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!
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.