Rc Planes

Written by James Lyons
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RC planes fill a need man has been chasing for centuries. Man has been building model planes since the beginning of recorded history. Orville and Wilbur Wright were the initial giant scale modelers. They didn't have the benefit of radio control equipment so they were forced to physically fly their models. By 1936 there was enough national interest to form the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA).

By the 1950s, model engines had evolved enough to allow model building more accessible. Control line models and free flying models were widespread. Some of the models were still propelled by rubber bands. Radio controlled models were still a bit of a novelty. People were flying RC planes in parks and fields and anywhere else that they could find open space.

RC Planes Fly into History

Around this time, Southern Illinois University obtained ground for a new campus in Edwardsville and allowed these early radio controlled modelers to use a designated segment of the athletic grounds on the west side of the campus. These early pilots organized and named their group the East Side Radio Control Club (ESRC). The university faculty and administration were all big fans of the hobby.

Out of this club and other clubs across the country, competitions began to take place. Theses clubs also provide a safe environment to get started and advance in this hobby. Often, instructors provide free training to beginners to promote safety and acquire new members. If you are just getting started, you might consider seeking out a local club so you can effectively learn how to fly your RC planes.

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