NFFS Models of the Year

Each edition of the annual National Free Flight Society Symposium, with the exception of the first two, included Models of the Year that are selected by a committee. These models represent the finest qualities of free flight model aircraft.

YearClassName Builder/ Designer
1968No Model of the Year Awards in the Symposium Report
1969No Model of the Year Awards in the Symposium Report
1970HLGSweepette 16” & 18”Lee Hines
IndoorMicrofilm StickJim Richmond
Small PowerStarduster 1/2ASal Taibi
Large Power432 RamrodRon St. Jean
Large PowerF1CKarlheinz Rieke
Large RubberFinnegan’s WakeDieter Siebenmann
Large GliderNordic A/2Herbert Schmidt
Small RubberHatband CoupeJohn O’Donnell
Peanut ScalePilatus Turbo PorterBill Hanna
SportAMA CubFrank Ehling
1971F1BTartGeorge Xenakis
F1ALively LadyElton Drew
F1CNight TrainGeorge French
F1GPamyscapheAlain Landeau
Small PowerHalf NogAndy DeMello
Large PowerWitch DoctorJim Clem
F1D1970 World ChampionJiri Kalina
HLGPollyBill Blanchard
Unl. RubberStrato LarkFrank Heeb
Rubber ScaleFord TrimotorFulton Hungford
1972F1BLittle Big HornChristian Schwartzbach
F1AOspreyHugh Langevin
F1CAndromedaThomas Koster
F1GMy CoupeBill Vanderbeek
Small PowerGeodetic GalaxieVic Cunningham Jr.
Large PowerDixielanderGeorge Fuller
F1DLast ChanceJoe Bilgri
HLGFlashDick Mathis
IndoorThe Pennyplane EventErwin Rodemsky
ScaleLoening M8Tom Stark
1973F1ACircle-Tow HookLepp & Makarov
F1BCharismaFrank Parmenter
F1CVeteranoRay Monks
Small PowerMini PearlBill Chenault
Large PowerSatelliteBill Hunter
Unl. RubberTwin-FinBob White
F1DThe Time MachinePeter Andrews
HLGBo’WeevilDon Chancey
SpecialMattel Super Star ElectricMattel Corporation
OT Rubber1939 WakefieldDick Korda
1974F1B72-9Bob White
F1AHappy HookerPaul Crowley
F1CRossi F-15 EngineRossi Bros.
Small PowerOrbiteerDennis Bronco & Sal Taibi
Large PowerShocerMel Schmidt
F1DCS-1Ed Stoll & Paul Crowley
HLGMax Flyer MK IVRay Harper
Unl. RubberRoamerRoland Anderson
JetexSundusterEdmund Smith
ScaleSopwith TriplaneJack McCracken
1975Large PowerTartar 800Red Johnson
Small PowerSatellite 226Bill & Bob Hunter
F1CSiren-Dipity (flapper)Bill Gieskieng
Unltd. RubberLittle DaddyGeorge Perryman
F1BMonarchJohn Gard
F1GGarricoupeRoger & Jean Louis Garrigou
F1DMonsterErwin Rodemsky
HLGDriftwoodSteve Geraghty
JetexCanned HeatDan Chancey
GadgetSeelig Multi-FunctionHans Seelig
1976F1B1973 World ChampionJoachim Loeffler
F1AUltimate DragmasterTom Hutchinson
F1CBE-34Eugene Verbitsky
F1GZebul 10Louis Dupuis
Small PowerSimplexRuss Backer
Large PowerTexanJim Scarborough & Ed Miller
F1DPlain VanillaBucky Servaites
IHLGSupersweepRon Wittman
SpecialOld Timer Model ConceptJohn Pond
HelicopterRubber Power HelicopterGiulio Pelegi
1977AMA StickSuper StarDick Kowalski
F1DGrand GramBud Romak
Rubber SpeedQuailJim Lewis
F1ALil’ HookerMike Fedor
F1BFluxWalt Ghio
F1GLes TrumeauxGeorge Matherat
F1CLucky LindyLarry Conover
F1AWishboneBob Isaacson
Small PowerOkie BirdJim Clem
Large PowerABC ScramblerJim Clem & Bob Hanford
1978MulvihillGreat Speckled BirdGeorge Perryman
Large PowerGYSOBEd Bellinger
Small PowerMaverickTom Hutchinson
F1DCat WalkerJim Richmond
IHLGCootMike & Stan Stoy
F1AAL-29Andres Lepp
F1B1977 World ChampionKim Dong Sik
F1CSpeed CreamTon Koster
PennyplaneNo Non-CentsBob Meuser
SpecialFlying Aces Club
1979MulvihillStratomaxFrank Heeb
Small PowerLunar-TicHarry Murphy
Indoor CabinGeminiRon Ganser
IHLGSlo-MoOtto Heithecker
F1AWonder BirdJim Walters
F1BIconoclastLes DeWit
F1CZell-EagleRoger Simpson
SpecialCox .049 EngineCox Inc.
Peanut ScaleVolksplaneCharlie Sotich
SpecialP-30 EventOldenkamp & Steinmetz
1980F1ARobinMike Fantham
F1BFloaterItzhak Ben-Itzhak
F1CSummerwindDoug Galbreath
Outdoor RubberLanzo StickChester Lanzo
Large PowerShoc (A/B),Mark Woodrey
1/2AToothpicksGil Morris
F1DStarwalkerJim Richmond
Indoor HLGFolder MK VIStan Stoy
F1HTadpoleGeorge Xenakis
SpecialTatone TimersJohn Tatone
SpecialHot Stuff AdhesiveBob and Bill Hunter
SpecialPop-Up Stab DTCarl Goldberg
1981Large PowerBuckJoe Foster
Small PowerWitch HawkJim Clem
F1GBeau CoupeBob White
F1ASimple ToyJim Wilson
F1BVITAR IVRon Pollard
SpecialTrimming ProcedureRalph Prey
F1CModello No. 2 BISMario Rocca
F1DGram PrixErwin Rodemsky
SpecialCartoonsWill Nakashima
SpecialBenedek AirfoilsGyorgy Benedek
1982F1A811Ivan Horejsi
F1BEspadaLothar Doring
F1HHot MaxJorgen Korsgaad
HLGUpstart 4Mark Drela
IndoorPaper Tigre IIJim Richmond
ScaleChambermaidBill Henn
Larger RubberViceroyChris Matsuno
Small PowerPat-TriotHarry Murphy
Large PowerSweet Daddy PearlDick Covalt
SpecialModel Aeronautic YearbooksFrank Zaic
1983Included Summary of Model of the Year winners 1970 – 1982
F1APacer 14Matt Gewain
F1BDe Ch’valAlan Landeau
F1CDelfinAndras Meczner
HLG,Kwik FlipPhil Hainer Jr. and Sr.
IndoorSweet 16Stan Chilton
Large RubberSuper Twin FinBob White
ScaleSantos DumontDon Srull
Small PowerAtlasRoman Ramirez
Large PowerSummerwind 744

Hall Woods &

Doug Galbreath

1984A-2BanditWalt Ghio
F1BRara Avis 3Anselmo Zeri
F1CI-520-ASilvano Lustrati
SpecialStructurless Foam CompositesRon St. Jean
C/D GasStarduster 900Sal Taibi
HLGGold RushMartyn Cowley
EZBTandem TwoBernard Hunt
ScaleArmstrong-Whitworth ApeBill Noonan
Open RubberUltimeterR.J. (Mik) Mikkelson
SpecialRecording Thermal SnifferG. Xenakis & Luther Doring,
1985Large PowerA, B, C ToothpicksGil Morris
Small PowerAir ExpressPhil Hainer Sr.,
Mulvihill“No Name”Joe Macay
P-30Mini Twin-Fin P-30Bob White
HLGWasp VIMike Stoy
IndoorFlim Flam FAIJim Richmond
Selected ModelIndoor Ornithopter ’84Al Rohrbaugh
F1COblivion Express and Silver BulletKen Phair
F1BSerephennHank Cole
F1AStill-There, Hihi, GuurtjeCenny Breeman and Jan Somers
1986F1AWorld Champion ModelYue Laing
F1BAA-27Alexander Andrukov
F1CWorld Champion ModelNikolay Nackonechny
Large PowerSatellite CRandy Archer
1/2A gasUranusJoe Wagner
F1GTerrible CoupeChuck Markos
F1DLe Ordinaire IICezar Banks
Indoor HLGSuper SwooperBernie Boehm
OrnithoperFancy Girl IFrank Kieser
SpecialHatschek TowhookBob Hatschek
1987F1A#18Jim Bradley
F1BTilkaBror Eimar
F1CLightning #32Doug Joyce
Large PowerJay JacksonPilfered Pearl
RubberDraft DodgerBob Dunham
HLGClimbmaxBruce Kimball
RubberSerendipityJerry Nolan
ScaleAichi “Grace”Mike Midkiff
SpecialVol LibreAndre Schandel
SpecialNelson N15G EngineHenry Nelson
1988F1ATV-38Victor Tchop
F1BNumber 22Bob White
F1CBE-43Eugene Verbitsky
Large PowerAtlas A/BRol Anderson
Small PowerAstrostarTerry Thorkilddsen
MulvihillLe NomadeJohn Lenderman
P-30Square EaglePhil Hartman
HLGShockwaveJim Leukin
ManhattanPiecesWalt Van Gorder
SpecialWinders, Torque MeterBob Wilder
1989F1AS-11 “Allround”Stefan Rumpp
F1BFantasyJim Quinn
F1CSilhouette 2Stafford Screen
Large PowerHummin’ BirdCharles Caton
Small PowerBooger IIGlenn Schneider
MulvihillBandwagonRoger Gregory
Interm. StickSymphonyAndrew Tagliafico
ScaleDornier DO-XDon Srull
SpecialDrawingsEmmanuel Fillon
Special“Building and Flying Indoor Model Airplanes”Ron Williams
1990F1AR1-14Bob Isaacson
F1BC-17Eugenius Cofalik
F1CNumber 10Randy Archer
Interm. StickPoly PrincessStan Chilton
Large PowerMotorvatorRobert Dunham II
Small PowerMatchsticksGil Morris
UnlimitedUnlimited 83Geunther Nowak
HLGZenithStan Buddenbohm
F1GLiberty IIBob Hatschek
SpecialElectric Powered F/FDon Hughes
1991OHLGAthenaMark Sexton
IndoorTop Cat 90Robert Randolph
Small RubberLenderman CoupeJohn Lenderman
Large RubberClassicChet Lanzo
Small PowerXenonRandy Archer
Large PowerAstrostar 600Terry Thorkildson
F1 AJohn #22Jim Parker
F1 BModel #33Bob Picerchio
F1 CV MaxDoug Galbreath & Ken Oliver
SpecialFanstar indoor ducted fanDavid Aronstein
1992F1A,(no name)Sergei Makarov,  Mikhail Kochkarev
F1BHC 17 TiltWingHank Cole
F1C#15Randy Archer
Large PowerNiblite 584Norm Poti
F1JHurry Up F1JBill Lynch
Large RubberSmall Giant Speckled BirdGeorge Perryman
P-30Teacher’s Pet P-30John ODonnell
IndoorNovice PennyplaneCezar Banks
Indoor CLGHigh RollerChuck Markos
ScaleLacey M-10 PeanutButch Hadland
1993F1 ABP-19Pierre Brun
F1 BSeries 50Dan Tracy
F1 CEnigmaDoug Joyce
LargePowerMarvalMarvin Mace
Small PowerNorthern LightBruce Augustus
Large RubberRomaxerBud Romack
Small RubberWinterhawkJohn O’Dwyer
IndoorPiecesWalt Van Gorder
SpecialElectric Ducted Fan Micro JetDon Strull
SpecialWalston Retrieval SystemJim Walston
1994F1 APacerMatt Gwain
F1 B#23

Tony Mathews &

Doug Rowsell

F1 CWhite BatRalph Cooney
Large PowerSunbirdCharles Caton
Small PowerShurikingJean Pailet
Small RubberBanditBob Bienenstein
IndoorPlum EasyAndrew Tagliafico
HLGNemesis IIIJim Buxton
SpecialMini Stick EventTom Vallee
1995F1ANo. 16-IIRandy Weiler
F1BNo nameEugene Gorban
F1CTwo-TimerGil Morris
Small PowerT-BirdRuss Hansen
Large PowerSlow WormDave Platt
MulvihillLocomotorRobert Dunham II
F1DSalt MineSteve Brown
ScaleMartin M-130Joe Barish
CLGStraight UpJoe Mekina
Special“Free Light News”Ian Kaynes
1996Small PowerNibbleNorm Poti
Large PowerJay’s BirdV. Jays & F. Parmenter
F1AShort ModelMichail Kochcarev
F1BModel #8Jerry Fitch
F1CTelesis VMichael Achteberg
F1CRS-98Roger Simpson
F1GDream CatcherEric Johnson
EZBSidewinderLarry Coslick
Mini StickK777Joe Krush
ICLGFeather ShooterBob Bienenstein
1997F1 ACB 59Victor Stamov
F1B?Igor Vivchar
F1 CBE59/60Eugene Verbitsky
Small PowerF1 JKen Happpersett
Large PowerRotator 620Bob Johannes
Small RubberMoffettJoe Williams
CLGDrifterBob DeShields
F1 DTime TravelerSteve Brown
ScaleLittle OttoOtto Kuhni
SpecialButton TimerBob Munson
1998F1AHigh-BirdAllard Van Wallene
F1BNo nameVictors Rosonoks
F1CExcaliburThomas Koster
F1DGarfield LiteRichard Doig
F1GLinda Mk. 8Peter King
F1HMurrayJ. Van Nest & Pissany
F1JPegasusWilliam Lynch
Small PowerLil’ ChuggerRobert Dunham II
Large PowerPrime TimeEdward Keck
P-30SparrowhawkJohn O’Dwyer
MulvihillEqualizerBob Beinenstein
ScaleGeneral AristocratDavid Reese
IHLGQuantum 20Len Surtes
Mini StickMini QuarkAndrew Tagliafico
SpecialTorque MeterRex Hinson
SpecialF1D VP PropellerCezar Banks
1999F1COdysseyMichael Achterberg
Large PowerWarrior 820Robert Johannes
Small PowerNXSBob Hanford
F1GCoupe #12Bob White
MoffettLethal Ms. MoffettStuart G. Bennett
P-30Window PlaneArt Ellis
EZBHobby ShopperLarry Coslick
Scale1921 Mitsubishi 1MF 1Tom Hallman
HLGFull GruntBob Hanford
SpecialNorskiver Rubber StripBob Oppengard
2000F1ABunt BoneD. Zink & V. Bezchasney
F1BPC-31Paul Crowley
F1CDiamondsDavid Sugden
F1JOdyssey / J-TexAchterberg, Parker, Johannes
P-30MarieJohn Kamla
Unltd. RubberObsessionRobert Lipori
F1JBanditBill Lynch
Large PowerPolite 800J. Makina & N. Poti
IHLGSweep UpStan Buddenbohm
SpecialVP Hub for F1BAlex Andriukov
SpecialMogle TimerRod Mogle
2001F1ADufrDusan Fric
F1BHoney 98Walt Ghio
F1JNorthern LightBruce Augustus
ScaleAirco DH-2Tom Hallman
Flying WingHollowingStan Buddenbohm
Mulvihill/Unltd.SinistrorseJim Brooks
MoffettRemoffettWilliam R. Brown
EmbryoDebutGordon Roberts
CargoBull MooseBob Nichols
SpecialTexas Max I & III TimersHank Nystrom
2002F1GSweet GAndrey Burdov
Large PowerEsprit 620Joe Clawson
SpecialCrocket HooksJim Crocket
F1CRose PelicanLeonid Fuzeyev
P-30MajestykThom Greenhalge
Dawn Unltd.Lean MachineClarence Mather
ScaleFokker 100 JetChris Starleaf
2003F1BSpirit 25Richard Blackam
F1ALil’ AlZink, Hines, Beschasny
F1G1998 Plus 4Hank Cole
F1DSalty DogJim Richmond
IHLGComposite Wing Mk. 2Len Surtees
F1KCarbonator 2KRudolf Hobinger
BeginnerCanarsie CanaryD. Ross & M. Taft
Large PowerKillerbee 750Lynn Pulley
ScaleVoisin HydroplaneDon Srull
P-30Rising Light AGThurman Bowls
2004Large PowerV SquaredEd Keck
ElectricBig RedCharles Groth
F1 B,STS-88Stephan Stefanchuk
F1 GB -CoupeBill Davis
Indoor35cmBob Bailey
F1 EMarpoMarian Popescu
F1 AS-27 MagicStefan Rumpp
F1H?Victor Stamov
SpecialF1A Electronic TimerKen Bauer
2005DLGStork & FlingitupicusPhil Ball & Andy Hewitt
F1 BCoxy 3 (#21)Anselmo Zeri
F1 C#72Eugene Verbitsky
F1 JThermal FloaterVasily Beschasny
CargoCargo VanVic Nippert
F1 DEidolonJohn Kagan
ScaledeHavilland 84 DragonChris Starleaf
F1 HTexas Cloud ClimberMike Fedor
F1 ACzech MateLadi Horak
Special2004 Jr Power TeamAustin Gunder, John Lorbiecki Jr, Jonathan Schelp, Amanda Barr, Cody Secor
2006F1BAA-30Alex Andriukov
HLGMaxineTim Batiuk
IndoorP-24 CondorDon Mace
P-30Polecat Mk. XDon DeLoach
Large PowerSunbird RTRonnie Thompson
Nos. WakefieldTorontonianS. Randa
SpecialNo Fear Half-TubePiserchio & Stefanchuk
SpecialBlack Magic TimerRoger Morrell
2007F1PAstrrostar 404T. Thorkildsen &  T. Kerger
F1G2007 CoupeJack Emery
MoffettRogue 2Bob Bienenstein
F1KAccorte IIGraham Selick
Large PowerSuper Marval BunterMarvin Mace
Special“Free Flight Quaterly:Sergio Montes
2008DLGSpin UpMark Benns
DLGTurn UpTim Batiuk
Large PowerR60Reid Simpson
D. MulvihillDay BreakCarl Redlin
F1BModel #11Blake Jensen
SpecialSCAT Electronic NewsRoger Morrell
SpecialUSA F1P Junior ProgramJ. Parker & B. Van Nest
SpecialIndoor Specialty ToolsRay Harlan
2009F1CFolder/FlapperGil Morris
F1PExcelsiorR. Secor & D. Rounsaville
F1GTiffany’s CoupeBlake Jensen
F1DNo nameLutz Schramm
F1QNoah’s QuarkBernie Crowe
Classic GasClassical GasBob Mattes
IHLGPelicatoo & NifkinJ. Buxton & R. Romash
ScaleBoeing B-47 StratojetChris Starleaf
2010Indoor ElectricSlo Lightning IIRay Harlan
F1MWorld Record F1MBill Gowen
A-6WARTGary Hodson
IDLGHoly GrailStan Buddenbohm
F1AM&K Extra LongS. Makarov & M. Kochkarev
MulvihillBoodaBill Shailor
SpecialCossack’s ‘n CowboysMultiple individuals
P-30Marie Super Skinny-EDavid Sechrist
ScaleF4-U CorsairRichard Adams
2011Small PowerRaptorGreg Hinrichs
CLGPathfinderStan Buddenbohm
E-36JouleboxJohn Oldenkamp
F1ABlack MambaRoland Koglot
F1CVE-94Eugene Verbitsky
F1D2010 World ChampionIvan Treger
F1LpF1LJohn Kagan
ICLGWIF-7Bill Gowen
ScaleYakolev BB22Rich Weber
SpecialScalewinderDavid Rees
SpecialForward Grip for ICLGRalph Ray
2012Small PowerThe RaptorGreg Hinrichs
Cat GPathfinderStan Buddenbolm
SpecialRees Scale WinderDave Rees
ScaleYakolev BB-22Rich Weber
Indoor CLGWIF 7Bill Gowen
F1LpF1LJohn Kagan
F1D(no name)Ivan Treger
F1CVE 94 FlapperEugene Verbitsky
F1ABlack MambaRoland Koglot
E 36Joule BoxJohn Oldenkamp
2013E-36Super Pearl 202Don DeLoach
ScaleF4U-1 CorsairDon DeLoach
DLGFusionJim Buxton
EZBBS6 & Donna’s DragonflyYuan Kang Lee
Special PFFT Article IndexGeorge White
SpecialHip Pocket AeronauticsD. Rattenbury & B. Feaver
2014ScaleCurtiss JN-5 Twin JennyVance Gilbert
E-36GTS E-36Georg Malkhasyan
F1ARaketa NeraRobert Lesko
F1B2013 World ChampionAlbert Bulatov
F1PPiGlenn Schneider
F1DSource DecayBrett Sanborn
SpecialAirtek RDT SystemKen Bauer
2015F1DNew BoyYuan Kang Lee
PennyplaneCarbon PennyBill Gowen
Small PowerMarvalDan Berry
P-30Boomer Mk. IIIClint Brooks
Large PowerSatellite 450 GLHBob Hanford
Scale1932 Waco QDCDave Mitchell
SpecialThe E-36 EventDon DeLoach
2016F1AWorld ChampionEyal Galor
F1D06-F1D-55Zoltan Sukosd
ScaleAvro ShackeltonMonique Lyons
SpecialFavionics Fx12 TimerR. Limberger &
2017F1DSweet LukeYuan Kang Lee
F1NCat. II Record HolderMitsuru Ishii
E-36Leepin’ LizzardJack Murphy
ScaleBeriev Be-12Patrick Murray
GadgetSkewed Fold F1B HubIgor Vivchar
2018