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DavidR8 02-03-2014 03:48 PM

How many years have you been flying?
 
I met a fellow from our local club yesterday.

He started flying model planes when he was twelve. He is now 77 years old. That's 65 years of being in the hobby.

He still loves it. His one comment was that he wasn't sure which he enjoyed more, building or flying.

carpetbagger 02-03-2014 04:43 PM

I started back in the `50s but took many breaks - college - and one long break after I closed my hobby shop in the mid-80s. Now I'm back and love building, like flying.

Chucksolo69 02-03-2014 04:53 PM

Well, if you count free flight, control line, helicopters and now RC planes, about 15 years all told with a lot of gaps in between due to college, work, etc.

hayofstacks 02-03-2014 04:56 PM

About 2 years now.

rcers 02-03-2014 05:10 PM

37 for me... I started YOUNG. :)

stevecooper 02-03-2014 05:57 PM

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1959 I got my first U-Control, Did a lot of FF,RP,&gliders, RC in 1979, still fly my GentleLady from 1981, bubsteve

Don Sims 02-03-2014 06:52 PM

Flew a bunch of control line planes in the 70's and a glider (Had no clue what CG was.) Took a long break then got back into it during the Sub C cell and brushed motor era with a UHU. Lectric sure has come a long way!!

CHELLIE 02-03-2014 07:06 PM

Started with u control at age 12 and I will be 60 this year, so 48 Years of Flying for me :D Flying keeps me looking young ;) I still look 29 :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :D LOL

JetPlaneFlyer 02-03-2014 07:10 PM

I think the poll needs more options at the higher end of the range for us 'old timers':rolleyes:

A little over 40 years in my case if you count only RC.. I started in RC by tagging along with my father and flying with his cast off equipment.

Including all types of aero modelling then add at least five years to that, I've been interested in anything that flies since I could walk.

BroncoSquid 02-03-2014 07:12 PM

I have been flying for just over 2 years now, but I have been building models for over 30 years. I enjoy "playing" with the models I build now. Not just looking at them. I had a COX line control Stuka 25 years ago?? But I didn't count that, 3 flights, all crashed, scared the crap out of me.
I like building best, always there, any time I need to get away.

fhhuber 02-03-2014 07:29 PM

Definitely need to modify the poll...
Soon to be 40 years of RC and more 8 years of FF + CL

WileECoyote 02-03-2014 07:54 PM

Had a C/L Cox Pt-19 at the age of 13 , got my first R/C at 16 or 17 taught myself to fly on a Midwest Cardinal with a Fox 15 . I'll be 62 in Sept. HAd everything from a indoor micro to giant scale (1/3 ) and everything in between . [popcorn]

CHELLIE 02-03-2014 08:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by WileECoyote (Post 939073)
Had a C/L Cox Pt-19 at the age of 13 , got my first R/C at 16 or 17 taught myself to fly on a Midwest Cardinal with a Fox 15 . I'll be 62 in Sept. HAd everything from a indoor micro to giant scale (1/3 ) and everything in between . [popcorn]

:D I started with the C/L Cox PT-19 Too :ws: and the Cox P-40, My Father bought them, and I flew them too, the Loud Engine scared the heck out of me, but that did not stop me :eek: I loved the Adrenalin Rush :concern: ;-) :D

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t...pse74b9984.jpg


https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/i...NSj4xVAYvH1oGJ

kyleservicetech 02-03-2014 08:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DavidR8 (Post 939043)
I met a fellow from our local club yesterday.

He started flying model planes when he was twelve. He is now 77 years old. That's 65 years of being in the hobby.

He still loves it. His one comment was that he wasn't sure which he enjoyed more, building or flying.

I go back to 1964 where we had that :censor: 27 Mhz frequencies. The models were controlled by a galloping ghost system that crashed anytime someone within 5 miles turned on his CB.

Next was a Microavionics radio system, that cost the equivalent of 6 months rent. That radio was used, and was two years old. It got about 30 flights between servo failures. Still got some of those servos.

DavidR8 02-03-2014 08:59 PM

In the shadow of giants
 
I recall my older brother bought 'me' a Cox PT-19 when I was about 10. It 'flew' once and that was that.

I don't think I can modify the poll for the old timers... er, very experienced among you :D

Rodneh 02-03-2014 09:09 PM

Started with rubber powered free flight in 1936, U control in the '40's and RC since the mid 50's.

dahawk 02-03-2014 09:13 PM

I started in 1978 with a Joe Bridie Trainer kit I built. Enya .40 and Kraft radio. Then took a 30+ year break to fly full scale, raise a family, coach basketball, play golf, blah blah.

Re-entered in May of 2011 and it was like stepping into the twilight zone with electric. I even missed the NICAD era. 29 planes later the addiction continues.

Chellie, It's not how you feel, it's how you look and dahlink, you look mahvelous:

http://youtu.be/J0RTD7250II

zoltron55 02-03-2014 09:17 PM

I went into this the same way I went into racing cars. you have to walk before you can run. practice makes perfect

stevecooper 02-03-2014 10:04 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Rodneh (Post 939092)
Started with rubber powered free flight in 1936, U control in the '40's and RC since the mid 50's.

We have a Winner !:ws:
bubsteve

dahawk 02-03-2014 10:40 PM

Dang ! I'll say we do. That's a great RC career !

Dragonflyer 02-04-2014 04:15 AM

Rubber power free flight & HLG around 1955, CL on to about 1961. Graduated HS 1962. Back to CL around 1967. First RC in 1969, a Carl Goldberg 1/2A Skylane rudder only, .049 Babe Bee, Digit Midget single channel. 4 ch in 1970. Out of RC and into full scale 1982. Built full scale Acro Sport II, 4 years to build, test flew June 1988. Commercial Pilots License 1988. Out of full scale 1994 (divorce), back into RC ever since.
I like to build and cover.
DF aka Bill

mclarkson 02-04-2014 04:30 AM

It'll be four years, this year. I made my first RC flight on my 50th birthday, with a Mini Super Cub.

pizzano 02-04-2014 04:49 AM

Heli's first 5 years....then came planes last 4 years.

RobinA 02-04-2014 12:12 PM

2 yrs.for me.Wanted to learn to solo prior to my retirement so I could go by myself.65 now and I still enjoy friends around.

Robin

Panther 02-04-2014 02:24 PM

Started chuckies and rubber band (built myself) in around 1962 and control line and free flight around 1966 or so then RC in 1967 /68 I am now 65.


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