What in the Sam Hill is a Kanone?	  							   						   				By Dave Stott

I feel sure most of our FAC’ers are in the know on this, but a few may not be too clear on just what a “Kanone” is. Well, skysters, a Kanone is a who, rather than a what. In the first Big Fuss, 1914 to 1918, the term was coined on the other side of the lines and was used to describe the flyer we would call an “Ace” on our side. Kanone can be translated from German as “cannon.” A looser translation as used by the Kaiser’s airmen meant “big gun” or “big shot.” Rather like today’s term of “top gun.” On our side of the lines you became an ace on scoring your fifth confirmed victory. All except for the Brits. They did not exactly go for the individual heroics, as they thought it might cause their chaps to get a bit reckless. Eventually, they came around to the ace system, but demanded ten confirmed victories before recognition. In truth, most flyers felt quite satisfied to get a single victory over the enemy. In this they felt that should they be killed, it would not have been in vain. Their death being pre-avenged. A year after the inception of today’s FAC, the top brass at GHQ decided to publish a record of the accomplishments of its members and to use this listing as a means of creating rank and promotion in rank. And so, the Kanone List was born. The first list being published in issue #1 sent out in November 1967. At that time we had no idea the bookkeeping burden this would create for Commander Reichel in later years. (For many years, Ross P. Mayo shouldered that responsibility, but with his promotion to CinC, first Mike Welshans, and now George Bredehoft has shouldered the responsibility). The FAC made it easier for its flyers than the requirements laid down for full-scale sky battlers. Everyone starts out as a Lieutenant in the FAC. Not even “First Lt." or "Second Lt.” Simply "Lt." After achieving 5 victories the Kanone is promoted to the next higher rank. The promotions continue for each step of the 5 new victories. After 16 confirmed victories in contest flying you are awarded the coveted “BLUE MAX MEDAL.” Thus, we now have a few that sitteth at the right hand of Hung, Great God of Thermals. --Dave Stott
A MESSAGE FROM THE NEW KEEPER OF KANONES HI all, my name is George Bredehoft. I have been flying FAC off and on for over 25 years. As fellow Cloudbuster Mike Welshans stepped down from his FAC roles, I volunteered to take up the Keeper of Kanones duties and FAC CinC Ross Mayo accepted. As of 01 September 2014, all Contest Directors should send in the contest results to me. I am officially instituting a new reporting option. In addition to the traditional Kanone Report submission by mail, you may now utilize ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION. Be aware: Electronic Submission (via email) will need to contain all of the information that is on the paper Kanone Report. You may accomplish this in a variety of ways: a) You may photograph the pages you would have sent to me, however, these must be high resolution and legible; b) You may scan the pages you would have sent to me - these must also be legible; c) You can type the information (ALL information) into an email (or Word doc or Excel spreadsheet) and send it to me. Contest Director: it is YOUR responsibility to submit timely, accurate, and legible reports. View / download a .pdf copy of the Kanone Report Form Click here to submit Kanone Report via e-mail If submitting Offical Kanone Reports by mail, send to: George Bredehoft FAC Keeper of the Kanones 7686 B Drive South Battle Creek, MI 49014 KanoneReport@gmail.com
THE OFFICIAL FAC KANONE LIST The Kanone List is maintained on a regular basis, but is published annually. The next posted revision of the list will be in April of 2016. Click here to view / download the April 2015 Kanone List, sorted by Quantity of Kanones