Above: Stu Richmond, at age 14, launches a Scientific
Models Victory airplane at the camera in 1942.
Left: Stu designed this Simple Fly, published in American
Aircraft Modeler in 1969. It was one of the magazine’s
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Stu Richmond, 1929-2014
An AMA Model Aviation Hall of Fame member
known for his articles, columns, and plans that
were published in aeromodeling magazines for
more than 30 years, has died.
Stuart L. “Stu” Richmond, 85, wrote columns
featured in Model Builder, RC Modeler, RC
Report, and Radio Control Models magazines. He
passed away April 12, 2014, at his home in Apache Junction,
In addition to being inducted
into the AMA Model Aviation
Hall of Fame in 2001, Stu
received the AMA Pioneers
Award in 1998, and the
prestigious Howard McEntee
Award in 2006.
He began building model
aircraft when he was a child,
and as a teenager he carved
three Scale identification models for aircrew
training for the U.S. Navy during World War II.
Stu continued to build and design and his PT-
40 RC design won the 1989 Powered Model Airplane Kit of
the Year award at the Nuremberg Toy/Hobby Fair in Germany.
The aircraft was kitted by Great Planes Model Manufacturing
Company and is still being built by modelers.
Stu attended the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he
earned a degree in industrial management in 1951. Stu served as an
armament systems officer in the U.S. Air Force from 1952 to 1954,
and later created a color photo film developing business. He sold
the business to a Fortune 500 company—retiring at the age of 43.
He competed in RC Pylon Racing and served as a CD for
and was the secretary of the RC Association of Central Florida,
served as chair of the Remote Control Association of Central
Florida’s Constitution Committee, and cofounded the Fulton
Flying Circus Club in Roswell, Georgia. Stu also took first place
in the 1996 Society of Antique Modelers’ Championship in
Pensacola, Florida, and became a member of the International
Model Aircraft Association in 1997.
Stu is survived by two sons and seven grandchildren.
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