Bong Eagles Free Flight Club Welcomes You- 2021

AMA Charter 2258

Newsletter: Tales of the Eagles

Objective of the Eagles:  Promote camaraderie and competition among flyers of free flight model aircraft in the Southern Wisconsin /  Northern Illinois Area.

Who are the Bong Eagles: The Bong Eagles are a free flight model airplane club based in south-eastern Wisconsin. The Bong Eagles are affiliated with the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA = ), the USA Community of aircraft modelers, which promotes safe and sane operation of model aircraft. The name comes from their favorite flying field, Bong Recreational Area near Burlington, Wisconsin, where they hold outdoor free flight contests. In normal times, during the winter months indoor contests and fun flying take place in Racine Memorial Hall in Racine, Wisconsin.  Because of precautions against the COVID-19 Virus these meets had been suspended, but as of October 6, 2021 they will resume. See Events and the Flying Sites – Indoor pages for updates.

 Why Fly Free Flight Planes:  Why do modelers still fly planes without radio control, almost as they would have over 80 years ago?  First of all, you surmount the challenge of making and adjusting something that will fly well as it leaves your hand or the launch table.   You need to adjust control surfaces and propeller thrust line, and position the center of gravity, for the plane to fly well in climb and glide.  You can build light, without radio gear, and use less power. These challenges give the Eagles a thrill and a sense of accomplishment.

P-30 Launch-Ken Miller photo

Acknowledgements: As someone who has participated in Contests sponsored by the Bong Eagles for over 10 years, I would like to thank all the members who have shown me hospitality, even before I joined the Club.  I’d also like to thank those Eagles who took the trouble to get AMA Sanction and listing in Model Aviation for the contests.  The Eagles would like to thank Ken Miller for his years of service, from before 2000 to 2014, running the website and taking photos at events, and to thank Mike K. for restarting it on WordPress.  I am glad that website content management is getting ever easier, and that Mike and I can bring the site up to date again.  Given the constraints of the 2020-2021 pandemic, with fewer normal contacts between members, the website is more important.  We hope we can bring more folks into this wonderful hobby.


Next Indoor flying date – February 2, 2022 at Racine Memorial Hall

See Events Page and Indoor Flying page for updates on Indoor flying at Memorial Hall and for an alternative location, run by the Winnebago County RC Flyers in Oshkosh, WI

Bong Eagles Sponsors a Flying Aces Club Squadron – #38 the “Lightning Aces”

Members of the Bong Eagles who are also members of the Flying Aces Club may now be assigned to our new FAC Squadron. Members who join Flying Aces and receive their bi-monthly Newsletter for $25 per year may register at as members of the Lightning Aces Squadron of FAC. Events at our contests where members compete with FAC compatible planes are now eligible for the award of FAC Kanones. Eligible models are described on the FAC Models page under the Model Types Tab.

Dates for EAA Winter Flight Fest set – AMA Sanction Event Number 12421

Flying in The EAA AirVenture Museum for AMA members will occur on February 11-13, 2022. The public will be invited to observe on Saturday February 12. Further details are in the Flyer attached to the Events page.

Outdoor Flying Events at Bong Recreation Area for 2022

July 10, 2022 – Old Timer Contest

August 7, 2022 – Annual Outdoor contest.

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