The SQuiRT’s travel case, which was signed by every pilot,
is not on exhibit because of its size and the fragility of the
signatures. The crate is wrapped and safely tucked away in
the museum’s storage area.
Left in the Pilot’s Assistance Fund
was $62 in cash. It was found
while cataloging the artifacts for
the collection. At organizer Frank
Geisler’s request, this was money
was donated to the museum
through the AMA Foundation, in
honor of all of the Wings Across
Left: The exhibit was designed and
installed by museum intern Max
Below: The Squirt soda can
might look full, but it isn’t—it was
emptied through a small hole in
dramatically. It goes through the roof,” he
These statistics, and some of Eric’s personal
experiences, motivated him to suggest to the
AMA Executive Council that it encourage
clubs to purchase AEDs for their flying sites
and events by including the purchases in the
AMA Flying Site Improvement Grant program.
Council members agreed approved his idea and
a motion was passed.
“The average age of our members is
approximately 58 years old. We fly in remote
locations and AEDs are important because
we’re older and an aging demographic. There’s
a better chance that we could be subjected
to cardiac arrest and not close to emergency
services,” Eric stated, adding that AMA cares
about its members’ well-being. Only one
club to date has applied for a Flying Site
Improvement Grant to purchase an AED.
Wings Across America 2008 Exhibit
The Wings Across America 2008
adventure is over, but its legacy lives on at
the National Model Aviation Museum. After
five years, 812 pilots, and 26,587 miles, the
SQuiRT that flew in all 48 contiguous states
through a chain of pilots, can be seen on
exhibit in the museum’s ingenuity corner.
Included with the SQuiRT are several pieces
of radio equipment and other items that also
made the trip—most notably the good luck
Photo collages showcasing the Wings
Across America 2008’s adventure are also
exhibited. The SQuiRT and the artifacts
were donated in honor of “Those Who
Shared Our Dream; Promoting Model
Aviation—One Pilot at a Time.”
Because the SQuiRT can no longer travel,
the exhibit can be explored online at www.
modelaircraft.org/museum/waa or can be
found in museum blogs at http://amablog.
At the right are a few peeks behind the
If you have any memories of flying the
SQuiRT, please feel free to share them with
Maria at firstname.lastname@example.org. And, of
course, come visit the SQuiRT for yourself!
Big John the First
AMA Plans Service now houses all plans
formerly sold though Model Builder magazine
Bill Northrop’s Plans Service, and the Scratch
Builder’s Almanac. There are more than 1,000
plans in the collection.
Each month, “In the Air” will highlight one
of these plans. This month is Big John the
First. Big John the First, designed and drawn
by Bill Northrop, has a 763/4-inch wingspan
with a length of 561/4 inches. This model was
featured on the cover of Model Builder in
November 1973. Holding the aircraft is Bill
You can order Big John the First, plans
number N101, for $22 by calling AMA Plans
Service at (800) 435-9262, extension 507.
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