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!

A Big Smile with A Great Plane

My dad got my siblings and I interested in CL planes and model rockets growing up. We always had a blast flying CL planes – even my mom would fly at times. We moved around a lot when I was a kid so most of the planes were CL .049 profile planes. The rest of my siblings didn’t get the “flying bug.” I always wanted to get into RC, but didn’t have the money to get started. After joining the military in 1987, I started buying RC planes. I crashed 8 planes in 6 months. After the crashes, I put the planes away and drove RC cars for a year. I transferred to South Carolina and found out there was an RC flyer across the street from me and a flying field on the other side of the base. I pulled out my planes again and off I went. It’s been a fun time building and flying. I am always willing to help out others that want to get interested in the hobby. I even teach them using my plane, so if they crash, they don’t lose the pride and joy that they built. One of my trainer planes that I called Patches (every crash had a different color covering patch) lived to be almost 12 years old before it wasn’t repairable any more. The places I have flown RC planes are: Guam, South Carolina, Italy, New Mexico, Nevada, Texas, North Carolina, and Maine. Thank you, dad, for getting me into a great hobby.

– Daryl



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.

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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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