remember when I was young my dad and I had mouse racers in the early 70's. We often raced at Red Barron hobbies in Oxnard Ca. I got a bad case of the flu one week and my dad brought me home a KK left handed tee dee I have it now sitting in front of me. With a orange resin prop.
We won just about everything with that engine. You would have thought we had a top fuel engine by the looks of the outher racers when it ran.
Pretty cool to have a piece of history for that era of Cox.

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Post  dckrsn on Tue Dec 02, 2014 7:52 pm

Touching story to say the least Jeff.
Thanks for sharing it with us.
Time to start that old TeeDee again?
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Post  RknRusty on Tue Dec 02, 2014 9:46 pm

Hi Jeff. Welcome to CEF, this was a great place to jump in.
Hope you'll stick around, and glad you found us.
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Post  Mark Boesen on Wed Dec 03, 2014 12:22 am

Kern LH prop, I got from my buddy Chris McMillin:

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Post  getback on Wed Dec 03, 2014 8:00 am

Sorry to hear this / But he seem to have had a great life and gave a lot to our hobby . Thank You Dale Kern
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my Kirn Kraft Tee Dee

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Post  Gitguy on Sat Apr 28, 2018 11:11 am

Wow. I just found out about Dale. I lived around the corner for him for years although I Known Kirn Kraft products Why be bore meeting Dale. He was amazing. He volunteered to rebuild all of my engines. He’d hand them back and smile. I haven’t run my TD 15 since. Its been in a show case. A great man. A great loss.
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