Terminal A-West

July 24, 2012- February 15, 2013

Flying model aircraft, also known as aeromodeling, was first witnessed in 1871 when French inventor Alphonse Pénaud designed and built the Planophore – a tiny rubber band powered aircraft that flew approximately 130 feet. This was an historic moment in aviation both for aeromodeling and early aircraft design. The fascination with aviation and the dream to achieve human flight spread throughout the world. It was 1903, more than 30 years later, when the dream to fly was realized by the Wright Brothers whose first successful flight launched the era of aviation. In 1927, the world was once again captivated by Charles Lindbergh’s daring transatlantic flight between New York and Paris. With the public’s growing passion for aviation, toy companies began to increase production of model airplane kits making aircraft and the thrill of flying accessible to everyone. It wasn’t until the late 1940s following World War II, that radio-controlled model airplanes were developed for public use. Originally bulky and laden with large batteries, the early radio-controlled planes were difficult to control and couldn’t fly very far or for long periods of time. Over the years, the technology became more sophisticated and radio-controlled model planes became lighter, more versatile, and user-friendly. Many modelers enjoy the labor-intensive construction process just as much as successfully flying their hand-built planes.
Today, radio-controlled aeromodeling continues to be a popular activity. Model aircraft enthusiasts often join a regional club with a designated airfield for flying model planes. There are more than 2,500 model airplane clubs in the United States. Locally, the West Jersey Radio Control Club based in Mantua, New Jersey has one of the best aeromodeling airfields in the area with more than 100 members from Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The West Jersey Radio Control Club flies every type of model aircraft from small to large including airplanes that are powered by electricity, gasoline, and glow fuel. 
For more information about the West Jersey Radio Control Club, visit www.wjrc.org.