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 first contest-winning plane

I began flying 1/2A free flight and control line in the 1950s. Later, I grew into bigger control line rat racing and combat. I had an interest in ham radio and it was a natural progression into RC aircraft; of course, it was all single channel then. Model building gave me the working knowledge to read mechanical drawings and the radio experience helped me in my pursuit of engineering after serving as an electrician on board the aircraft carrier USS Lake Champlain in the early 1960s. I think those early years of experimenting with model plane design (some worked), building radios (some worked) and making rockets (some blew up) gave me the background to try new things in my engineering jobs. Now I am amazed at the technology in the RC and electric planes we have today.




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

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