Model Airplane News|June 2020
The Blue Max event was founded by Mike Celesky, John Olson, and Ron Prestin, who all at the time felt that it was extremely difficult for WW I planes to compete against the more familiar heavy-metal warbirds. Documentation is just not readily available for WW I projects, so they wanted to create an event where the WW I modelers’ efforts would be recognized by other builders and fliers with similar interests.
The first two events were held at Kermit Weeks’ Fantasy of Flight Museum in Polk City, Florida. After the second event, a location change was needed to handle the larger-scale WW I RC aircraft. The event needed a dedicated flying site intended for RC planes, with amenities such as assembly tables and power outlets for charging. So, Scott Lee, the vice president of Sanford Aero Modelers, welcomed the opportunity to hold the event. The Blue Max moved to its permanent home at the Sanford Aero Modelers’ field in 2012.
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