Mike Olson, with their
A bird’s-eye view of Nats registration. (Source: N
Navy personnel Don Kinder helps 8
Members of the Valley Circle Burners (Source:
National Model Aviation Museum Archives,
#0001 AMA Collection.)
R): Cliff Telford and Lt. Bob Violett
Ed Keck readies his airplane for takeoff.
• More than 500 trophies and prizes
were awarded at this Nats.
• There were several “National
• Reid Simpson won the Grand
National Champion and Open
National Champion titles.
• Bill Hunter was Senior National
• Dan Wakerly was Junior
• The Oakland Cloud Dusters club
was Club Team Champion.
• The United States Air Force team
was the National Team Champion.
• Three official events were added
to Control Line in this year, and one
official and two unofficial events were
added to Free Flight (FF). The number
of RC events remained the same as the
• The event with the most registered
contestants was FF 1/2A Gas, with 289
entries and 182 pilots making official
flights. A close second was A Gas, with
265 entries and 172 of those entrants
making official flights.
• Although the National
Aeromodeling Championships is
referred to as the Nats today, for many
years some of the 1967 press materials
also referred to it as the “world series”
of model aviation.
• ABC’s Wide World of Sports
featured Nats competition as a
segment in a program that aired in
September 1967, according to papers
in the museum’s archives. The Little
League World Series was also featured
on that episode.
—National Model Aviation Museum staff
12 Model Aviation JULY 2017