Generations of Flight showcases you, the model aircraft enthusiast, and your love for the hobby. To celebrate model aviation, we are asking everyone to share their favorite flying experiences. Maybe it’s a photo and story of your first flight, your most recent visit to an airfield, or a memory that inspired you – we want to hear from you!
Three Generations of Enthusiasts!
In October 2016 my son, Chris, won the US Scale Masters Championship (Expert) held in Davis, CA. The winning airplane was an EDF powered Jet Hangar Hobbies’ Mirage III RS, call sign “Black 10.” Chris modified his airplane to replicate one of two Swiss reconnaissance version Mirages which were built to commemorate retirement of the Mirage III RS from service in the Swiss Air Force.
It was my honor to serve as my son’s pit crew and caller over the weekend, to renew old friendships with modelers who have known and supported us over the past 40+ years, and to share the camaraderie of a friendly competition among fellow model aviators who share a love of scale. The Mirage III was Jet Hangar Hobbies’ first .45cc powered ducted fan jet kit release (1977) and only the 2nd .45 size ducted fan jet kit available in the hobby industry at that time. Suffice it to say that the Mirage, which I flew as a KFIR in the 2nd US Scale Masters Championship in 1981 and at the 1st Jet Rally in the world in Abington, UK the same year, has endured the test of time as a majestic, rugged, and solid flyer both in competition and for sport flying.
Two points of trivia from the US Scale Masters Championships: 1) The Mirage was the first electric powered jet to win the US Scale Masters Championship; 2) The top 3 places in the 2016 (expert class) championships were father/son teams!
Photo (L-R): Christopher (age 9), Larry, Chris
SHARE YOUR STORY
Tell us, in your own words, what model aviation means to you! Share your story in 300 words (or less) and upload a picture to go with it.
By submitting your story and photo, you will be entered for a chance to be our featured flier.
The Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA), founded in 1936, serves as the nation’s collective voice for approximately 200,000 modelers in 2,400 clubs in the United States and Puerto Rico. Headquartered in Muncie, Indiana, AMA is a membership organization representing those who fly model aircraft for recreation and educational purposes. For more information, visit www.modelaircraft.org
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