AMA Chartered Club #563
       How do you make a grown man cry?
       It's easy! You get him to fly his airplane at the noon-time airshow in front of 1000 spectators, and while he is doing that - with his back turned to the audience - you assemble his family, and all the pilots around the announcers stand. Of course, without any eyes in the back of his head, he has no idea of what is going on behind him. Then when he lands, and turns around, you call him to the announcers stand. Gary Fitch, DVP of District II then announces to the world that he has just been inducted into the "Model Aviation Hall of Fame", class of 2008.
       I was completely flabergasted; tears came to my eyes, and my voice cracked. It was such a surprise - I didn't know what to say.
       Now that it is over, I'd like to share those precious few moments with you with a series of photos that were taken and given to me
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At this years Scale Rally, S.T.A.R.S member Jim Messer was inducted into the AMA Model Aviation Hall
of Fame. Below is a description of the moments leading to the announcement, in Jim's own words.
Waiting to fly Flying my model Just landed and turning back Called to the announcer's stand Just heard the news
Waiting to fly Flying my model Just landed and turning back Called to the announcer's stand Just heard the news
Gary Fitch presenting the award Gary Fitch presenting the award The Hall of Fame Award Accepting Congratulations Accepting Congratulations
Gary Fitch presenting the award Gary Fitch presenting the award The Hall of Fame Award Accepting Congratulations Accepting Congratulations
My 40% scale Piper J-3 Cub Me & my brother Bill Me & my wife Peg My family that could attend Pilots that attended the Rally
My 40% scale Piper J-3 Cub Me & my brother Bill Me & my wife Peg My family that could attend Pilots that attended the Rally
My first gas model in 1941 My 40% Piper J-3 in Jan 2008
My first gas model in 1941 My 40% Piper J-3 in Jan 2008
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