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Goldberg's Mirage 500

Jim Matko
Forest Lake MN

Here are a couple of photos of an aircraft I built called the Goldberg Mirage 550.

A Lost Treasure…In My Own Basement

Rick Mitchell
Baltimore MD

The last time that I was active in radio control modeling was from 2005 through 2008, after having first flown R/C as far back as 1958. Most of my flying during that last three year period was with a Tower Kaos, but my last ten rides at the very end were with a Goldberg Skylark 56 ARF that I built in addition to my Kaos.

Rescue Pup

John Yager
Roscoe IL

A friend of mine received a phone call last summer. A fellow flier from another town had passed away with no one to continue his hobby. Family members were going to throw it all away in a dumpster, so my friend, Dick Prevencher, made a mad, 40-mile dash in his van and collected everything.

Pilot Air

Jay Strickland
White City, Oregon

It all started when I was about 12 years old, my RC career that is.

Grandson and Grandfather Flying Team

Chuck Winchester
Machesney Park IL

I am an AMA and IMAA member. Below is a photo of me when I was 10 years old holding my fubar 36 free flight with a spitfire .045 - really my first successful plane after I found out what the little CG symbol meant.

Why To Quickly Retrieve A Crashed Plane

Jeff Jones
Burlington KY


One should never assume a downed plane is not to be recovered quickly.

I witnessed this crash and watched how there was no concern to recover the wreckage until the peanut gallery yelled fire. This crash was caused by flying with a low battery and the fire started due to an electrical short in the owners wiring job incurred by the crash.

Panama Flying Site Help

George Thomsen
Panama Central America

I am moving to the country of Panama to a town near Panama City Panama. Looking for any information on RC clubs or groups that maybe in the area. Altos del Maria or Coranado or west Panama City.





Soloing At Age Four

Patrick Willis
North Western United States

These are pictures of my son, 5-year-old Oliver, who lives in the north west. Oliver was voted "King of the Huckfest" this past August. Oliver was flying his Mini-Funtana X. He first soloed an R/C plane at the age of 4. He is now doing aerobatics and working on his 3D flying. He begs to go to the flying field every weekend and shows no signs of slowing down.

Pictures Tell The Story

Joseph Carlo
Ocala FL

Hello. I am sending my story drawn as picture book. I have had fun with planes originally starting with 10 cents and 25 cents rubber band planes. One day around age 6 or 8 my dad came home with a big box. On the box was a picture of a 6 foot Condor plane! he set up a big table in the second garage and we started to cut out all the parts.

Snakes on a Model Plane

Bob Richardson
Central Arkansas

This happened a few years ago when I went to the Central Arkansas Model Aviators Association (CAMAA) flying field to socialize, get some flying in, and watch the other guys fly. Nobody was there, so I said to myself, it would be a good time to mow the grass and not interfere with anyone's flying. So I mount the riding mower, cranked her up, and headed out to the green pasture.

30 Year Old Graupner Still Flying

by Roger Mullins
Keystone Heights FL

Here is old Graupner kit form 30 plus years ago, given to me by the owner.

The graupner is missing the tail feathers and some other minor parts. I converted the aircraft to electric power and added slotted flaps. The graupner's span is 62 inches and the aircraft weights nearly 7 lbs ready to fly.

Wings For Wishes

by Eric Kendall
Polson MT

Last February, my family was impacted by a dear friend's child, Dylan, who has a liver condition known as BA. He was selected by the Make-A-Wish foundation to have a wish granted.

Big Yellow Bird Goes Up Like A Home Sick Angel

by Lin Cordray and Burt Gunter
Ball Ground GA

John Burton Gunter, Col. USA Retired, more commonly known as"Burt" and Lin Cordray often take to the skies. They are both AMA members who fly together with their club "Georgia Model Aviators" located about an hour north of Atlanta, Georgia.

How to Celebrate Your 92nd Birthday

by Charles Mackey, AMA Fellow and Hall of Fame
Fallbrook CA

Dottie Johnson’s ninety second birthday was celebrated by having lunch with friends who sang Happy Birthday to her.

Propkicker's multi-engined SPAD

by John Althoff
Arcadia IL Jacksonville IL

See a photo of the multi-engined SPAD and share your thoughts.

Krey picks up the pieces and keeps flying

article by Dennis Dalman of the St. Joseph Newsleader
submitted by Al Krey
St. Joseph, MN

A Jet Powered Old Timer

article by John Pond
submitted by William Kyncy
Oroville, CA

A gallon of unleaded gasoline, a Model T Ford spark plug coil, a tractor battery, extra safety equipment, and the inquiring minds of Jim Kyncy and Stan Lane resulted in the first SAM RC plane in the US to fly with a Jet unit in 1995.

Read about the build and flight of the old timer jet.


As Good As It Gets

by Wm.M.Witty
Harmony, PA

I'm writing this letter to you to let you know some of what life is like "out here." I belong to the M.A.R.S. club. Our field is located in Harmony, PA. We are on the web at www.marsrcclub.com.

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