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Kirt Blattenberger, Webmaster - Airplanes and Rockets

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Even during the busiest times of my life I have endeavored to maintain some form of model building activity. This site has been created to help me chronicle my journey through a lifelong involvement in model aviation, which all began in Mayo, MD ...

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August 1959 Model Aviation News Bulletin

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These pages from vintage modeling magazines like Flying Aces, Air Trails, American Modeler, American Aircraft Modeler, Young Men, Flying Models, Model Airplane News, R/C Modeler, captured the era. All copyrights acknowledged.

Here are more photos from the 1959 Nats report that was published last month (August 1959). A couple of famous names appear: John Tatone, Walt Good, Russ Nichols. If you seen yourself or someone you know in any of the pictures here on AirplanesAndRockets.com, please send me a note and I'll add you to the caption.

John Tatone shown with his beautifully detailed Meyers MAC 145. - Airplanes and Rockets

John Tatone, San Francisco, Calif., shown with his beautifully detailed Meyers MAC 145. His Tipsy Jr. earned a third place in CLFS event.

Two unidentified contestants prepare their Dynajet-powered model in the C/L jet event - Airplanes and Rockets

Two unidentified contestants prepare their Dynajet-powered model in the C/L jet event. We sure didn't envy them in that 96° California heat.

Two industrious young R/Cers shown making repairs to their model at the Nats - Airplanes and Rockets

Two industrious young R/Cers shown making repairs to their model at the Nats. Apparently the wind was too strong for the small ship.

Seems like the younger set has the Navy outnumbered and bewildered at the Nats - Airplanes and Rockets

" ... y'mean all of you guys want to join the Navy ... ?" Seems like the younger set has the Navy outnumbered and bewildered at the Nats.

John C. Allen prepares his seaplane for flight in the ROW event - Airplanes and Rockets

John C. Allen, Valley Stream, N. Y., prepares his seaplane for flight in the ROW event. Ship did not place in finals.

Nats Contest Manager Keith Storey shown receiving award from AMA President Walt Good - Airplanes and Rockets

Nats Contest Manager Keith Storey shown receiving award from AMA President Walt Good. while Executive Director Russ Nichols (r) beams approval.

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Posted September 13, 2021
(updated from original post on 4/3/2012)

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