David Gierke is an acknowledged internal combustion engine authority, having written three well-received non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles on the subject. A retired high school teacher and dedicated pioneer aviation historian, Gierke has received extensive recognition for his work, including the 1978 New York State Teacher of the Year award and a citation from the Buffalo, New York chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Dave was inducted into the national Model Aviation Hall of Fame in 2003. He and his wife, Carolyn, divide their time between Lancaster, New York and Sarasota, Florida.

Also By C. David Gierke

  • “Langley’s Steam-Powered Flying Machines”, Aviation History, July 1998, Volume 8, Number 6, pp. 50-56+

  • 2-Stroke Glow Engines, Volume 1

  • 2-Stroke Glow Engines (Beyond the Basics), Volume 2

  • Airplane Engine Guide

  • Nitro Engine Guide

  • R/C Pilot’s Handbook (Chapter 11, “Maximizing Engine Performance”)

  • Ultimate RC Flight Guide (Chapter 6 “Getting the Most From Your Engine”)

Like many young people of my generation, I started building rubber-band-powered model airplanes early – I was seven. A few years later I obtained my first engine – a used “sparker” converted to “glow” – and learned to fly Control Line.