“If we can give back to
the industry and teach
them something, then our
purpose has been served.”
Atlanta Hobby employees proudly show o;
some of the “toys” they stock.
Cliff Whitney has been involved in the hobby for most of his life. His father was a Control Line pilot
and like many, Cliff learned to fly CL
on a PT- 19 Cox trainer when he was
approximately 10 years old.
Gliders drew his interest, and by age
13 he was hooked on RC Sailplanes. So
much so that he
learned to fly full-scale gliders while
still in high school.
he added a powered
rating system so he
could pilot a variety
to North Carolina,
while working for
In 1980, he started Whitney’s Glider
Supply, then later Sequatchie Valley
Soaring Supply. Although the main
focus was on full-scale sailplanes and
hang gliding, he also sold a small number
of RC gliders. With his career taking off
with Wolf and his partner lacking the
time to put into the business, the glider
shop was closed.
In 2005, Cliff came out of retirement
and opened Atlanta Hobby to occupy
his time and to help pay for his own
interests in RC.
Cliff lives on a
and the shop
was housed in
his hangar and
of the North
members to fly on his property. He was
introduced to Three-Meter Sailplanes
and Zagi flying wings at the gathering.