Welcome the Charlotte Aeromodelers Photo Website. We hope you will enjoy your time viewing the photos of our clubs activities and that you stick around awhile to get to know us better. Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or need membership information. John P. Metcalf, Club Safety Officer
- Kitty Hawk North Carolina
Some shots taken at Kill Devil Hills, home of Orville and Wilbur's historic first flight.
- McCracken Aerodrome Field Pictures
- Our New Home: McCracken Aerodrome
The following photos provide a glimpse of our move from Little Airfield to the new site located off of Hwy's 218 and 200 in Union Country. Thanks to Dale Hursey and Lee Eckert for their Google and camera work.
- Our Old Home: Little Airfield
This is a collection of random shots taken at the Charlotte Aeromodelers' Little Airfield and a few thrown in just for fun. Check it out and you might catch a glimpse of yourself in there somewhere. Or you might have bad memories of a lost plane, the one who had a date with Terafirma (the dirt so to speak). Keep checking in often and stay on your toes.
- 2016 Warbirds Fly In
Our 16th Annual Warbirds Fly in where 42 pilots gathered to fly up their stuff in perfect fall weather. We had raffles along with the best Bbq east of the Catawba River. We raised over $1000 to donate to the Purple Heart Foundation. They use their money to support veteran Purple Heart recipients' widows. Photos by John Davis, David Stacy, and John Metcalf.
- 2016 Fall Pattern Clasic
Photos provided by Brian Ward from Fall Pattern Classic 2016
- 2016 Model Aviation Day
The Charlotte Aeromodelers celebrates National Model Aviation Day on August 13, 2016. Photos by John Davis
- 2016 No Hassle Glider Day
A number of glider enthusiasts enjoyed a day of no hassle soaring. Plan to enjoy another day in July 2017. Photos by John Davis
- 2016 Joe Nall at its Best
Photos from John Davis from Joe Nall 2016
- 2016 April Pattern Meet
April 2016 Pattern Contest hosted by the Charlotte Aeromodelers.
Photos by John Davis
- 2016 Spring Fly In
On a beautiful spring morning, pilots and guests were greeted by the sight and sounds of the Charlotte Aeromodelers spring fly in. We had 32 registered pilots, a lot of airplanes of every shape and size, music by the DJ Dave Mohr, great food and deserts, and a lot of cash give aways. And a chance to make and renew friendships.
Photos by John Davis
- Home Page Photos
Hi all, here are a few shots of action at the field. Day in and Day out fun on the prop!!!
- 2015 Fall Fly IN
We had 45 registered pilots and a lot of visitors. Between flyers and guests, we had over 350 people to attend. We had a chance to honor Gene Leonard, a former member, by dedicating the gazebo as a memorial to Gene for his service to country and the club. Also, we were able to raise a very large donation to the Purple Heart Foundation who have served us anf the country well.
Photos by John Davis
Charlotte Aeromodelers Fall Fly-In in support of the purple Heart Veterans.
What a day! We setup Friday night for the one event that is my favorite, “The Purple Heart Veterans Chapter 634”. This is the one event that we can help those who gave us the freedom we have today. These guys are special to me, attending several of their meeting hearing what they went through and what they are still going through today! Our country needs to take better care of these men and women . We started this event 3 years ago and it makes me proud to raise funds to give to this chapter to help those who served.
It was a frosty morning, the sun was out and I knew it was going to be a great day. Kathy and I started making coffee as we knew the vets, pilots and guest would need a hot cup of coffee and some great pastry’s to start off the day! The club had $4000.00 in raffle prizes, BBQ Pork, prepared by our own Bobby Helms and his family and the field looked great. We had red white and blue banners down the spectator fence and flight line. We open the event with Commander Mike Stubbs and the member of chapter 634 presenting our colors and prayers for those who fought for our country and those who gave the ultimate price for freedom.
John Metcalf dedicated the Gazebo to Gene Leonard. Gene left us this year with his battle with cancer. He Loved to fly and will be missed by all. Gene was a D-Day survivor and it is a Honor to dedicate our gazebo to him.
Jeff Stubbs flew his British Hawk for our noon show! This aircraft value is around $20,000.00 and it flew like a trainer. Well, Jeff at least made it look like that. He is a fantastic pilot and brought the crowd to their feet! After the flight he let Kids, Dads, Moms, Vets and yes, even me to get our pictures with his bird.
Overall everything went great. To all the CAM members, Thank You, without your support it would not have happened!
Bob Grunden, CAM President
- 2015 AMA Model Aviation Day
AMA Model Aviation Day was a hit with guests and pilots alike. We had 34 registered pilots and a lot of fun flying up the day. This fly in was used to collect canned goods and donations for Loaves and Fishes. The barrel was overflowing. Both the donation along with the canned goods went directly to the organization to help feed the homeless.
Photos by John Davis.
- All Glider Day 2015
This was the Charlotte Aeromodelers' 2015 No Hassle All Glider Day. Beautiful day with 20 pilots gliding through the air with the greatest of ease. A really quiet day at the airfield. We had powered takeoff, winch and high start takeoff, and towed takeoff; take your pick.
Photos by John Davis
- Fun Days at the Aeromodeler Field
Photos by John Davis
- 2015 Spring Fly In
50 pilots registered, great weather, great food, 150 guests, and a good time by all. At the lunch break, the club held a ceremony dedicating the gazebo as the Gene Leonard Gazebo for his service to the club and the nation as a WWII veteran. Nothing else to say!!!
- 2014 Fall Fly In Photos by John Davis
Well, what can you say. This was a great fly in. It had something to offer everyone who attended. If you missed it, you really missed it.
This fly in was in honor of our wounded veterans, the Purple Heart Foundation.
Our club donated a "large" portion of the day's proceeds to these worthy veterans who gave a part of their lifer so we could and can enjoy our freedom.
For the day, we had 56 registered pilots, 400+ in attendance, the best BBQ east of the Catawba (thank you James, Dell, and Tim, Jimmy, and John) the number one DJ, Dave Mohr, the girls from Zumba (thank you Lou Ann), and our wounded veterans.
Already looking forward to next year when we can do it again!!!
- 2014 AMA National Model Aviation Day
The Charlotte Aeromodelers held their second annual National Model Aviation Day on August 16. We supported Loaves and Fishes as our charity and had a great day collecting food donations as well as flying it up. Photos by John Davis.
- 2014 Joe Nall
Passing along a few photos from Joe Nall 2014. Photos by John Davis
- 2014 Aeromodelers' Spring Fly In
The Charlotte Aeromodelers Spring 2014 Fly-In was held on May 10. Despite being Mothers' Day weekend and the start of Joe Nall, we had a good turnout. The Fly In was accompanied by the great MC Dave Mohr, and fine table top cooking by Troi Miller.
Photos by John Davis.
- 2013 Warbirds Over Monroe
A beautiful day for warbirds and celebration of our veterans' service to our country.
- 2013 Gene Leonard's B17 Ride Over Charlotte
Eugene (Gene) Leonard, the Charlotte Aeromodelers' oldest and still active member, had a ride of a lifetime on November 7 in a B17 named the "Aluminum Overcast", based out of Oshkosh, WI.
The ride was donated to Gene through Dale Ensing, another Aeromodelers member, as a recognition of his WWII service and in honor of Veterans' Day.
Gene began his service as an 18 year old in 1943. Soon after his basic training he was deployed to Fort Knox to become a member of the Third Armored Division and placed in a tank. As he said, the Army thought if he could drive a tractor, he could drive a tank.
First assignment was to head over to England to ready for D-Day under Generals Patton and Eisenhower. He came ashore on Normandy Beach in his tank and went on to become a tank commander as a Tech Sergeant. He also participated in two more major battles, the Battle of the Bulge, and the Crossing of the Rhine River, before chasing the Nazis into Berlin. The only wounds he received were two frost bitten feet in Belgium. He gives the Glory to God for his and his tank mates coming home alive.
The next time you see Gene, tell him Thank You.
- 2013 Fall Warbird Fly In
What a day!!! With 52 registered pilots, and 350+ people in attendance, it made for a special day.
Charlotte Aeromodelers combined its rainout Warbirds Event with the Annual Fall Fly In to make for a spectacular day.
The Warbirds Event was to support the Wounded Warrior Project. Although it was rained out, the club and individual donors made a sizeable donation in their name to the AMA.
Now for the fun!
This event gave special recognition to the Purple Heart Foundation by showing them the red carpet. We are making a sizeable donation to their group to help other wounded soldiers in our region.
The club had well over $3000 in prizes for the general raffle; a donated ride on the WWII Aluminum Overcast B17 and an oil painting of the B17 as another raffle prize; and an auction for a framed US flag that flew over Afghanistan on a drone mission along with a certificate of authenticity.
Then we had the big BBQ that fed 200+ people. Always a treat.
The weather was perfect and the party was big.
Section 1 photos by John Metcalf.
- Sod Busters Fly In August 2013
A big pilot-crowd shows up for some nifty flying at the Sod Busters Fly In in Camden SC. Photos by John P. Metcalf
- Joe Nall 2013
Photos by John Davis
- Aeromodelers 2013 Spring Fly In
It definitely was a cold and windy day but the flying was good and the food, prepared by the incomparable James the "Plug" Ritch BBQ was fantastic. We had 28 registered flyers, a great time and the best camaraderie amongst flyer and neighbors. Photos by John Metcalf and John Davis.
- A Day at the Field Feb 2013
Photos from the field taken on Feb. 6th. Beautiful day with blue skies, warm temps and low wind ! Enjoy! photos by John Davis
- 2012 Fall Fly In
- Large and Dangerous Rocket Ships 31st Annual Gathering
I had the opportunity to attend the 31st Annual LDRS gathering (Large and Dangerous Rocket Ships) in Potter, NY (Finger Lakes region south of Rochester) over the July 12-15 weekend.
The launch field was on a 5000 acre farm in the heart of Amish country. The Amish neighbors love the rockets and help find them when they wonder off the launch field. A really big help to the rocket owners.
There were more than 350 registered rocketeers who took time to attend and fly some really awesome rockets. They came from as far away as Australia and many points of W. Europe and S. America.
I attended with a good friend of mine along with his students from Case Western University. The students are all studying to become aeronuatical engineers and have some really cool experiments they are pushing the limits on.
Rockets flown were of all sizes and types. From the very smallest (1/2A black powder motors) to the very largest (M, N, O, and P level AP motors). They ranged in power from less than an ounce of thrust to over 10,000 lbs. of thrust. Some rockets weighed in at less than 1 oz. and stood maybe 3 inches tall and flew a couple of hundred feet, to the big ones that towered more than 22 ft. and weighed more than 500 lbs and flew to over 20,000 ft.
You will see a video of a 1/10th scale Saturn 1B that stands 31 feet tall and has flown once before (not here though) and will fly again in the desert over labor day weekend. You will see pictures of a 15 rocket drag race where all flew the same metal storm motor. 15 took off, but only 5 made it back in one piece under parachute.
One for my bucket list.
- 2012 Electric Fly In
Our 7th Annual All Electric Fly In.
- 2012 Joe Nall
John Davis photos of Joe Nall 2012
- 2012 Spring Fly In
Photos by John Metcalf and Christina Parker.
- 2012 Discus Launch Contest
Photos by John Davis
- Fun At The Field On A Winter Day
Photos by John Davis
- 2011 Warriors and Warbirds
Another great airshow to honor our veterans who have served and sacrificed for our freedom.
- 2011 Triple Tree E-week
Photos taken by John Davis.
- 2011 Fall Fly In
The Charlotte Aeromodelers' 11th Annual Fall Fly In was a great success. The day started with rain and fog but lifted around 11 am. After that it was catie bar the door as more than 25 pilots took to the air to fly what they brung. They brought everything from small electrics to giant scale planes and helicopters. The BBQ cooked by Plug and his crew made it a very special day feeding over 125 people. Bliss Teague, our Area 4 AMA VP came to help us celebrate the day of flying and listening to the modelers.
Photo credits: John P. Metcalf, John Davis, and Mitch Correll.
- 2011 All Helicopter Event
Our second annual All Helicopter event was a great success with 24 registered pilots. This will prove to be a bigger and better event every year to come.
- 2011 Trikes Wings & Blues
Our annual family day combined with our great landowners Doug and LouAnn McCracken's A Wing and a Chair customer appreciation day for the second year. This was a great day with the weather (a little hot), the food, the band, and the Aeromodeler members who flew it up. In addition to the music provided by the Good Time Band, there was a 50/50 raffle, an egg toss contest, popsicles for the children (and young thinking adults) and a candy drop performed by our own Ray Anderson.Photos by John Metcalf and John Davis
- 2011 All Electric
Beautiful sunny skies, a light breeze and 37 registered pilots plus guests made for a great day of flying and good old Charlotte Aeromodeler hospitality.
Photos by John P. Metcalf
- 2011 Joe Nall
Another fantastic year for the "Nall" where RC enthusiasts gather every year to give homage to the biggest scale birds in the sky.
Photos by John P. Metcalf
- 2011 Spring Fly In
The Charlotte Aeromodelers hosted their 11th Annual Spring Fly In with 37 registered pilots and many guests. Photo credits: John Davis and John P. Metcalf
- 2010 Take Off and Grow
On October 16, 2010 the Charlotte Aeromodelers sponsored its first AMA Takeoff and Grow event by hosting community leaders, neighbors, and scout organizations to a day of hands on instruction, flight simulation, flying exhibitions, and some great food. Because of this event we secured four new memberships. Thank you volunteers for making this a day of putting smiles on both the young and the old.
- 2010 Aeromodelers' Fall Fly In
First, 46 registered pilots, 150+ guests/spectators, great neighbors, and the best BBQ east of the Catawba river made for the best of fly ins.
Many thanks to our members who put in a lot of work behind the ropes so those at the flight line could enjoy themselves. And a special thanks to our hobby shop sponsors: Helicopter Hobbies, Hobby Town Monroe, KC Hobbies, WINGS, Charlotte Aircraft Modeling, and Hobby Stop.
- Rockets Go Up and They Come Down
Some clips from the 2010 Freedom Launch in Orangeburg, SC over the Labor Day weekend. What goes up must come down!!! That's Rocket Man Bill Kent of our club who flies rockets as well as airplanes.
- Blues Trikes and Wings
Doug and LouAnn McCracken held their "A Wing and a Chair" open house at the Charlotte Aeromodelers airfield on Saturday August 28. They hosted their great friends, neighbors and customers to an afternoon of food, music, and some great flying. Everyone enjoyed themselves. A big hand to Doug and LouAnn for a job well done. It was a pleasure to see the bikes and wings do their thing.
- 2010 No Hassle Glider Day
It was our 5th annual no hassle glider day and all had a glider load of fun. An awesome day with 23 glider pilots having a hand at conquering the skies with their glider machines. Everything from winch launch, discus launch, and powered launch filled the air. A great surprise was having Larry Moore come visit after his great escape from the physical rehab. Check out his flying with a little help from his friend, "Plug". Also check out the Roger Krenzin glider, it dates back 35 years when he was a pilot in Ecuador. And check Jamie Carpenter's scale plane and its workmanship.
- 2010 Helicopter Fly In
On Saturday July 31, 2010 the Charlotte Aeromodelers hosted the 1st Annual All Helicopter Fly In at our little slice of heaven. We had 17 registered pilots and 40 spectators to make it a great day to fly.
- 2010 All Electric Fly In
It was a different day with the smooth sounds of electric power. 31 registered pilots made it a great day to fly.
- Joe Nall 2010
An exceptional day at the Nall. Once again it did not disappoint those many thousands who attended.
Several great sequences of Max Hodges and his B29, Quiki and his demo, and who can forget the German pilots and their Euro Fighters.
- 2010 Spring Fly In
40 registered pilots plus 120 guests made for a fantastic gathering under perfect skies. It definitely was "Blue Skies" to our flying friends. Pictures by John Metcalf, Christina Brown and John Davis.
- Warriors and Warbirds Airshow 2009
While we have a chance to remember the sacrifices the best generation of all gave for our liberties, this album gives you a glimpse of the flying machines that helped them win it in every theatre they were active. (Monroe Airshow 2009)
- Grand Opening Fly In 2009
It might have been cool and damp, but the flyers came to fly it up at the Charlotte Aeromodelers Grand Opening of their new McCracken Aerodrome. Forty Two (42) registered flyers and 120+ guests were entertained by some great flying, and the best Pork BBQ east of the Catawba. Bliss Teague, AMA Area IV Vice-president attended and took part in the field dedication ceremony and presented the club with an Area IV and AMA flag that will be proudly displayed on the field's flag pole. Photos by John Metcalf, Jason Jones and John Davis
- Thank You Fly In
This was a big day for three "sister" clubs that came together to enjoy flying, swapping stories, making new friends and for the Charlotte Aeromodelers to say thank you to the Flying Aces and the York County Flyers. We said thank you for allowing our membership to use their airfields while our club was moving to the new site. Thanks to Dale Hursey, Charlotte Aeromodelers, and Jason Jones, York County Flyers, for contributing pictures to this album.
- Club's First Community Event
The Charlotte Aeromodelers welcomed the community's Antique Tractor show to its new McCracken Aerodrome on Saturday September 12, 2009. Many of our new neighors came to enjoy flying demonstrations, tractors, and ice cream. Photos courtesy of John Metcalf and Lee Eckert.
- Joe Nall 2009
Another great year. 868 registered pilots makes a record
- Doug and LouAnn McCracken's Annual BBQ Drop In
Doug and LouAnn McCracken, our club's new landowners, opened their doors to their third annual BBQ Drop In. Doug and LouAnn are owners of A Wing and a Chair where they convert motorcycles to Trikes, and build sidecars. As you can see, the partygoers had a wonderful time. The food was great, the band was great, and the hospitality was exceptional.
- Tora Tora
The return of the Japanese Zeros to Monroe Airport on Sunday November 9.
Pictures courtesy of Dale Hursey.
- Big Fly In Fall 2008
This was the Aeromodelers biggest and most successful fly in to date. The weather cleared, the clouds parted, and the sun came out late. But it did not spoil the fun. The club and its members went all out to make the guests and flyers feel welcome. With $6000 in donated raffle prizes and two of the best Big Pig BBQ cooks in the state, the pilots and guests had a great time.
- Cub Scout Third Annual Outing 2008
What a day. With more than 150 cub scouts, cub masters, parents, club members, and visitors, the Charlotte Aeromodelers hosted 6 packs and 1 boy scout troop at Little airfield for a day of building models, flying planes with a "buddy box" and flying on several computer simulators.
We don't know if the scouts or the parents had the most fun.
- All Glider Day 2008
The Aeromodelers 3rd Annual "No Hassle Glider Day".
This was a great day for gliding around the blue skies of the Carolinas. With 33 pilots and more than 70 gliders on hand, it made this the most successful "no hassle glider day".
- All Electric Fly In 2008
Our Third Annual All Electric Fly In was held on Saturday June 21 with 31 pilots in attendance, representing 6 different clubs (one as far away as Vero Beach FL), and a number of guests.
This Fly In was dedicated to Bob Schlachter, a long time member and good friend, wishing him a speedy recovery.
As always, everyone had a wonderful time flying and making new friends. There were a few winners as well, as Hobby Stop, Rock Hill, and Wings, Oakboro, stepped up and donated raffle prizes that helped the club.
Photos by John Metcalf, Rick Harn, and Richard Early
- Joe Nall 2008
Another great year for Joe Nall. Spectacular noon time demonstrations. Checkout the Mack Hodges B-29 sequence again this year; and the 3D jetting by our German friends. Photos by John Metcalf
- Spring Fly In 2008
The Aeromodelers' 2008 flying season kicked off with the 7th Annual Spring Fly-In on April 19 as the club's members and guests raised money for two very worthy charities - MS Foundation and Juvenile Leukemia Foundation. With 38 registered pilots, the club was able to donate $800 to the charities. A big thank you to all the guests and members who made it happen. And a big thank you to our sponsors this year, who without their generosity, it would not have happened - K/C Hobby, Hobby Stop, Charlotte Aircraft Modeling, and Korben Homes. Photos by John Metcalf, Rick Harn, and Dale Hursey, and Richard Early.
- Flying Aces Spring Fun Fly 2008
With Lowes Motor Speedway as the backdrop, the Flying Aces kicked off their spring season in style as they hosted their Club's first Fun Fly on April 12, 2008. It was a big success with over 35 pilots registered and at least an addtional 40 spectators. Bliss Teague, AMA District IV VP, was in attendance to support the Club's new adventure. And, thanks to Humpy Wheeler and the speedway, the Flying Aces have a great place to fly and meet new friends. A number of Charlotte Aeromodelers came out to support the Club at their new home. www.charlotteaeromodelers.org Pictures by John P. Metcalf
- Field Workday
A good day for the club when a number of members showed up on Saturday and Sunday to pound some nails, saw some lumber, put paint on the shed and transmitter board, and hang a new rules board. And notice, you still cannot fly before noon on Sundays. Good help can still be found. And checkout what happens if you are sitting and get painted over.
- Fall Family Day
We had a blast as a number of pilots tried their hand at the "fun fly" antics Jmmy Ritch setup while family members and guests lookwed on. And the young ones (a few older ones too) had fun with Ray Anderson pulling duty of dropping the candy. See you all next year. Photos contributed by John Metcalf, Dale Hursey, and Roger Early.
- 2007 Monroe Airshow
Pictures of the 1st Annual Monroe Airshow honoring our veterans. You can spot our club member, Roger Krenzin, as he flys JAARS' Helio 1 in exhibition. Quite a show. Photos by John Metcalf
- Giant Scale Fly In 2007
7th Annual Harry McMorris Memorial Giant Scale Event held at Little Airfield on October 27, 2007. Photos by John Metcalf
- Fall Fly In 2007
Our club's annual Fall Fly In was held September 29, 2007 at Little Airfield. Photos by Gary Charnega
- "No Hassle" All Glider Day 2007
This was our second annual "No Hassle" All Glider Day. No Hassle - no landing fee, no food, no raffles, no awards, just plain good fun and fellowship. Photos by John Metcalf
- Cub Scout Outing 2007
- All Electric Fly In 2007
This was the second annual All Electric Fly In held at Little Airfield on June 9, 2007. It was attended by more than 20 pilots. Photos by John Metcalf
- 2007 IMAC Contest at Little Airfield
The Southeast Regional IMAC contest was held at Little Airfield on June 1-3, 2007. Photos by John Metcalf
- Joe Nall 2007
These photos were taken at Joe Nall 2007 duriing the Saturday events.
There are a lot of photos here, so take your time and take a look. Checkout the B-29 set. Photos by John Metcalf
- Spring Fly In 2007
Our annual Spring Fly In was held at Little Airfield on April 21, 2007. We had over 40 pilots and 100 planes entered with an additional 60 guests watching the day's events. Photos by John Metcalf
- Fall Fly In 2006
Aeromodelers host Fall Fly In 2006
- Cub Scout Day 2006
- Summer Family Day 2006
- No Hassle Glider Day 2006
First Annual No Hassle Glider Day 2006
- Joe Nall 2006
- Spring Fly In 2006
Another great day hosting the Spring Fly In 2006
- IMAC 2006
Aeromodelers hosted the Regional IMAC
- 2005 Fall Family Day
- 2005 Giant Scale
- 2005 Joe Nall
- 2005 Spring Fly In
- 2005 Fall Fly In