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View Poll Results: How long have you been flying?
Under a year 3 4.17%
Between 1 - 5 years 12 16.67%
Between 5 - 10 years 10 13.89%
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Old 02-03-2014, 03:48 PM   #1
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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.

Flying more, crashing less. Feels great!

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Old 02-03-2014, 04:43 PM   #2
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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.
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Old 02-03-2014, 04:53 PM   #3
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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.
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Old 02-03-2014, 04:56 PM   #4
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About 2 years now.

slow stock prop reversal. it flies! easily! 543 watt dual motor bipe slow stick. push-me-pull-you. 242 watt 3 channel slow stick. 365 watt mini ultra stick. 415 watt mini contender. 810 watt ultra stick .25e. 220 watt alpha 450 sport (retired).
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Old 02-03-2014, 05:10 PM   #5
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37 for me... I started YOUNG.
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Old 02-03-2014, 05:57 PM   #6
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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


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Old 02-03-2014, 06:52 PM   #7
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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!!

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Old 02-03-2014, 07:06 PM   #8
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Started with u control at age 12 and I will be 60 this year, so 48 Years of Flying for me Flying keeps me looking young I still look 29 LOL

I may be getting Older, But I Refuse to grow Up I am Having to much Fun to Grow Up LOL
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I think the poll needs more options at the higher end of the range for us 'old timers'

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.
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Old 02-03-2014, 07:12 PM   #10
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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.

I'm either going to get good at flying em, or get good at fixin em!
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Old 02-03-2014, 07:29 PM   #11
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Definitely need to modify the poll...
Soon to be 40 years of RC and more 8 years of FF + CL
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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 .
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Originally Posted by WileECoyote View Post
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 .
I started with the C/L Cox PT-19 Too 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 I loved the Adrenalin Rush





I may be getting Older, But I Refuse to grow Up I am Having to much Fun to Grow Up LOL
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Originally Posted by DavidR8 View Post
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 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.

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Old 02-03-2014, 08:59 PM   #15
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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

Flying more, crashing less. Feels great!

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Old 02-03-2014, 09:09 PM   #16
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Started with rubber powered free flight in 1936, U control in the '40's and RC since the mid 50's.
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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.

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I went into this the same way I went into racing cars. you have to walk before you can run. practice makes perfect
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Originally Posted by Rodneh View Post
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 !
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Dang ! I'll say we do. That's a great RC career !

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

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

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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.

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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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