Tri-City Modelers flyin’ high in San Manuel

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

The Tri-City Modelers.

  The Tri City Modelers are a group of people who enjoy radio controlled model aviation. The group was formed in 1989 in San Manuel, Arizona with seven members. The members were primarily employees of the Magma Copper Company and lived in the towns of Mammoth, Oracle and San Manuel. When the nearby subdivision of SaddleBrooke was established, the group’s membership increased. After the mine and smelter were shutdown, their numbers decreased.

  Today there are around 20 active members, some from Mammoth, Oracle and San Manuel but most of them from SaddleBrooke.

Takeoffs and landings are at the model airstrip at the east end of San Manuel.

  In 1993, a 230’ by 30’ paved runway was laid. The runway size was increased to 330’ in length in 2001. An 18’ by 36’ ramada was built in 1998 to protect everyone from the hot sun. The Tri City RC Airfield is located off of Veterans Memorial Blvd. near San Manuel. The entrance is approximately ¼ mile past E. Main Street on the north side of the boulevard. The public is welcome to come and watch the members fly their aircraft. The airfield is located on BHP property and is leased to the club. The club is at the airfield on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

  The members are made up of people of different backgrounds. Many are ex-military including some that were pilots.

  “Most of us flew model aircraft when we were kids,” said one member.

  “Some just love airplanes,” said another.

From this perspective, the planes don’t look like models.

  The members talked about how the model airplanes have changed over the years. When they were kids, they had to build their own out of balsa wood kits. Now, they are mostly made of foam. The radio controllers have improved so it is now easier to land and harder to crash.

  The Tri City Modelers club is open for membership. Youths and families are encouraged to join. To become a member, you must first become a member of the Academy of Model Aeronautics. For the Tri-City Modelers there is a $50 annual membership fee, $5 for youth or $60 for families. The membership fees are used to pay for the BHP lease and maintain the airfield and runway.

  For more information contact Bob Gellatly at 360-739-1891 or visit their website: www.tricitymodelers.com.

   

John Hernandez (710 Posts)

John Hernandez lives in Oracle. He is retired and enjoys writing and traveling. He is active in the Oracle Historical Society. He covers numerous public events, researches historical features and writes business/artist profiles.


Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather
Facebooktwitterby feather

Comments are closed.

  • Additional Stories

    Lowe’s volunteers help makeover the Superior Food Bank

    October 20th, 2018
    by

      Last week, employees from the Lowe’s at Ellsworth descended on Superior with the mission to do some good.   […]


    Sixth Annual DECA Fill-A-Bowl set for Nov. 2

    October 20th, 2018
    by

      The Superior High School DECA Club will host the 6th annual Fill-A-Bowl fundraiser on Friday, Nov. 2, 2018.  Tickets […]


    Superior Dance Company to perform at State Fair

    October 20th, 2018
    by

      The Superior Dance Company will be performing at the Arizona State Fair on Sunday, Oct. 21, at 2 p.m. […]


    Miner Swimmers do well at CDO Classic

    October 20th, 2018
    by

      On Saturday, Oct. 13, Miner Swimmers competed in the CDO Classic Swim Meet at the Oro Valley Aquatic Center.  […]


  • Additional Stories

    Turnovers costly in Miner loss at Globe

    October 20th, 2018
    by

      The San Manuel football team turned the ball over too many times, squandering prime scoring opportunities, in its 47 […]


    San Manuel Senior Center seeking new leadership

    October 20th, 2018
    by

      The San Manuel Senior Center is in transition with the resignation of Dorothy Van Dielen, President and Robert Van […]


    Mammoth Police Report – October 17, 2018

    October 20th, 2018
    by

      According to state law, there are two methods by which police may arrest suspected offenders. The suspect may be […]


    Plans continue for block party in Mammoth

    October 20th, 2018
    by

       The Mammoth Fiesta Committee would like to share some more exciting news with the public as well as provide […]


  • Copperarea

  • [Advertisement.]
  • [Advertisement.]
  • [Advertisement.]
  • Southeast Valley Ledger