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
4th National Model Rocket Championships near USAF Academy, Colorado
Springs, Colorado, was covered in the December 1962 edition of American
Modeler. Mr. Harry Stine, who wrote the "Rocket Trails" column
for many years, posted a few photos and short descriptions of the participants
and their rockets. The Front Range region of Rocky Mountains has changed
a lot in the half a century since that event was held. I moved to Colorado
Springs for the first time in 1992, lived there for a couple years,
left, and then returned in 2000 to discover a world of difference in
population and housing density in that relatively short time period.
The city had just about doubled its size and pushed about twice as far
into the eastern prairie land, which are immensely large areas of flat,
treeless, open land that is ideal for launching model rockets and flying
free flight and R/C gliders.
Rocket Trails: Nats Pix
By Harry Stine
At 4th National Model Rocket Championships near USAF Academy,
Colorado Springs, Colorado (above): Modified-for-flight plastic
scale kits are readied by (from left) Bill Simon, Bryant "Red"
Thompson, and Brent Norlem.
Coaster's Jimmy Jackson (above) with "Centauri" boost-glider.
Paul Hans, 15, Manhassett, N. Y.; his NASA "Little Joe" has
Mercury capsule atop (right).
Top USAF model rocketeers with U.S. Air Force Academy head (from
left): Capt. David Barr; Lt. Thompson; Major General Robert
H. Warren, superintendent of Air Force Academy; Capt. David