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The Transatlantic Flight of "The Spirit of Butts' Farm" … and the Launch of the Drone Industry

I remember my first model airplane. It was a control-line airplane – a blue-and-yellow model of the Fairchild PT-19 trainers the U.S. Army Air Corps used during primary flight training – before the cadets soloed.

The model was powered by the venerable Cox .049 “Half-A” motor. And I sure hope the Air Corps cadets had a better time flying the real thing than I did flying that model. I crashed it every time I attempted to fly it and my Dad had no better luck.

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