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As Model Air­plane News closes in on the cen­tury mark, pas­sion con­tin­ues to run deep here at Air Age about the fas­ci­nat­ing world of flight. We are proud of our sto­ried his­tory and have now joined the elite ranks of the few mag­a­zine brands that can boast this suc­cess and longevity.

Model Air­plane News grew out of the Golden Age of Flight dur­ing the late 1920s, when record-set­ting pi­lots and rad­i­cal new de­signs in­spired a young gen­er­a­tion to cre­ate its own model winged ad­ven­tures. The first is­sue costs just 15 cents, and ba­sic stick & tis­sue air­plane kits started at 35 cents and up to a few dol­lars.

Fast-for­ward nine decades and to­day’s en­thu­si­asts can re­ward their flight pas­sion with amaz­ing ad­vance­ments in tech­nol­ogy and vir­tu­ally no bar­ri­ers to en­try thanks to ex­cit­ing in­no­va­tions, in­clud­ing on­board sta­bi­liza­tion sys­tems that can com­pen­sate for pilot er­ror and wind to main­tain level flight, su­per light­weight ma­te­ri­als, ad­vanced power and bat­tery sys­tems that al­low for ex­tra-long fly­ing du­ra­tion, outof-the-box su­per-scale de­tail, spread-spec­trum 2.4GHz ra­dio mod­u­la­tion for im­me­di­ate fly­ing and no fre­quency has­sle, real tur­bine en­gines, and much more.

That first is­sue also in­cluded full-size plans to build a 3-foot-span, rub­ber-pow­ered Ford Tri­mo­tor mono­plane, and we con­tinue to cel­e­brate that tra­di­tion with our photo-il­lus­trated an­nual Plans Guide, which fea­tures 132 of your all-time fa­vorite de­signs. Would you be­lieve we have amassed more than

700 plans, cre­ated by some of the world’s top aero­nau­ti­cal en­gi­neers, de­sign­ers, crafts­men, and mod­el­ers of the 20th cen­tury? From gi­ant-scale war­birds and elec­tric sport fliers to pat­tern ships, you can bet you'll find your ideal build­ing pro­ject here.

Model Air­plane News has grown into an iconic brand that con­tin­ues to keep pace with mod­el­ing and me­dia trends. A con­stantly chang­ing me­dia land­scape has given us the op­por­tu­nity to en­gage read­ers with the high­est-qual­ity con­tent any­time, any­where through dig­i­tal, so­cial, and print chan­nels.

Just as it has been for 90 years, Model Air­plane News is your mag­a­zine, and we want to con­tinue to in­spire, in­form, and en­ter­tain you, our loyal read­ers. We ap­pre­ci­ate and en­cour­age your feed­back, so drop us a line at [email protected] or leave us a post on our Face­book page. We hope to hear from you soon.

Here’s to the next 90 years of flight!

Air Age, Inc., CEO Louis DeFrancesco, grand­son of founder Ge­orge Camp­bell Johnson, holds the De­cem­ber 1957 is­sue of Model Air­plane News. The art­work by leg­endary il­lus­tra­tor Jo Ko­tula was used to re-cre­ate the cover for our Jan­uary 2019 is­sue.

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