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Georges Benedek, an obituary [SAMTalk]

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Mike , thanks for letting us know about the passing away of Georges Benedek. Here is the text of the obituary notice written by Andras Rees, CIAM delegate and President of the Hungarian Model Association on the extraordinary personality of Georges Benedek. A much expanded coverage on the life and work of this gifted engineer and modeller will be found in next issue of Free Flight Quarterly.


Dear Friends,

I have the very sad obligation to inform you that a great name in aeromodelling, *Dr. György (Georges) BENEDEK* passed on April 19 in the 83rd year of his fruitful life. He started his activity at the end of the thirties in outdoor and indoor free flight, performed several airfoil tests and designed his world wide famous and used "B" airfoil series. Some of these airfoils are still used. He was successful competitor as well, mainly in free flight, but later he was active also in control line. He was one time world champion in F1B team, made several dozens of international and national records, won dozens of national championships in several classes. One of his international record (No.103, open glider, height of 2364 m) is still valid since 1948. He founded in 1957 and led through about 5 years the workshop that has made the successful MOKI engines (it is still producing big size engines). Then through about 25 years he was officially forbidden to take part in our sport and hobby because of political reasons. In 1987, when the later political changes were already in the air he was rehabilitated and become active again on the field of CO2 gas engine development and establishing the F1K class. He was holder of the FAI-CIAM Antonov Diploma for his technical innovations. Recently he has produced new engines, made engine tests and preparations for the coming contest season, still able to run after his CO2 models - of course somehow slower than before. He was not an easy personality as one can often learn with great names. He will be missing forever from the fields, but we all will remember for him and many of us will use the fruits of his aeromodelling and engineering activity for a long time.

With sad regards

Dr. Andras Ree
Hungarian Association of Modellers

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