Awards

Joe Nall Week celebrates pilots and how aviators become friends united by a common language. Many individuals leave an indelible mark on their fellow pilots and are immortalized with awards in their honor during Joe Nall Week.

The Joe Nall Award

The Joe Nall Award is an annual award given during Joe Nall Week, commemorating the enduring legacy of Joseph T. Nall, who dedicated himself to the “Big Bird Fly-In” and the growth of Joe Nall Week until his passing in 1983.

The award celebrates individuals embodying Joe’s spirit during Joe Nall Week, recognizing those who emulate his generosity, warmth, and inclusive nature. Recipients exemplify Joe’s spirit, fostering friendships and contributing selflessly to Triple Tree Aerodrome and the broader hobbyist community. This honor is a tribute to Joe’s profound impact, perpetuating his ethos of hospitality and servant leadership service within the model aviation community.

  • 1992 Ken Goff
  • 1993 OW Maness
  • 1994 Neal Kilby
  • 1995 RB Kincaid
  • 1996 Curtis Mees
  • 1997 Kirby McKinney
  • 1998 Chaz Frye
  • 1999 Scotty Breeden
  • 2000 David Eller
  • 2001 John Estlow
  • 2002 Ginger Foster
  • 2003 Jim Cline
  • 2004 Howard Keller
  • 2005 Bob Godfrey
  • 2006 Jeff Holsinger
  • 2007 Jesky Family
  • 2008 Andy Kane
  • 2009 Peter Goldsmith
  • 2010 WC Fisher
  • 2011 Tim Barnett
  • 2012 Mike Gregory
  • 2013 Gene Strozier
  • 2014 Bob Schorno
  • 2015 Mark Davidson
  • 2016 Mark Weiss
  • 2017 Bob Shaw
  • 2018 Flight Plan
  • Amended WX
  • 2019 Jack Spring
  • 2020 COVID Ground Stop I
  • 2021 COVID Ground Stop II
  • 2022 Eddie & Scott Capps
  • 2023 Eric Myers

The Bob Smith Award

The “Bob Smith” award is a rotating trophy/award that is awarded on the last Friday of the Joe Nall Week event. This is given to the pilot of an RC model that flies on the main flight line during the event.


The pilot flies his or her model in a scale-like flight presentation and demonstrates scale take-off and landing, as well as scale flight maneuvers and or aerobatics.
o The model is presented in a scale color scheme, and presented in a way that follows very closely the flight characteristic of its full-size counterpart.

The winner of this award is chosen by previous winners that are present at the event.

1989GARY “TYKE” HALELAZER 200
1990JOHN WHITESPACE WALKER
1991WARREN THOMASWEEKS SOLUTION
1992DICK KONKLEMONOCOUPE 90A
1993MILES REEDWEEKS SOLUTION
1994PAUL HISSEYCESSNA 206
1995FRANK NOLLONE DESIGN
1995GERALD NEELWEEKS SOLUTION
1996JOE GRABLECESSNA 336
1997TEAM FIBERCLASSICSPOESL/HERKOMMER
1997MIKE CLEMMENSEXTRA 300S
1998DOUG IMESA6M-5 ZERO
2000RB KINCAID1939 WACO SRE
2001ARNOLD MARCUSP-38 LIGHTNING
2002BOBBY POSTONCESSNA 152
2003TRENT WILHELMSKYRAIDER
2004BUDDY HALEEDGE 540
2005JOHN BRADLEYWACO YMF-5
2006AUBREY NABERSWACO YMF-5
2007MATT CHAPMANSUPER CUB
2008JOE WESTRICHSOPWITH PUP
2009MIKE HAPSASF7F TIGERCAT
2010CARL BACHHUBERB-366, C-119C
2011CURTIS SWITZERCURTIS B-2 CONDOR
2012BOB KOMROL4 GRASSHOPPER FLOAT PLANE
2013RICK CRAWLEYJUNGMEISTER
2014JOHN WELCOMEP-51 MUSTANG
2015DAVID PAYNECURTIS JN-4 JENNY
2016TONY GRECO, SR.
ANTHONY GRECO, JR.
HA-420 HONDAJET
JESSE COFFEROV-10 BRONCO
FLIGHT PLAN AMENDED WX
PATRICK J. MCLAUGHLIN1/3 SCALE JU-87 STUKA
COVID GROUND STOP I
COVID GROUND STOP II
CURCK GRATNER 
MATT BALAZA 

The Scott Capps Award

The Scott Capps Award is named in honor of long-time Triple Tree Volunteer Scott Capps. This award is to recognize outstanding individuals who exemplify Scott’s attitude of helping people at Triple Tree, always with a smile, willing to go the extra mile for people camping and pilots during Joe Nall Week, and who volunteer during the event to make it a success.

  • 2022  Jack Spring
  • 2023  Mike Mitchell

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