|November 1948 Air Trails|
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Some things never grow old. These pages from vintage modeling magazines like American Aircraft Modeler, American Modeler, Air Trails, Flying Aces, Flying Models, Model Airplane News, & Young Men captured the era. I will be glad to scan articles for you. All copyrights are hereby acknowledged.
Once again, I think about all the young lads and men I see in these middle of the last century articles and wonder whether their lives went well and are they still around today, engaged in aeromodeling? Most probably have kids and grandkids who would love to run across one of these photos that probably nobody in the family even knows exists. What about the models, too? How many are sitting in an attic or garage somewhere, and will be discarded by disinterested kin or estate buyers? No doubt many (not just those shown here) met their demise while being flown, transported to or from a flying field, in a house fire, during a flood, in a tornado or hurricane. Unlike a large portion of today's models that have been purchased in fully flight-ready or nearly flight-ready condition, each of these were built, finished, and trimmed for flight by their owners. They are a disappearing breed.
National Model Meet Under Way
The most perfect National meet in the history of American aeromodeling, the 17th National Championship Model Airplane Contest, was held on August 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8, under the sponsorship of the Olathe, Kan., Chamber of Commerce and the Olathe Earl Collier Post 153, American Legion.
Actively cooperating was the U.S. Naval Air Station at Olathe, where all the outdoor flying events were held. Indoor events were held in the Municipal Auditorium at Kansas City, Mo.
The contest was highlighted with a visit by Rear Admiral Richard F. Whitehead, Chief of Naval Air Reserve Training. Capt. Campbell Keene, Commanding Officer of the Olathe Naval Air Station, gave his full support to the meet as did all the men based at the huge Navy field.
National Championship honors went to handsome Bob Holland, 33, of Sunland, Calif. Ace-flyer Holland racked up an impressive number of wins: 2nd in indoor stick, open; a place on the 1948 American Wakefield team; 3rd in rubber-powered flying scale; 1st in R.O.VV. models, plus other lesser places.
Top place in the club competition was taken by the Oakland, Calif., Cloud Dusters whose 7-'''man'' team consisted of Pete and Mike Demos, Joe Bilgri, Dick Schumacher, Manuel Andrade and "Pop" and "Mom" (H.S.) Robbers.
The age-category champs were as follows: Bob Holland, first in open class; Charles Sotich, Chicago, Illinois, first in junior division; and Jack Norris, Lakewood, Ohio, first in senior competition.
Several new national records were set. A complete breakdown of winners, including the types of models they flew will appear in subsequent issues of Air Trails. An enlarged "Sketchbook at the Nationals" will be presented in December.
Paul Gilliam, Glendale, Calif., won rubber-powered flying scale event. This is his Stinson L-5 in flight (inset at right).
Flying Scale models eclipse all others in spectator interest at National Meet
By far the most spectacular, crowd-pleasing event at the 17th annual National competition was that in which detailed scale models of full size aircraft competed in the rubber-powered and gas-engine-powered categories.
Unfortunately the free flying rubber-powered scale ships had to be flown at an open site which was away from the crowds. The gas jobs, tethered as they were by conventional U-control lines, were able to make all qualifying flights on the apron in front of the Navy's main hangar, attracting the largest crowd of the meet.
It was obvious to most experienced onlookers that the control-line flying scale models will soon be as popular as the well-established stunt and precision flying craft.
Posted March 21, 2015