Our interest in powered model airplanes spans three generations.
My father started as a young man, long before radio control was available, and flew free flight
and control line models. If you recognize and can name any of these old models, please send me a note
and I'll put it in the caption. Here, Dad poses with a free flight Lackey Zenith somewhere
near Philadelphia, PA (circa 1950).
My father introduced me to powered model airplanes when I was very young, also before RC had made much headway. That's me (circa 1964 in Sellersville, PA) with one of the first control line planes I flew (a Ringmaster Jr. Flash built by my dad). Notice the lack of a muffler. In those days we didn't even know what mufflers were! (Geez, is that pajama tops I'm wearing?)
This year, after a 15+ year hiatus from the hobby, I decided to introduce my son to the world of model airplanes. That's him (going incognito in Ocala, FL in 2002) with our .40-size Hobbico Superstar ARF (Almost Ready to Fly). When I left the hobby over 15 years ago, ARF's hadn't really caught on. I felt guilty and a traitor to my hobby buying a pre-built plane, but time is a rare commodity and he wasn't getting any younger. I wanted to jump right in. I guess I'm not alone. ARF's are now found throughout all ranges of the hobby, from beginner to master. Other recent developments are RC buddy-boxes and computer simulators. I learned RC via crash and re-build. My son learned via simulators and dad (that's me) on the buddy-box panic switch. It's amazing how quickly he learned to fly this plane, and how well.
Model Airplane Links
Read my article on micro-turbojet engines on RC Universe.com.
About George Miller, the designer of the 1/9th scale A-10 I built.
Gallery of great jets from the 9th Annual Florida International Jet Rally (2002)
Gallery of great planes from the 2002 Ocala Flying Model Club "Salute to Veterans"
(Last 3 pictures are a formation of full-size aircraft that made several passes at this event)
Directory of links to many radio controlled model sites.
Product reviews, discussion forums, classified ads, etc.
Academy of Model Aeronautics
My RC Club
View my page on DIY Drones
Click HERE for a brief history of model airplanes.
Click HERE for a brief overview of how to build model airplanes.
Comments, questions, etc., send me a note.