Debbie Hannon receives he
“The third contest flight proved disastrous for
The Academy of Model Aeronautics
recently welcomed Life Members Harry
H. Strain III, Hereford AZ; Andrew S. Pees,
Worthington OH; Lawrence F. Roper Jr.,
Lynnfield MA; Stanton H. Scott, Houston
TX; Andrew J. Briggs, Mankato MN;
Thomas W. Siler, New Albany OH; Gerald
H. Bayless, College Park GA; Steven A.
Holcomb, Jefferson OH; Chris M. Minello,
Milan PA; John P. Zygadlo, Chicago IL;
Bill Johnson, Spanaway WA; and Michael
Manfredo, Ronkonkoma NY.
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—AMA Membership Department
AMA Thanks Its
Fifty Years of Nats History
Fifty years ago this July—specifical
July 24-30—was the 1967 National
Model Airplane Championships
(Nats), sponsored by the AMA and
hosted by the U.S. Navy. Taking
place at the Naval Air Station at Los
Alamitos, California, this was one of
25 Nats hosted by the Navy.
Station locations rotated every
few years. The Nats were held at
the Los Alamitos station in 1952,
1955, 1959, 1963, and 1967. The
contests were also held at air stations
in Olathe, Kansas (1948-1949, and
1968); Dallas, Texas (1950-1951,
1956, 1960, and 1964); Glenview,
Illinois (1954, 1958, 1962, 1966,
and 1970-1972); and Willow Grove,
Pennsylvania (1953, 1957, 1961,
1965, and 1969.)
In the National Model Aviation
Museum archives, we have
approximately a cubic foot of
papers and photographs from
the 1967 Nats, not including the
objects we have in our permanent
collection from that year’s competition.
Many of the photographs we have from
the 1967 Nats were taken by Navy staff. The
Navy’s professional photographers didn’t
just take excellent photos, they also typed
descriptions of the people and events they
captured, which have proven to be highly
useful for research. They’ve given us a
glimpse into the contestants’ experiences
during that splendid (and sometimes
arduous) week of competition.
We have included a few photos of that
busy week of competition with this article.
All are official U.S. Navy photographs. More
photos from the 1967 Nats will be posted
on the museum’s blog.
Here are a few fun facts about the 1967 Nats:
• This was the 20th consecutive year that
the Navy hosted the Nats.
• A final report stated that there were 868 total advance and late entries, and
183 total mechanic entries.
AMA Plans Services houses all
plans formerly sold through Model
Builder magazine, Bill Northrop’s
Plan Service, and the Scratch
Builder’s Almanac. There are more
than 1,000 plans in the collection.
The 50-inch Turner Special sport
airplane is a 2: 1 scale of Roscoe
Turner’s famous Thompson Trophy-winning racer. The model, designed
by Col. Bob Thacker, is 45 inches
long, is powered by a . 60 engine, and
features fiberglass wheel pants.
You can order the Turner Special,
plans number 7791, for $22 by
calling AMA Plans Service at (800)
435-9262, extension 507.
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