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This is the first step to the magic of model aviation. Give this free flight glider a good toss and if it finds a thermal it can fly to the clouds.


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Kids love model aviation, they love the challenge and they love to compete with them. This is Rocco Ferrario's summer school group in Napa Valley, Ca. For more information see page 154 in the December 2000 issue of Model Aviation or e-mail Rocco at


Another teacher involved with teaching model aviation to students is Mike Kelly ofthe Leesville School in Raleigh, N. C. His Aerospace program has a web site you should check out.




The following companies are dedicated to supplying Free Flight Modeling enthusiasts with supplies and kits and have very informative catalogs available.   Contact them to purchase their catalog.
  • F.A.I. Model Supply, P.O.Box 366, Sayre. Pa.  18840-Tel (717) 882-9873
  • Peck-Polymers,  P.O. Box 710399, Santee, Ca. 92072-Tel (619) 448-1818
  • Diels Engineering, Inc., P.O.Box 263, Amherst, Ohio  44001
  • Gene Dubois,  P.O.Box 30053, Acushnet, Ma.  02743
  • Micro X Box 1063, Lorain, Oh. 44055
  • Klarich Custom Kits,  2301 Sonata Dr., Rancho Cordova, Ca 95670-Tel (916) 635-4588
  • Aero Dyne, 1924 E. Edinger, Santa Ana, Ca., 92705 -Tel (714) 258-0805
  • Superior Props, (ready cut balsa wood props), 60375 W. Spruce Ln., Lacombe, La. 70445-Tel (504) 882-6535
  • Argo - USA,  3229 Dianora Dr., Palos Verdees Peninsula, Ca.  90275-Tel (310) 377-6186
  • The international magazine serving the free flight interests is  Flying Models, Subscription tel. (201) 383-3355.
  • Campbell's Custom Kits, P.O. Box 3104, Muncie, IN. 47307 Tel (765) 289-7753, e mail:




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Gordon Pearson's beautiful r/c assist Albatross at the 1977 Toledo Show. I believe he won first place. We will be pleased to put your favorite free flight photo on our web site. Send it to Ray Hayes.



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Mercury....Old Timer Free Flight
CIA sponsored Free Flight contest
August, 2001 AMA flying site, Muncie, IN.



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A young Ray Hayes launching his Baby Phoenix in the Notre Dame University Stadium parking field. It was a favorite place to fly all kinds of models in the good ol'e days



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Cloudbusters at work, summer of 2000 contest, Flint, Michigan. This is a beautiful rubber powered WACO that flys very well. Photo courtesy of Dave Lisay's web site.


Old time Earl Stahl Hurricane by Ray Hayes.

I enjoy building and flying free flight stick and tissue models as much I do R/C sailplanes and powered airplanes. It's all one hobby to me.


Ray Hayes' photo of his SCHTICK before covering.

Designed by John Oldenkamp, the SILVER SCHTICK BOSTONIAN is a great flyer for indoor or outdoor free flight.


Silver Schtick after covering.

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Ron Fikes sent this photo of his Electric version of the Silver Bostonian Schtick. He doubled the original 16" wing span and powered it with a Speed 400 electric motor. Ron reports that it flies really well. This is real modeling, folks.

Bob Langelius's Dakota - Skyscrapers 1999 1999 Skyscrapers Annual Dakota Madness

Bob Langelius's Dakota and a collection of Dakota's at the 1999 Skyscrapers Annual Dakota Madness

Dekota with OK decal

Dakota with OK Engine's decal, SAM 27, Aug. 1999

John Hlebcar launching his Dekota

John Hlebcar launching his Dakota.

Dekota Dumas kit, ebay brought $92.5 5-19-2001



Sky Bench Aerotech 

Ft. Wayne, Indiana 46804