honor to serve with him. I learned much
from him and he will be missed,” Tony
Warren was inducted into the AMA
Model Aviation Hall of Fame in 2010.
He passed away in Ann Arbor, Michigan,
on March 29, at the age of 94. Survivors
include his sister, Doris Hansen; his three
children, Bradley Plohr, Bonnie Upton,
and Robert Plohr; and six grandchildren.
His wife of 66 years, Joan, preceded him
in death on September 19, 2015.
December 11, 1926-April 20, 2016
An AMA Model Aviation Hall of
Fame member, hobby shop owner, and
longtime Nats competitor has passed
George W. Brown Jr., age 89, Staten
Island, New York, flew full-scale aircraft
while serving with the U.S. Navy as a
tail gunner and ammunitions personnel
in World War II and the Korean War.
He also was a tool-and-die maker and
worked for Proctor and Gamble.
In 1971, along with his wife, Mary
Louise, he opened Brownie’s Pro and
Sport Hobbies on Staton Island, which
is still operated today by his son. George
became involved in model aviation at
a young age and scratch-built several
models. He taught many who lived on
Staten Island how to fly.
In the mid-1940s, George was a charter
member and president of the Sky Devil
Model Flying Club. In the 1950s, he was
a charter member and president of the
Snafu Aeronauts, and became an AMA
contest director and Leader Member.
From 1964 to roughly 1975, George
was a member of and served as president
of the Staten Island Speed Team. In the
mid-1970s, he started a modeling group
called the Staten Island Modelers.
He competed in Control Line (CL)
Speed Mirror Meets and in several Nats
across the country, where he set some CL
Speed records. He was honored with the
Sportsmanship Award at the 1966 Nats.
George also enjoyed flying RC, Free
Flight, and gliders. He was inducted into
the AMA Model Aviation Hall of Fame
in 2001. He is survived by four sons, two
daughters, 10 grandchildren, and several
great-grandchildren. His wife preceded
him in death on October 25, 2015.
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