Friday, February 22, 2013

Radio Controlled Planes

Today's picture is from 1944, and it shows a boy playing with a Radio Controlled Airplane. I think this is a great toy, which is a lot of fun, and very educational. Just think of all the things a young person learns by building and flying a model airplane. They learn to read blueprints, follow instructions, use tools, and to be precise and accurate in their work. They learn about engines, electronics, and aerodynamics. They learn that through hard work and patience you are paid off in the end with a product that is fun and exciting. 


  1. Radio controlled airplanes were very rare in the 40s because they required vacum tubes for both the transmitter and receiver. Also, the batteries were rather large and heavy for the energy stored.

    Today, the batteries are infinately better and the radio components are in micro sizes. This allows for smaller planes that can be battery powered and actually flown indors. Not many kits are offered today because we are an impatient society looking for fast gratification. It seems that actually constructing a plane from scaled drawings takes too much time, so suppliers provide almost-ready-to-fly planes that require omly putting some components together and installing the receiver and servos. Even better is the ready-to-fly planes that have all the equipmment installed.

    As always, there are good and bad with each approach, but as I was recently reminded by a young flier, "the name of the sport is RC flying not building and flying" to which I had no viable response. Times are a'changin.

  2. I doubt it was r/c controled. More likely handle and line controlled. Thats what we used in the 50's and 60's. Ciao.

  3. This actually appears to be a free flight model.

  4. OhOh crickets in here today. Remember my dad buying me one of those. Sure was fun. Had forgotten that until I saw this picture. God I miss him - RIP Dad

    1. Amen
      Graham in St. John's

  5. My Dad used to make model airplanes like that.