The Beginning 

In late 1967, the foundations of the Memphis Prop Busters model airplane club were laid during a gathering at the home of Lester Goldsmith, a 15-year-old enthusiast, in Memphis, TN. This initial meeting brought together a group of pilots who regularly flew their model airplanes at Audubon Park. Thanks to the favorable weather conditions that prevail in the area, the club quickly became very active, allowing its members to indulge in their passion for most of the year.

Audubon Park in Memphis, TN had a designated area for model airplane flying from the 1950s and Control-Line model airplanes were flown since the completion of the park. Radio Controlled model airplanes in the 1950s and 60s were very scarce due to price and reliability. In the 1960s it was common to see 25-30 control line pilots and many spectators in this public park on weekends.

From May through October each year, Audubon Park was the vibrant venue for numerous fun fly events. Between 1970 and 1976, the club organized an annual AMA-sanctioned AA contest at McKellar Park. This park, another public space enhanced by the City of Memphis, was specially outfitted for control line model airplanes. It featured a paved circle dedicated to precision aerobatics (stunt), another paved and fenced circle designed for speed events, and a grassy area reserved for general flying activities.

By the mid-1970s, the affordability, appeal, and availability of radio control (R/C) systems and airplanes saw a significant increase, leading many club members to engage in both Control Line (C/L) and R/C flying. As the decade progressed, the shift towards R/C became more pronounced, with individuals branching out to other open spaces or joining other R/C club fields. This period marked a rapid expansion of R/C flying as a hobby.

In 1980, Barry Stein, a 20-year-old member of the club, spearheaded the transformation of the club into a Radio Control (R/C) focused group. During the summer of that year, after an extensive search, he discovered an ideal flying site in Collierville, TN. This breakthrough came when the Collierville R/C Club, a small but established group, agreed to share their field with the Memphis Prop Busters, marking a significant collaboration between the two clubs.

In late 1991, the City of Collierville revoked the flying site privileges previously extended, a decision driven by escalating complaints from homeowners in the area. What was once rural and open had become increasingly populated, and the situation reached a tipping point when a model airplane from the field crashed into a nearby residence.

Randy Cohn, alongside a group of committed modelers, secured a new site at the intersection of Winchester Road and Forest-Hill Irene Road in 1991, relocating parts of the clubhouse from the previous Frank Rd location. This site served as our base until 1996.

In 1995, a site at 3945 Inglewood (known as Airline Road back in 1995) in Arlington, TN was acquired, with flying activities commencing in 1996—a site that continues to be the club’s home to this day. Components of the clubhouse and the lawn mower shed were once again transported to this new location.

Over the years, significant improvements have been made in field maintenance and amenities, including the addition of a weather-tight and climate controlled clubhouse, a weather station and lighting. The club, well-organized and efficiently managed, boasted 105 members in 2023.

The flying field is located 1.5 miles north of Hwy 64, on Inglewood Place. The road name changed some time ago, but many map services still show Inglewood Place as Airline Road. If you reach Airline Road and Hwy 64, you need to go one stop light West on 64 and take a right onto Inglewood Place.

From Memphis/ 240 Loop: Take I-40 East towards Nashville and take Exit 18 to turn right on Hwy 64 towards Somerville. The next red light after Houston Levee is called Inglewood Place to the left, and Reed Hooker to the right. Take a left onto Inglewood, and the field is 1.5 miles on your right.

From I-40 East of Memphis: Follow I-40 until you reach exit 24A I-269/HWY 385. Take that exit to go Left/South on I-269/HWY 385. Take the first exit (Donelson Farms) for Inglewood Place. Take a left onto Inglewood Place from the offramp, and the field will be 1.1 miles on your left.

From Cordova: Take Germantown Parkway North to Hwy 64/Stage Road and turn right towards Somerville. The next red light after Houston Levee is called Inglewood Place to the left, and Reed Hooker to the right. Take a left onto Inglewood, and the field is 1.5 miles on your right.

From Collierville: Take Houston Levee Road North to Hwy 64. Turn right onto Hwy 64. Your next stoplight is called Inglewood Place to the left, and Reed Hooker to the right. Take a left onto Inglewood, and the field will be 1.5 miles on your right.