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!

My Lakota

Model aviation was my window into full scale aviation. Now I’m a private pilot, but I always believed a career in airplane mechanics was my calling. I believe aircraft mechanics have a closer relation to model aviation because we have to build our own planes or assemble our models. I learned everything I know about fiberglass and paint prep from my models as a kid. It helped me breeze to aviation maintenance school and get my A&P and has led to a 25 year very successful career so far. In the photo is me with one of the last remaining Marines to storm Iwo Jima in WWII. I am the site manager/A&P that manages 5 Lakota’s for the Navy at the United States Naval Test Pilot School. Model aviation has allowed me to meet some of the most interesting people and this is but just one example.

– Eugene

YOUR STORIES

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.

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ABOUT AMA

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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