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Convair Demonstration At 1951 AMA Championship at Naval Air Station, Dallas TX

Modelers, Jordy and Ed from Natchitoches, LA were students at Northwestern State College and attended the July 23-29, 1951 AMA National Model Airplane Championship at US Naval Station Dallas TX (Grand Prairie). During the AMA event, Convair demonstrated an RC-controlled hull-test model that caught the attention of the two college students. Ed’s photo shows Jordy (with sunglasses) examining the rear of the fuselage. Five years later both were employed at Convair, Fort Worth Division after finishing college and serving military obligations. Jordy and Ed were close friends who shared aviation interests by co-owning a Piper J-3, and continuing to build and fly models while working and raising families. Jordy passed away a few years ago and Ed retired as a Senior Executive at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission still designing, building and flying model aircraft.




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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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