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September 1949 Air Trails

September 1949 Air Trails
September 1949 Air Trails Cover - Airplanes and RocketsTable of Contents

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.

For what was probably one of the first major model aircraft contests following the end of World War II, the New York Daily Mirror's "Model Flying and Air Fair" drew a thousand contestants and a quarter of a million spectators to it Grumman Airport*, Long Island, venue. That gives you a good idea of how popular not just full-scale, but model airplanes were in the era. People were still fascinated with the concept of human flight, and the vast majority of people worldwide had never flown on an airplane of any sort. Note in the aerial view photo of the airport the huge number of cars - it's so obvious that it's easy to miss. Note Lew Andrews, who later went on to manufacture model airplanes under the name of AAMCo, was the Plymouth International Stunt Champion. One thing that occurred to me when examining the model photos is how the basic form of the control line speed model has not changed much over the decades.

* Here is the page capture in case the original is lost.

World's Largest Model Meet

World's Largest Model Meet, September 1949 Air Trails - Airplanes and RocketsNew York Mirror's Model Flying and Air Fair draws 250,000 spectators, 1,000 contestants to Grumman Airport, L. I.

Grumman airport showing 12 U-control circles - Airplanes and Rockets

Portion of Grumman airport showing 12 U-control circles, cleared free-flight area (bottom) and small portion of thousands of autos.

Plymouth International stunt champ Lew Andrews - Airplanes and Rockets

Plymouth International stunt champ Lew Andrews of Boston, Mass., flew his new design. Wing has 660 sq. in. area, weighs 2 lb., 7 oz.

O&R 60 powered Taylorcraft was radio-control entry by Joe Picarole - Airplanes and Rockets

O & R 60 powered Taylorcraft was radio-control entry by Joe Picarole, Morristown, N. J. Fran McElwee won event with his Radart model.

Aubrey, Pearson, Schenectady, N. Y - Airplanes and Rockets

Aubrey, Pearson, Schenectady, N. Y., (center) receives Air Trails trophy from Seldin Converse, Grumman chief pilot, for 1st in D f.f.

McCoy 29 powered asymmetrical speed job entered by J. Warren Kohler - Airplanes and Rockets

McCoy 29 powered asymmetrical speed job entered by J. Warren Kohler. Speed events were timed by electronic-operated pylons.

Harold Reinhardt, 16, Elizabeth, N. J. - Airplanes and Rockets

Harold Reinhardt, 16, Elizabeth, N. J., trimmed all the boys in stunt, received raft of prizes including Grumman aluminum canoe.



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