This photo was taken by Keith Shaw in
2011 when Warren was inducted into
the AMA Model Aviation Hall of Fame.
Lunar Orbiter, Mariner, and Nimbus weather satellites for
NASA’s planetary program.
In the 1970s, Warren served as the chief of spacecraft
technology at NASA Lewis Research Center, located in
Cleveland (now called the NASA John H. Glenn Research
Center at Lewis Field). He retired in 1979 and received a
NASA Exceptional Service Award.
His involvement in modeling was put on hold until roughly
the time of the first lunar landing, which was in July of 1969.
He and a friend then joined the League of Silent Flight (LSF)
and attended several sailplane contests. Warren served as LSF
vice president from 1979 to 1981, then as the organization’s
president through 1985.
He built and flew gas- and electric-powered model aircraft,
and later was asked to join AMA’s Frequency Committee.
By 1991, all of the present 72 MHz model frequencies
were phased into service.
The AMA, working in
conjunction with the
FCC and Radio Control
guidelines that created
transmitters and receivers.
A program to modify
older equipment was put
into place, as well as an
for transmitters that
were manufactured (or
modified) to narrowband
During this time,
Warren was a mainstay on the
AMA Technical Committee,
later renamed the Electronic
(ETC). The ETC’s mission is
“To support the Academy by
monitoring, maintaining, and
developing electronic areas
of modeling through liaison
with government, industry, and
Former AMA Frequency
Committee member and
current AMA Flying Site
Assistance Coordinator and
Technical Director Tony
Stillman said, “I served with
Warren on the AMA Frequency
Committee for several years.
Warren was a wonderful
resource for AMA, and an
expert in his field.”
Bob added, “During the
entire time I was the coordinator for the Frequency Committee,
[Warren] served as the secretary for the group. His minutes
(actually more like ‘hours’) were an invaluable aid in helping the
group, and me as a layman, keep track of the very complicated
discussions, especially through the periods of the 72 MHz
narrowbanding and later when the FCC wanted to throw in
additional commercial users.
“I have read some of those [meeting] documents quite
recently as I sorted through the volumes of items I have
here at home. The reading brought a number of chuckles—
especially concerning items which Warren may have had some
disagreement with during the deliberations. With those items
there were always some subtle ‘editorial’ comments dealing
with the conclusions. In many ways, those comments served as a
very good counterbalance to the discussions and in a few cases,
excellent referral material at a later date when something went
“Warren was quite a master at doing three very important
tasks. First, he played the ‘devil’s advocate’ role quite well and
asked the difficult questions in the Frequency Committee’s
“Next, he was extremely adept at getting various members
of the committee to come together from different pools of
thought and approach,” Bob continued. “It was stimulating to
watch him ‘work’ the process of bringing the very analytical,
rule-based Bill Herschberger and the ‘Let’s use a paper clip and
rubber band’-approach of George Steiner together in solving
many of our various issues. They were, indeed, a masterful team
to work with!
“[What] fond memories of important and productive
times … and of Warren!”
“I owe a tremendous debt to Warren,” Keith said. “I doubt if I
would be flying today without his quiet encouragement.”
“His expertise was invaluable to this committee, and it was an
AMA Plans Service now houses all
plans formerly sold through Model
Builder magazine, Bill Northrop’s
Plan Service, and the Scratch Builder’s
Almanac. There are more than 1,000
plans in the collection.
The Big Stik, designed in collaboration
with Mike Smith, is an enlarged version
of Phil Kraft’s popular Ugly Stik. The
100-inch wingspan aircraft for 2-cubic-
inch engines appeared in the October
1979 issue of Model Builder.
You can order the Big Stik, plans
number 10791, for $28 by calling
AMA Plans Service at (800) 435-9262,
15 Model Aviation JULY 2016