Here is an overview of my radio-controlled model airplane history. I actually started building and flying control line models in 1965 while stationed at a military base in South Carolina. I still have the very first CL model plane that I ever built. And if I could physically stand to do it, I would still be flying it. See it in the photo below. That is me (when I still had hair) with my first nitro-powered control line model and my three children. The kit was made by Top Flight but I don’t remember the model.
I had heard about people that were beginning to fly radio-controlled model airplanes and I wanted to get into that area of modeling, but I didn’t know where to find any information on the hobby.
Years later, I had moved to Brookings, South Dakota and one day I happened to come up behind a car stopped for a traffic light that had a radio-controlled airplane in the back. When the light changed I followed that car until it turned into a vacant lot which I later learned was the local club’s flying field. I inquired about the club and I was hooked for life.
In the late winter and early spring of 1974, I built the model shown below, a Goldberg Falcon 56. I found the kit in a hobby shop in Sioux Falls, SD and managed to get it built by carefully following the manufacturer’s instructions and plans. I actually did a pretty good job building it, but learning to fly it was much more of a challenge than I anticipated. I read articles in magazines, bought books on flying, and finally found someone that could help me and was willing to help me learn how to fly a radio-controlled model plane. And the rest is history. Basically, I have been in this hobby since 1974 and I have loved every minute of it.
The nickname "OldManFlier" came from my eBay member name that I came up with when I first set up my eBay account. It has stuck with me for several years and I guess it will for several more. As I get my next model built and the instructional movie for it completed, I will add some more pictures and a few more comments. Until then, this is the OldManFlier and I hope you enjoy the pictures and blog posts and have fun flying. See you next time.