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!

 

Adopted Grandpa

I grew up with a love for anything that flies. I also grew up without either of my grandfathers. When I joined the Azalea City Model Aeronautics (ACMA) Club in 2006, I was introduced to one of our more senior members, Henry. Henry has been a scale modeler from the very beginning, and I was immediately drawn to him and his aircraft. The more I got to know him, the closer we got. He is a US Army Air Force Veteran from WWII, flying as a Crew Chief on B-26’s in North Africa and Italy. I was a B-52H and B-2A Crew Chief in the USAF. I’ve always helped Henry prepare and pack his model aircraft, and we’ve driven to area fly-ins together. We got to be so close that some people thought we were related, and he would even tell people that I was his grandson. He has become my adopted grandpa, and I’m very proud to call him that. The friendships we make in this hobby/sport are what really make it great.

– TJ

YOUR STORIES

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  • 1940s
  • 1950s
  • 1960s
  • 1970s
  • 1980s
  • 1990s
  • 2000s
  • 2010s
  • Veterans
  • Youth

3 generations

Great times racing with my son

RC Flying with the Blue Angels

Dad’s Skylark

Dan (Dante) Deluca with Mini-Pathfinder

A big smile with a Great Planes RV4

Me & Model Rocketry

Haoye Foamie F/A-18

After

Flying For a Dream

Fubar II

Grandfathers Hobby Fuels a Lifelong Passion…

Largest RC Helicopter in the World!

Haoye Foamie F/A-18

10 Foot Cessna 310

Me at 2 years old

12 foot B-25

an unbelieveable story – but true

Uncle Dan’s 1939 Plane

First Powered Flight

A few airplanes

Jerry-A Great Modeling Friend & Expert Builder

Model Aviation To Soaring

My first big C/L stunter, My own design P-51 Stiletto Reno Racer

The first Hot Sock

Modelers Flew at Mach 2

Modified Bergfalke Sailplane with Home Made 2-1/4 x 3-1/4 Plate Camera (1964)

2 Channel Ace Pacer

Father Son Hobby

Flying in the family

Dick & Marcus

Through the Years

A satisfactorily completion in later life

Indiantown Gap Fun Fly, 1970

RC Special Generations of Flight

Generations of Flight

Cessna 152 Chainsaw Engine Powered

Tommy Jr 45 Years Ago

A birthday reward for 60+ years of love for aviation and modeling

Golden Oldies

One thing leads to another

Soldier Canyon, Arizona

Cubbing

Family Influence on Flight

My Lakota

Bod Busters in 2010

Deaf Pilot

My Oracle BiPlane

A Passion Across Generations

CL.049 Dumas Lit’l Tom Tom and .049 Stick Wing 3rd line throttle.

How I was named after a Model Flying Airplane in 1973

Dad, Jeff, and me

I had a couple of photos..to send but the earliest from 1970… “Kraft on 53, 1970

Magnificent Obsession

My dad and I

Convair demonstration at 1951 AMA Championship at Naval Air Station, Dallas TX

Passing down the tradition

Largest RC helicopter in the world, unmanned K-Max

Making memories at FliteFest

How Model Aviation Changed My Life “A Tale of Two Cities”

Girls RC Too! Girl Power

1956 RamRod 250 2d place, Yankee Championships

Drake Edwards Bud Nosen P-51

Hughes MD 500 E

First Model with AMA 1995

From an RCM-60 to a 737!

Dad’s first flight with me

The Start of My Fleet

PBY 5A Catalina from plans

Grandfather and model aviation paving my life long passion and career path…

My Story

Pilot’s License from Carl Goldberg models…

Mad River Flyers of Thailand

4 Generations of RC Pilots

Pilot training

Mom’s T-Shirt Quilt

Generations of Flight-My Experience

Generations

Dr. TJ Glenn and son 1963 RC flying

My first real control line

Bill Elliot’s TBM at Airventure 2015

OFFC Members

1st US RC Flight School training

Dad’s first RC

Model Memories

My first pylon race

Through the years

Proud club member

My Cessna 150

The Sky’s the Limit

Bright Future

The love of flight

Flying Together

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON

First Racing Drone

My Story

Growing the hobby

one day…

My Photos

Supermarine Spitfire MK1

Mikoyan MiG-3

H8 Global Defender Fighter

Three Generations of Model Airplane Pilots

In Mongolia🇲🇳

Four FAI world records (1962)

Making memories

Me with one of my early Top Flite Noblers

The Mintz Air Force

Future Pilot

Origin of a passion

Control line flying in Maine

A Lifetime of Flying

BIGGER FLIES BETTER

First RC Aircraft

Generations

Flying

Lazy Bee and Me

2010 Balsabust in Action

Joe Nall Night Flight

Me and My Texan

my first big control line

Spacewalker fun

Dad’s Miss America 1936

1st Flight NC

Epic Crash

Joy

Noll’s and Son

Novi Arrow Advanced Pattern Ship x 3

Passing it on!

B-26C Martin Marauder over the years

Passing it along to Grandson

From a Midwest “Esquire” single channel to the F-111F

Dennis Piwowarski and Jim Kostecky’s Patriot

R.A. Bob Hoover’s P-51

Our Gang

Flying the lake at Triple Tree

Early years

Just have fun

Our January Winner!

First Solo Flight

Well-worn CG Sr. Falcon

The 300 Club!

Passing my passion to my grandkids

George W Brown Jr (AMA Hall of Famer) with MaryLou Brown

Son of Savage at SPEED!

Many joyful days

The Good Old Days

My first Gasser

My first squadron

Elwin and Ultimate

TULIP TRESTLE , TULIP INDIANA, BIRDS EYE VIEW !

First R/C Aircraft to fly off the Shuttle Runway at Kennedy Space Center

Original SIG Kadet Jr. Circa 1983

1956 Weagell Field Sacramento California

Lt. Albert Carl Foulk, Ellington Field, Tx., Circa 1920

The reason I got Started in this Hobby

U-Control Flying

My First U-Control Planes – 1959

I hate it when that happens

Me With Dad’s Models in 1958

Model Building In Libya

The McKee Generation

At the beginning

My first R/C airplane

Early Years

Reliant Lover’s SR-7

My love for Aviation

My Instructor

Three Generations of R/C Flyers – A Beginning and an End

A Goldberg Gathering

Tower Hobbies CrazE Wing

Float flying at Joe Nall

Bell 13 & Autogyro

Fall Fly

End of a Fun Day of Indoor Flying at The Soccer Arena

Quad lugs

Three generations at the field

RC Flying inspired me to become a real pilot

My plane

HiPro by Harley

Bicycle Bob

Youth

Lake Overflow Drain

Scracthed built from Convair 440 factory plans

My Daughter and I at the float fly

Memphis Prop Busters Control Line 1970

Aviation Career

My Spacewalker

Me and Harrier

PlaneKrazy

My first RC plane in 1975

11.5 foot wingspan electric powered model of the british Halifax bomber.

Generations of model enthusiasts

my F-100

C.C. and his Extra 300L

1st US RC Flight School

Model Aviation Dreams

Vario Bell 230

“Meandarin Orange”

Best buddies

First flight at Sunrise

Thought I’d seen it all Until I saw my first RC Airplane

Topflite Corsair .60 Scale Gold Edition

Launching my Grand Espirit in1975

Typical Day at the Airfield

Waiting My Turn to Fly – Mint Julep Pattern Contest, Rough River, Kentucky 1979

Father and Son: Continuing the Tradition

Pup

My First Electric Plane: Modified Ace Seamaster

My Dallaire Sportster and Me

Christmas Day build

Hobby Turned Career

Model Aviation: My Story

How to fly in the winter in Minnesota!

Flying Nitro

Flite Fest 2015 / 2016

Hayden and the DRAK!

Me and the Prez!

Few Men like him Today!!!

Second place on Macedonian Regional 1975

Best Airplane ever built by Douglas.

My fondest memories with my Dad

My Passion.

A nice day for fun

My Son has come a long way in 6 years

EARLY 1970’s ” D ” CLASS FREE FLIGHT SACRAMENTO CALIFORNIA

Old Inspirations

G-JAN THE PHONIX

My Passion Flying and Aviation.

Early 1970s “D” Class Free Flight Taft California

EARLY 1970’s ” D ” CLASS FREE FLIGHT TAFT CALIFORNIA

Family Time

“Miss Marie”

Buddies

Spring Break 2016

Three of four generations

Grandson Colton having a great fling day

Building a plane….

Posing with the Dogs…..

Flying for the Kaiser

Over the Moon

My modeling career and the effect it had on my profession.

The “ASCOT NOBLER”

1946 J3-C Clipped Wing Cub

1st scratch built from Convair plans.U control.

Passing the Passion

P51 and the T28 ready for take off at 8ooo ft

ALES at the Nat’s

Mystique 2.9m

FIRST COMMERCIALLY AVAILABLE Bind-N-Fly FIGHTER REQUIRING NO PERFORMANCE MODS FOR MY FLYING STYLE.

My dad and me

Redwing slick 540 DLE 55 RA

Terry & the Colonel

Teaching my Son to Fly

An-2 “Colt” RC Model

25 Years of RC Friendship

Youth is our Future

4-engine Giant Seamaster made to resemble Pan Am Clippers

PRECISION STANDARD NEEDED FOR PRECISION AEROBATICS

FREEZE FRAME STUNTER CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF A SQUARE CORNER

Biplane ride

A Dad’s favorite moment out of 30 years of R/C flying

TWO VERSIONS OF THE ACE OF ACES P-38I

Wrong way Mig

Jenny engine

2015 TEST FLYING WEAGELL FIELD SACRAMENTO CALIFORNIA

Airplane Collage

Intro To Giant Scale

EARLY 1970’s CONTEST WEAGELL FIELD SACRAMENTO CALIFORNIA

ALWAYS SOMETHING NEW

Pretty Birds

starting in the world of model airplanes

1928 Heath Baby Bullet Racer

Redwing Extra 330 sc 50 cc with dle55ra

Fast track!

Welcome to my office

My DHC2 Beaver

New year’s day 2017

Post “Warbird Roundup” Flight Photo & “Junkyard Wars Gypsies”

Family, Fellowship, and Learning

Electric C-130

Little brother

RC in Arlington

Dad and I

My first contest-winning plane

A good friend

1978 First Place National Championship Race Samurai Team

A day with our aerobatic models

nothing but net

Expert Rescue and Recovery

MiG Launch

Skylark CL Airplane

1928 Heath Baby Bullet Racer

Flying with dad

Bee swarm

1st solo

Me and my baby

COMPLEXITIES OF SEARCHING FOR THE PERFECT BOOK PATTERN

Nieuport N28 ci

First Navy Carrier Landing Jet In a Squadron

Control Line Scale B-29

Build and crash. Repeat.

2016 Holding My Max-A-Matic Hawk (1974 model)

2015 September NCFFC Contest Weagell Field Sacramento, California

PICA Waco

Eagle off wing of Schweizer 126-D #416, Tail #N7716S

1975 UNITED STATES FAI FREE FLIGHT TEAM FINALS

2013 NEW TNT C GAS free flight…, One of Dad’s last few times out Flying.

BUSA Piper J-3P Cub

Hellcat prop tip vortices

kit RV4

Tuskegee still flies

Summer Afternoon With Ben

Weagell Field Sacramento, Calif. 1956

Miles Reed version of a Kermit Weeks Solution X biplane

Aeroglass Training Telemaster

My hero and our P51

Trojans large and small

Nan Orion at the Park

In this with him.

Th’Big’Un

My son and I flying together

My second Carl Goldberg kit at 13 and the wall of planes 41 years later

Disco Cart

Really for takeoff

Gotta Love Tail Draggers

P-51 on the Alvord Desert In SE Oregon

P47

1st RC – Royal Coachman

Jolly Rogers F4U Corsair

Cessna 195

My first model

Friends and a Ringmaster

Ultimate 174 cm wingspan

Fun day at the field !!

Dusty

Great trainer for rusty thumbs

when the wind quits blowing

Getting back into the hobby

My 7 Year old son enjoying a flight

1968 Stockton California

My First T-28

Waco, Wacos

Love the 4-star 60

Together at the flying field

Magster

My Best Friend and I

Father and sons

My wall of planes

Cloud Dancer 60

Navy Sterman Trainer

Flying dump truck

Fly to the sky

Planes I’ve built

Planes I’ve built

Duellist!

just a few of my toys

On the edge

War Eagle

Early giant scale experience

Comradarie of flying

Lexi with Goblin 500

My favorite plane

Granddaughter with Minnie Mambo

Under watchful eyes

Hand Launch Happiness in Costa Mesa, CA

Big Brother!

Grandpa and Grandson coming back from winning a race

Youth are our Future

My 1st turbine

No intentions to fly…..

Return to model aviation

Three generations of pilots

Father daughter

Born For Water, Now Living on Land

Friends

50 years ago!

Lost hills

1/2 A combat club

Early EDF Design

Century Jet Model 1/5 P47D Thunderbolt

just one of my models

My Plans

WWII – RC, the Early Days!

Dobshina Slovakia 2013 F3F

Stinson SR-5 “Reliant” at 1:5 scale

Float-flying on Rebeck Lake. Montgomery, Michigan

Zaid Still with Gaui X7

Applying for a Job with Model Airplane News

first flight

Flight Training

P-51 tears up the skies

Pusher

Fun Flyer

TORKS – Oklahoma City

RC Cub for the grandchildren

RC Helicopter Night Flying

building another

My own designs

The beginning of a wonderful hobby!

Family RC Heritage

Daughter Katie with Morfis Bearcat, 1994

Jolly Rogers F4U Corsair

Giant RCM 96″ Spook

T-6 Korean Mosquittos

Big plane, little car

Cub waits for a forth of July ride

Evil Spacewalker

E Flight Pitts Model 12

My own design

First Model Flight

Best Friends

Top Flite GS Spitfire

Summer 2007 flight school

1/2 Scale Nieuport 11

A-26

A model I never thought I would own…let alone FLY..

Flugtag – Bad Homburg Germany 1985

First Flight

Chris made his 1st combat airplane at age of 9

Passing the Torch

Lego Guy

middle school flying

1/2 A PYLON RACING

I can get it, Papa.

Grandad and me

Dream airplane build

1940 Contest Winners

Rose Army Airfield

Airshow, Discover Aviation Days

The crowds I draw flying back in Maine

Ben Buckle’s Flying Quaker huge 83 in wing span

My First Airplane

Ray and me

Tarpon

My Scratch Built Cessna 336 Profile

T 28 Wankel power

Love of the Pitts

Big Biped

My baby Radian

my extra 330 SC

Dad before the war

Demonstration

Fantastic Father

Me And Drone

Sig Klipper

High Above The Catalina’s

My Passion, Aviation

Starting in the world of airmodels

My introduction to aviation

1940 scratch built free flight models

My Micro Airforce

Sailplame and FEDEX MD-11

Memorial Day Warbirds

My Dad and I

Daughters first time to the field

3 Generations

Craig’s Jenny

That’ll buff out!

Meet of the Deccan plateau and The Western Ghats

B-17 Returning Home

Giant Scale EDF Flat Flyer

Aerial photography

Bob and Alan

I Fly

1956 Weagell Field Sacramento California

Hell Cat

The crowds I draw flying back in Maine

Smoke on

Retrieval

Shot kit of the O V 10 Bronco

The Electric Red SIG Kadet Senior ARF (circa) 2003

Son Soloing

December Toys for Tots

Grandpa’s Biplane

The Future

Multiple snapshots of my growing up— AND STILL GROWING UP AT 59 3/4!!!

A day at the flying field

My first Piper Cub

Aerial Photo of “Fun Cub” Landing at Ball Field

Topflight DC-3

Another one for the log!

the beginning

Low and Inverted

Comp Arf SU-27

Radian Seaplane

Still doing it… Then and Now

3D Daughter

Three generations, one championship

My dad and some of his works of art.

Slope gliding the mountains.

My Valentine

Maiden Day F7F Tigercat

Safety First

RC Dragonflies 2006

Look at me now!

Beaver landing at sunset

1974 FAI UNITED STATES TEAM SEMI- FINALS , FRESNO CA.

Caribbean RC Club, Gurabo PR.

Setting up a new bird

Tower Uproar

NATS Champion shares his skills

Bakersfield formula 1 race–Glen Spickler CD

Flying the Aton first flight!

Family Tradition

best hobby ever

Cleared for Takeoff

Slow Flight

Honoring a true modeler

B-17 Texas Raiders

Low pass

My air force.

FW 190

Flying Buddies

THE NEED FOR SPEED

Fly inverted

Red, White, and Blue Bi-Plane

Yak-52 35cc Gas

First plane 5yrs old

Friends That Helped Me Get Started

Clipped Wing Cub

My favorite Pilot

My Zirolli P-38 Lightening on a Show Pass!

Smoke On!!! Corsair!!!

Adam and I at Top Gun!

My Gobby 700

Nice picture

Durafly T-28 Nite Flyer

Large Scale Cargo

Low and Slow Flying Jenny

P 38 lighting

Dry lake Jets

Intro to Flying

Feeling Free When You Can No Longer Fly

Flying friends

my Freewing Stinger 90

Hawker Typhoon

Chicago 1943

Midnight Flight in Alaska

2015 SPRING CONTEST WEAGELL FIELD SACRAMENTO CALIF.

Maiden flight day!

GIANT STEARMAN

Ken Willard, Myself and an early RPV

P-17 STEARMAN

Howard and his Dyna Jet Temco

Keeping my eye on the horizon

Airwolf Over Redlands, CA

Fun times.

Solo Day !!

Paul and i Florida Jets 2006

Amy and RF4

Control Line Intro

“READY TO FLY AGAIN”

Trim Check

Up In Smoke

Blue Angels 2010

Cookie 144

Son’s first flying day

Three generations is Silhavys

Slow and Low

FireGate X Wing

Warbirds

Hanging Out with my Drone’s

Only The Model Still Looks Young..

Scratch build own desing MAEN 70

SMALLEST “OBJECTIVE JUDGE REALITY CHECK” CLPA STUNTER

My first plane (telemaster)

Living the Dream

Me and Dad and scratch built paragon with Bob

Passing it on

First flght

Ranch Flying

I got a need for speed

Eric Williams and his P-47 “The Comet”

First Plane

HERCULES C – 130

The Hangar

Night flying

Getting started early

Tree Some

Flying my Triplane