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A look back at the 2017 competition
Event coverage
Read the full feature in the November 2017 issue of
Model Aviation.

The 2017 Nats, an annual favorite event for many pilots from across the country and around the world, kicked off June 23 and concluded August 3. Most of the events were held at the International Aeromodeling Center (IAC) in Muncie, Indiana, while two were held in other locations.

For the first time, the RC Aerobatics (Pattern) Nats were held in Blytheville, Arkansas, at the historic Eaker Air Force Base, which is known today as the Blytheville Air Force Base. National Radio Controlled Scale Aerobatics (NSRCA) officials moved the event there in hopes of attracting pilots from other areas of the US to the competition. This year’s July 25-29 contest had 76 registered pilots.

For the second consecutive year, the Indoor Free Flight (FF) Nats took place at the Rantoul National Aviation Center, in Rantoul, Illinois. The number of competitors was slightly less this year, but those who attended took advantage of some site improvements.

To see more from the 2017 Nats, view albums for each event on the AMA Flickr page at You can also read daily reports in NatsNews at

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