November 1970 American Aircraft ModelerTable of Contents
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.
Admittedly, I do not know a lot about Barry Goldwater, other than that he was a U.S. senator for many years, and was a general in the Arizona Air Force Reserves. Until recently reading the letter to the editor of American Aircraft Modeler (November 1970), I was not aware that he was a very avid aircraft modeler. The letter was written by none other than Cleveland model's Edward T. Packard.
Senator Goldwater's building interests were not limited to model aircraft. Per an article in the New York Times (1992):
"Heath's phasing out its kits 'leaves the amateur, like me, no place to turn,' said former Senator Barry Goldwater, who used to fly to Heath's headquarters in Benton Harbor, Mich., twice a year in his private plane to buy kits. 'It's just that people today are getting terribly lazy, and they don't like to do anything they can pay someone else to do,' said Mr. Goldwater, 83 years old, who has managed to wire up more than 100 Heathkits. 'I think the current generation is certainly missing out.'"
Goldwater was also an avid amateur radio operator from the early 1920s onwards, with the call signs 6BPI, K3UIG and K7UGA.