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Kirt Blattenberger, Webmaster - Airplanes and Rockets

Kirt Blattenberger

BSEE - KB3UON

My Engineering Web: RF Cafe

Carpe Diem! (Seize the Day!)

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 ...

Airplanes And Rockets Copyright 1996 - 2026

All trademarks, copyrights, patents, and other rights of ownership to images and text used on the Airplanes and Rockets website are hereby acknowledged.

My Main Modeling Websites

Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) - Airplanes and RocketsAcademy of Model Aeronautics

Tower Hobbies logo - Airplanes and Rockets

Tower Hobbies

Horizon Hobby logo - Airplanes and Rockets

Horizon Hobby

Sig Manufacturing - Airplanes and Rockets

Sig Mfg

Brodak Manufacturing - Airplanes and Rockets

Brodak Mfg

U.S. Armed Forces Recruitment Advertisements
1957 American Modeler

September 1957 American Modeler

September 1957 American Modeler Table 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.

Model aviators and the U.S. Armed Forces have had a long-standing relationship. Up until the early 1970s, the U.S. Navy sponsored and promoted the Academy of Model Aeronautics' (AMA) Nationals competition right on actual Navy bases. Their motivation was to become a familiar entity to young modelers who would, hopefully, eventually enlist or receive a commission when they come of age. It was working well until the average age of national competitors began creeping upward to where only a very small percentage of all competitors were within recruiting age. At that point, the Navy issued an ultimatum to the AMA: bring more youngsters into the competitions or loose the sponsorship. AMA officials heeded the call and was able to improve the situation, but alas it was short-lived. A few years later the Navy no longer considered its involvement worthwhile. Flash forward to the scene of today's competitions and you can see how youths comprise a very small percentage of the Nats. As of 2010, the average age of an AMA member is somewhere around 58 years old.

U.S. Armed Forces Recruitment Advertisements, USAF - Airplanes and Rockets

July 1957 American Modeler

July 1957 American Modeler Table 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.

Today's youths are adept at activities involving computers and wireless devices, no so much at hands-on building and troubleshooting. Since much of the military technology has evolved into computer-controlled equipment, the fit is still pretty good with available talent, so it's not so bad. Most of the actual equipment maintenance is contracted out to the companies that design and build it, so there isn't much of a need for military personnel to do it. One really cool aspect of the new military is the proliferation of remotely piloted vehicles (RPVs), with many opportunities for guys who like flying models to do it for a living! There are manpack formats now where soldiers in the field pull a Styrofoam drone out of a backpack, do a quick assembly, and toss it into the air for an aerial surveillance sortie to peek over the next hill or tree line to see if the enemy is lurking. I would have loved to have had such a job while in the USAF back in the late 1980s early 1980s (I was an airport surveillance radar tech).

U.S. Armed Forces Recruitment Advertisements, U.S. Air Force - Airplanes and Rockets

May 1957 American Modeler

May 1957 American Modeler Table 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.

Advertisements below were scanned from circa 1957 editions of American Modeler. The theme centered on leveraging young peoples' interest in hands-on activities and a fascination with things that fly. Very few tasks in modeling were easy - particularly actually getting a model to fly properly - so the Army, Air Force, and Navy figured that guys with the determination to succeed in such endeavors would be prime candidates for the Armed Service. They were right. It is rare to see such an ad these days, and if you do, if is very small.

U.S. Armed Forces Recruitment Advertisements, U.S. Army - Airplanes and Rockets

Airplanes and Rockets' history & copyright Google search American Modeler Air Trails American Aircraft Modeler Young Men Hobbies Aviation Flying Aces Saturday Evening Post Boys' Life Hobby Distributors Amateur Astronomy Engines & Motors Balsa Densities Silkspan Covering Comics Electronics My Models Model Aircraft Articles Plans Model Boat Articles Plans Model Car Articles Plans Model Train Articles Plans 1941 Crosley 03CB Radio Model helicopter articles & plans Crosswords Model Rocket Articles Plans Restoration Projects Photos Peanuts Collection Model Aircraft Articles Plans Sitemap Homepage Hints Amateur Radio Everything from the homepage Airplanes and Rockets Hero Graphic

About Airplanes & Rockets

Kirt Blattenberger, Webmaster - Airplanes and Rockets

Kirt Blattenberger

BSEE - KB3UON

My Engineering Web: RF Cafe

Carpe Diem! (Seize the Day!)

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 ...

Airplanes And Rockets Copyright 1996 - 2026

All trademarks, copyrights, patents, and other rights of ownership to images and text used on the Airplanes and Rockets website are hereby acknowledged.

My Main Modeling Websites

Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) - Airplanes and RocketsAcademy of Model Aeronautics

Tower Hobbies logo - Airplanes and Rockets

Tower Hobbies

Horizon Hobby logo - Airplanes and Rockets

Horizon Hobby

Sig Manufacturing - Airplanes and Rockets

Sig Mfg

Brodak Manufacturing - Airplanes and Rockets

Brodak Mfg

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Posted March 27, 2012

Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) Plans Service - Airplanes and Rockets