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Modeling Organization Celebrates 75th This Weekend

Hoot Gibson and 1/2 scale flying H-1 Racer headline the event


July 14, 2011 –The Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) is celebrating its 75th anniversary with a four-day flying event and fun, open to its 140,000 nationwide members and the public, at its International Aeromodeling Center in Muncie, Indiana, July 14-17. One of the featured models to be seen in the air is the AMA 75th Anniversary Edition of the Hughes H-1 Racer. Plus, Robert “Hoot” Gibson will give a talk about his career and building and flying models.

The free event will feature 240 flying models and includes aerobatic flying demonstrations, hands-on R/C flight training, national soaring competition, NASA exhibits, R/C boats and cars brought by adults and children alike, tethered balloon rides, full-scale airplane rides for youth, and tours of the National Model Aviation Museum. In addition, local EAA chapters will give Young Eagles rides in full-scale airplanes at nearby Reese Airport.

“Tiny electronics, and electric motor power by small batteries and lightweight materials have helped bring the cost down to get started flying models,” said Dave Mathewson, executive director of the AMA. “Complete ready-to-fly packages including aircraft, radio, and all components can be purchased for as low as $125, making model flying an affordable activity for all.”

To learn more about the full schedule of events, please go to www.ama75.com.


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