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.