Freeport Radio Control Modelers Club member Jeff Burd hand-launches a
model airplane Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, at Baker's Field in Freeport.
Used with permission from The Journal-Standard and journalstandard.com
Posted Sep. 6, 2014 @ 4:56 pm
Updated Sep 6, 2014 at 4:59 PM
FREEPORT — The Freeport Radio Control Modelers Club and similar clubs in the surrounding area gathered Saturday to fly model airplanes and celebrate 50 years of Baker’s Field.
The Memorial Fun Fly honored Elmer Baker, an original club member who allowed other members to use his field to fly their model airplanes.
“It’s entertainment for a certain group of people that really enjoy flying,” said Jon Baker, son of Elmer and owner of the field. “They have fly-ins two or three times a year, and it’s fun for people to come out and watch. It’s free entertainment and it’s very nice for the city.”
— Shannon Ireland
Our History and Activities
The Freeport Radio Control Modelers Club was organized on August 3, 1963, when 12 flyers met to form a club with the objective of promoting the building and flying of radio controlled model aircraft. We now have about 40 members.
Our club is accredited by the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA Charter #253). All flying club members are required to maintain an annual membership in the AMA, which provides both liability insurance coverage and an excellent monthly magazine.
Club meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month at the Freeport Public Library at 7:00 PM from October thru May. June, July, August, and September we meet at the field at 7:00 PM, weather permitting.
A club newsletter (The Flypaper) is also sent out to all members on a monthly basis, and is also posted here along with the previous editions. (click the "Newsletters" link at the left)
Our club leases a field about 2 miles north of Freeport and 1 mile west of Hwy 26. This is a grass field maintained by club members. (see map on the directions link) We also use Duane Sneek’s private airstrip, located 6 miles South of Freeport on Prairie Del Road.
Whether your interest is learning to fly R/C, improving your flying skills, or building, or just having the chance to talk with members at the field and watch while others fly, the club offers these opportunities. Like most hobbies, the more you participate, the greater the enjoyment.
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