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Midweek Mystery: Model AirplanesPosted Wednesday, June 9, 2010, at 7:30 AM
A story in the June 30, 1950 Southeast Missourian announced a model plane contest built around entries by the Air Scout Patrol of Cape Girardeau which was sponsored by the Optimist Club.
The club sponsored the Ill-Mo-Ky model plane meet on July 9, 1950 in conjunction with local Plymouth automobile dealers at Municipal Airport.
The grand prize was an all-expense trip to the international model airplane meet in Detroit. The local dealers which would pay the expenses of the trip were Goodwin & McDowell Motor Co., Millikan Motor Co. and Harris Motor Co.
The types of model airplanes entered were: those powered by rubber bands, gliders, free flight of gasoline-engine-powered model airplanes without controlling wires, and controlled flight by wires in the hands of the operators.
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