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June 1969 American Aircraft Modeler magazine cover 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.

Join the National Association of Rocketry - Airplanes and RocketsThe National Association of Rocketry (NAR) has been around since 1957. At one time, the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) was pretty tightly joined with them in covering model rocketry events and promoting model rocketry. In fact, for while there was space allotted in American Aircraft Modeler, AMA's monthly magazine, for model rocketry. From February 1968 through August 1969 there was a newsletter feature entitled "Model Rocketeer" in addition to a separate article, often written by G. Harry Stine. A complete list of all editions is provided below.

Sport Rocketry, Part 1, October 2006 - Airplanes and RocketsThe NAR and AMA still work together. For example, the National Aeronautic Association (NAA) delegates authority for aeromodeling and spacemodeling to the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA), who has in turn delegated Spacemodeling (model rocketry) to the NAR.

Click the NAR logo to the left and go to the membership page of today's National Association of Rocketry. You can read a sample edition of the NAR's magazine, Sport Rocketry, by clicking the thumbnail image to the right (here is part 2).


Model Rocketeer, National Association of Rocketry, July 1969 American Aircraft Modeler - Airplanes and Rockets

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Page 70 (continued from page 51):

ing - it had no fins and carried 'boulder" size marble aloft. We later discovered the dart was launched without a straw.

"It did not hit anyone when the ejection charge fired the marble downward at great speed, but a spectator's '69 Javelin suffered a dent. The dart-maker wasted no time disappearing, while we rocketeers faced a not-too-happy car owner. We offered to pay for the damage but the gentleman finally said he would take care of it personally.

"Because of this serious incident and the fact that the wild engine or marble could have hit someone - especially in the eyes our group immediately set down mandatory safety rules to be followed by all rocketeers, including pre‚ąílaunch model inspections.

"Please publish this letter for the sake of other rocketeers."


(This info presented by courtesy of The Tracker, newsletter of the Southland Assoc. of Rocketry/NAR Section, Los Angeles, Calif.)

Model rocket launchings may soon become legal within the city of Los Angeles. If this does materialize it will be a result of efforts begun in late 1967 to incorporate model rocketry into the aeromodeling activities already taking place at the L.A. Model Airport near Van Nuys.

The prospective site is the Sepulveda Flood Control Basin, used by modelers for the past 20 years. As part of a $75,000 proposal to the city Parks and Recreation Dept., modelers would have a permanent flying area within L.A.

A $5,000 model rocket facility would be included in the package to be completed in the next few years. This would be perhaps the first permanent and locally subsidized model rocket site in the U. S.

Recently, the Southland NAR Section was invited to join in a demonstration of model aviation for the benefit of city officials, to acquaint them with the safety and educational value of model rocketry. Various types of vehicles were flown by our members.

If all goes well, Southland and other active groups in the L.A. area will be able to legally launch model rockets without traveling inconvenient distances to a site. California is finally recognizing the true value of model rocketry. We hope progress will continue towards that end.

(Any other NAR section working on a permanent site? - Author.)


When citizens of Columbus observed Don Eisele Day, several CSAR (Columbus Society for the Advancement of Rocketry) members participated. George Pantalos, CSAR chairman, and member Joe Baxter presented Astronaut Eisele with a club membership and scale model Saturn lB.

CSAR also announced a Midwest Regional Meet June 28-29 in preparation for NARAM-11. Events are Parachute Duration, Spot Landing, Boost/Glide, PeeWee Payload, Scale Altitude, and Egglofting, Write: 1191 Shanley Dr., Columbus, Ohio, 43229 for info.


Bob Mullane, president of NAR's Pascack Valley Section in Harrison, N. J., called attention to a mistake in the Rocketeer column, March '69, when we mentioned NARHAMS' (Lanham, Md.) Jim Barrowman as a PVS member. So the editor hereby agrees to haul all equipment to the NARHAMS range and tear it down after some future launch, to make up any recent loss of section progress .... Xaverian High

School Model Rocketry Society's Vol. 1, No.1 issue The Xaverian Newsletter joins the list of section publications launched in January-March. TXN's single sheet format is easily read, neatly done. Kudos to James Bratcher, president of the Brooklyn, N. Y. NAR section, and Ihor Jadlickyj, vp, and Richard Malecki, sec. (NAR members note:

It is NAR policy, as with most non-profit organizations, to refrain from publicizing individual model rocket manufacturers, in this space. However, if you need the address of any MR manufacturers, write NAR Hdqrs.) Larry Loos.

Section Calendar

May 4 & 25; June 1 & 29; and July 13 - Fairchester, Conn. contests.

June 8 - CONN-1 Area Meet (Conn. State NAR members). Events: Scale, Sparrow BIG, Class I P.D., and Open Spot Landing.

June 22 - SPQR-3 Regional Meet (Conn., R. I., Mass., N. Y., N. J. & Pa;). Events:

Plastic Model, Super Scale, Scale, Drag Race, Swift BIG, & Class 2 P.D.

July 27 - Regional Meet SPQR-4 (same states). Events: Quadrathon, R&D. (Note:

For CONN-I, SPQR-3 & 4 Meets, contact:

G. Harry Stine, Contest Director; 127 Bickford Lane, New Canaan, Conn. 06840).



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