President: Willie Johnson
It is a pleasure to serve as president for a group of individuals sharing the common interest of model aviation. This is my second stint as an officer. I previously served as secretary. I truly value the relationships, experiences and knowledge I have gained from being a member of the Millington Barnstormers R. C. Club.
My first model aircraft was a Cox control line F-15 Eagle. I was able to make a few laps with assistance of a friend launching. I was hooked but knew no one else who was into model aviation much less control line. I didn’t think at the time I could ever afford a radio-controlled model. I used the money from odd jobs and my 1 day a week paper route to purchase balsa models (built but never flown) and Flying Model magazines. With the magazines I became a student of model aviation. I was intrigued by the precision aerobatic control line models. They were beautiful works of engineering. I wanted to know how they worked and what the designers meant by moments, center of gravity and area. This sparked an interest in mathematics and science that led to 30 years plus career in engineering.
Fast forward to 2006 I decided to get back into modeling. I purchased a control line ARF, built a launching stooge and headed to a local park. I was able to do a few laps. I was now excited and dangerous. I saw an advertisement for a control line fun fly at the Millington Barnstormer’s field. I crashed my plane on take-off and the rest is history. I enjoy this hobby and this great group of modelers. My interests are fixed wing R. C. and control line but I see a quad in my future. I’m still learning, still having fun and as my good friend Jim Lynch says still “making memories”.
Vice President: George “Mike” Gibson
I’ve been interested in model aviation as a child, but never had the opportunity to really get involved growing up in New York. The closest I got to aviation, is when I joined the Marine Corps, and was assigned to aviation support, supporting various squadrons. After a lengthy career in Law enforcement, I retired and moved to Tennessee, and while at a local hobby shop I ran into a member of the Millington Barnstormers. I told him that I had an interest in model aviation and he had me follow him to the Barnstormers field. There I met Jim Stanton, and, Later Danny Tally. Danny Tally taught me how to fly fixed wing aircraft, and how to build. I’ve now been involved in model aviation since November of 2014. The members of the Millington Barnstormers are a great group, with a wealth of knowledge in model aviation. They are very supportive in helping its members improve their flying and building Skills.
My interest are mainly fixed wing, but I also started flying Helicopters, and Drones. I’ve built several ARF kits which include, war birds, sport planes, and 3Dplanes.
Treasure: Jim Stanton
I have been involved with modeling since I was 9 years old. I built the CL models form Sterling, Midwest, and Top flite just to name a few. I got out of modeling when I went into the Army in 1966. I got married in 1967 and raised a family. I moved to the Memphis area in July 2001 from California because of work. I got back into modeling that very month and joined the Barnstormers at the time. I love the RC Planes that are available in the AFR or Kit forms. Have built a few from plans
Editor’s Note: Jim is a backbone to the Millington Barnstormers. No job to large or small. We are blessed to have him.
Secretary: Merrie Thomas
I first became interested in aviation at Huntsville’s NASA space camp for astronauts. In their aviation program, I received flight training on the military, F-14 fighter jet simulators and even got to try my hand at a combat mission in a Black Hawk Hilo military flight simulator. This sparked my first interest in flying anything, as long as I didn’t personally, have to leave the ground. I was delighted to see my first DRL drone race on the ESPN sports channel. Shortly after that, I was introduced to a couple of Quad racer pilots at a Science and Technology seminar at University of Memphis. Then, I met Alec Lunsford, at a 901 FPV race. He told me about a ” Quad Building” course at the “Makers in Bartlett”. There I learned to build a Quad racer from scratch. After the class, Alec told me that there was an RC flying club in Millington. I looked it up and went to a Barnstormers’ meeting where I first met Jim Lynch. He was an incredible ambassador for the club. I was impressed with all of the polite, friendly, and enthusiastic pilots that I met that day. I thought that this was a very wonderful club. There was only one drawback it looked like a club for men only. However, with the encouragement of my best friend-love of my life – husband, who assured me that ” they wouldn’t bite”, I was encouraged to join anyway. Since I joined Millington Barnstormers, I have been fascinated, entertained, and amazed by all of the skills demonstrated by the awesome pilots from all three flying disciplines. Over the past couple of years, I have grown very fond of all the Millington Barnstormers members and think that they are a very fine group of outstanding gentlemen.
Being a member of Millington Barnstormers overlaps with some of my other interests. I am a member of several emergency response groups, focused on, helping save lives, protect property and serving God and country, when the need arises. Flying a drone and meeting other Millington Barnstormers pilots, has facilitated creating VDART; a Volunteer Drone Assistance Response Team organization that supports these emergency response interest. I wish to thank all of those Barnstormer members who have participated and have been so generous with their time and skill in supporting this worthy cause.
Safety Officer: John Gish
I happened upon the Millington Barnstormers at Goat days 3 years ago. They had a booth setup and also had an RC airplane for a raffle prize. My son and I bought raffle tickets and learned that they would be having a “Community Day” the following weekend at the flying field. They told us we could try our hand at flying an RC plane with the help of an instructor. Needless to say we went and had a blast. The bug bit me and I quickly bought my first airplane. With the help of instructors and now friends Danny Tally and Jim Stanton I quickly got checked off .
My interests are pretty broad. I have recently challenged myself with RC Helicopters and have tried my hand at some FPV flying. I enjoy all aspects of the sport but mostly enjoy the comradery and friendships I have made .
Editor’s note: John is a no nonsense guy. He knows and abides by the rules. He keeps things safe.