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Flight Brings Back Memories

Howard Moore Round Rock, Texas Goldberg Jr. Falcon takes to the skies again

Willing to Share Knowledge

Blake Walston Perry, Georgia Hi modelers and potential modelers
I have been building models since 1948, no expert bit have lots of experience. Been teaching kids and young folks to build for over 30 years. I am willing to share what knowledge I have. Feel free to contact me at [email protected].

Here's a Good Story!

Lane Cobb Newbury, Vermont It has a sad beginning, but a happy ending!
The story concerns events on a recent Sunday morning but actually has ties back about three weeks ago to the maiden flight of my Mountain Models Little Bogie. We’ll come back to those ties shortly but first…

Jacksonville Propkickers Hold Fly-In

Roger Russell Jacksonville, Illinois More than 40 pilots help celebrate club's anniversary.

The Jacksonville PROPKICKERS of Jacksonville, Illinois held a Fly what you bring Fly In September 21, 2013. This Fly In also was to help Celebrate 40 years of the refounding of the Club which was first Charted in the 40's. Charter No. 1328.

I soloed a Navy Stearman in 1947

Neil Johnson Grosse Ile, Michigan On January 10, 1947 I soloed in a Navy Stearman. I decided to build a replica of the airplane so purchased a Ziroli plan from which the plane was built from scratch. Thought I would share this with you.

Toys For Tots in Florida

Brooklyn Joe Mannino Palm Beach, FL A Florida club spreads cheer.

17 Year Old Returns a Gee Bee To The Skies

Dennis McCarty Shelbyville IN A story that started 17 years ago in 1995 has now come to fruition.

Saving Freedom

Lewis Moore Euless TX I built and learned to fly RC in 1992 with my Goldberg Freedom 20. After gaining flight experience and moving on to bigger planes the Freedom 20 spent many years in the attic hangar.

Goldberg's Mirage 500

Jim Matko Forest Lake MN Here are a couple of photos of an aircraft I built called the Goldberg Mirage 550.

A Lost Treasure…In My Own Basement

Rick Mitchell Baltimore MD The last time that I was active in radio control modeling was from 2005 through 2008, after having first flown R/C as far back as 1958. Most of my flying during that last three year period was with a Tower Kaos, but my last ten rides at the very end were with a Goldberg Skylark 56 ARF that I built in addition to my Kaos.

Rescue Pup

John Yager Roscoe IL A friend of mine received a phone call last summer. A fellow flier from another town had passed away with no one to continue his hobby. Family members were going to throw it all away in a dumpster, so my friend, Dick Prevencher, made a mad, 40-mile dash in his van and collected everything.

Pilot Air

Jay Strickland White City, Oregon It all started when I was about 12 years old, my RC career that is.

Grandson and Grandfather Flying Team

Chuck Winchester Machesney Park IL I am an AMA and IMAA member. Below is a photo of me when I was 10 years old holding my fubar 36 free flight with a spitfire .045 - really my first successful plane after I found out what the little CG symbol meant.

Why To Quickly Retrieve A Crashed Plane

Jeff Jones Burlington KY
One should never assume a downed plane is not to be recovered quickly. I witnessed this crash and watched how there was no concern to recover the wreckage until the peanut gallery yelled fire. This crash was caused by flying with a low battery and the fire started due to an electrical short in the owners wiring job incurred by the crash.

Panama Flying Site Help

George Thomsen Panama Central America I am moving to the country of Panama to a town near Panama City Panama. Looking for any information on RC clubs or groups that maybe in the area. Altos del Maria or Coranado or west Panama City.

Soloing At Age Four

Patrick Willis North Western United States These are pictures of my son, 5-year-old Oliver, who lives in the north west. Oliver was voted "King of the Huckfest" this past August. Oliver was flying his Mini-Funtana X. He first soloed an R/C plane at the age of 4. He is now doing aerobatics and working on his 3D flying. He begs to go to the flying field every weekend and shows no signs of slowing down.

Pictures Tell The Story

Joseph Carlo Ocala FL Hello. I am sending my story drawn as picture book. I have had fun with planes originally starting with 10 cents and 25 cents rubber band planes. One day around age 6 or 8 my dad came home with a big box. On the box was a picture of a 6 foot Condor plane! he set up a big table in the second garage and we started to cut out all the parts.

Snakes on a Model Plane

Bob Richardson Central Arkansas This happened a few years ago when I went to the Central Arkansas Model Aviators Association (CAMAA) flying field to socialize, get some flying in, and watch the other guys fly. Nobody was there, so I said to myself, it would be a good time to mow the grass and not interfere with anyone's flying. So I mount the riding mower, cranked her up, and headed out to the green pasture.

30 Year Old Graupner Still Flying

by Roger Mullins Keystone Heights FL Here is old Graupner kit form 30 plus years ago, given to me by the owner. The graupner is missing the tail feathers and some other minor parts. I converted the aircraft to electric power and added slotted flaps. The graupner's span is 62 inches and the aircraft weights nearly 7 lbs ready to fly.

Wings For Wishes

by Eric Kendall Polson MT Last February, my family was impacted by a dear friend's child, Dylan, who has a liver condition known as BA. He was selected by the Make-A-Wish foundation to have a wish granted.


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