1961 control line flying was centered at an area close to Ponchatrain
Beach. Mr. Louis Roussel Jr. was
President of the New Orleans Levee Board and he wanted us to move because there
were plans to build a new subdivision nearby and he was concerned that the
noise we created would hinder sales.
Mr. Roussel used to monitor the flying area and saw how much fun we were
having so he helped us by obtaining the area we now use at City Park.
He had his
workers clear the area and used the old fence from the Gentilly field to close
in the field. (That fence is still here today.) They had an asphalt strip in the area that
dated back to the 40’s. There was a building at Gentilly that was moved to the
park. The building was termite infested
and soon vanished. The asphalt strip
was replaced by two cement circles in 1961.
of the park were not impressed and fought to have us removed from the
area. We fought and actually called on
the local Action Reporter. Member James
Mc KInney was about 8 years old then and the TV reporter took his picture. This picture helped us a lot and we rode out
that storm and now have a great working relationship with the leaders of the
was president in1973 and he went to many National AMA contests. This helped us because he made sure that we
did not make the same mistakes that happened at the Nationals at our
contests. The club sponsored both AA and
AAA contests from 1973 until1985. 1981
to 1985 was the best years for our contest.
At one time we had 83 contestants and 200 spectators.
year (1973) the club had no money to buy trophies so Robert McKInney started a
raffle to pay for the trophies. There
was no need for another raffle because the contests were all profitable.
Bruce did a lot for the club by getting trophies for the contests. When Lee stepped down in 1980 Ed Shearer assumed
‘s presidency should have been listed as the “fun time”. He was
a sport flyer and started the Balloon Bursts and other fun stuff. There were quite a few precision flyers at
that time. Blaine Buchtel flew a Nobler
and built a few WW-2 profiles in fun scale while in college. He also mentioned that in the early 60’s he
flew at the Metairie play ground. As a
side line I remember flying a ½ A twin engine P-38 at Metairie play ground on
or about 1959.
Alderman was president in the 80’s and did a lot to keep the club
together. At that time the Park leaders
did not really want us flying at the present site. They had the Park Police forbid us from
parking on the road. When we started
parking on the field they chased us off.
They wanted us to park on Scout Island which was about five blocks away
from the field. Tom Alderman found out
that the reason we were stopped from parking was because we did not have liability
insurance. He worked with the AMA and
the park accepted the insurance from them and this stopped the hassling. At this time there was another club formed by
Don Gozney and Andy Mims. Their club was
named the Dragon Flies. They joined up with
us and we formed the present Ring Masters Flying Club. During this period the club had 38 members
and had their own newsletter.
Hurricane Betsy arrived the Park quit maintaining the area because of lack of
Ed Shearer was President of
the club when I joined in 2003. At that
time Don Gozney was in charge of maintaining the field. Unfortunately the lawn mower decided to die
in 1996 and we did not have any money to replace it. So I donated the use of my Craftsman Riding
lawn mower. We were set until…..KATRINA