Welcome to the

49th Mid-America Jumbo Squadron


"Dedicated to the Advancement and Enjoyment of Building and Safely Flying R/C Aircraft"
[Page Updated 12/22/23


Squadron Member Steve McCales RV-6 taking to the air.

[see also "Photo Gallery"]

We fly all sizes of radio control (RC) airplanes...

*** NEXT SQUADRON MEETING --  January 20, 2024  10:30 am at the VFW 329 SE Douglas St,  Lees Summit, MO. - ***


  We are a chapter (#1928) of the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA).

Where is our RC Airfield?

We're located in the Kansas City area in beautiful Fleming Park in Eastern Jackson County, Missouri at the Charles W. Reed III Memorial RC Airfield.  (click here for a map to the field).

Is It Flying Weather at the Airfield?

[check here before you head out]. 

How Is Traffic en route to the Airfield? [Click here for KC Scout

FAA Registration:
FAA requires that if you fly RC models outdoors (besides "drone" or multirotor aircraft, it includes fixed wing aircraft) you are required to register. To register click on "FAA Registration"


Club Meetings-
    When: Our club meets the 3rd Saturday of each month. 

    Where:    May - September come to the Charles Reed III RC Airfield in Fleming Park

                   October to April we meet at the
                   Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 5789

                    329 SE Douglas St.
                    Lees Summit, MO.

    Time:    10:30 am

    Note for Summer Meetings:  for May thru September Club Meetings we start flying at 9 am at the Fleming Park RC Airfield. Our club meeting will be at 10:30 am at the airfield.

Next time you're in the area...please drop by either Fleming park or come to our next meeting...and talk about and see giant and any sized RC model airplanes! We welcome all RC pilots whatever your interests are...large aircraft, small aircraft, sport, warbirds, foamies, or multicopters. 

Our meetings are very informal and like all we do...intended to be a fun and enjoyable activity....usually we have:

Summary of 2019 - 2021 Squadron Flying - click to see photos of some of our club activities in those years.

Summary of 2018 Squadron Flying - click to see photos of some of our club activities in 2018.

JOIN THE 49TH MID AMERICA JUMBO SQUADRON!! (click here to get our membership form).

Club Meeting:

 The club decided to start having our summer monthly meetings at the Charles Reed III Airfield in Fleming Park starting with the May meeting. Our "Member Participation Plan" provides points to members for a wide range of activities from bringing items of interest to Show n Tell, to writing articles for the club newsletters, to flying at club events or attending other clubs fly-ins (and reporting), or recruiting a new member. Last year the winner was awarded with a giant scale kit of a Extra 200 donated by a club member. Jerry Edwards won the airplane and he gave it to Steve McCale our newsletter editor. Steve completed this big airplane and has had the maiden flight. Because of the coronovirus the Member Participation Plan was suspended for 2021. We will however be doing it again in 2022...the winner will win a Giant Stinger kit!

New Members:

Jason Eissler and Richard Eissler! Welcome to the club we're happy to have you as members!

Show & Tell: Members brought in many aircraft for Show & Tell at the March meeting. Jason Eissler brought his Flex Innovations CAP232QQ with the Aura gyro system and his father Richard Eissler his eFlight Maule. Jerry Edwards brought in his new UMX Timber. John Caoile brought in his Dynam ME-262 having added heat sinks to the ESCs. He also brought in his Night Radian and demonstrated the different light patterns that can now be controlled from the transmitter. John Clay brought in the clubs eFlight Apprentice trainer to show what is available to get some stick time with a trainer. At a recent past meeting John Clay brought his scratch built Cessna 310 with a great color scheme.



Here are photos of a few of the 49th Squadron members projects (of course we love anything that flies but especially warbirds):
First is Steve McCales Curtis Jenny with original covering which he stripped off and is in the process of re-covering it with silkspan (next photo). He has some re-hinging planned as well as painting it with the correct period colors and installing a pilot.
The third photo is John Caoile's P-38L which is in the process of having working struts installed. The last two photos are Steve McCales new 1/4 scale Spad 7.





49th Squadron Club Officers and Representatives for 2024:


President Ken Smith rcbonanza@att.net
Vice-President Joe Barlow
Secretary Jerry Edwards  JEDWARDS14@kc.rr.com
Treasurer   John Caoile me109pilot@sbcglobal.net
Safety Officer John Clay
Park Rep.
Ken Smith rcbonanza@att.net
Jumbo Talk Editor

John Clay 


Web Master

John Caoile 


49th Jumbo Squadron Flight Instructors:
The following are the clubs' trainers' extraordinaire of which at any time the weather is good you can usually find at least one of them at the flying field. We have an electric "Apprentice" as well as a glow powered Sig LT-40 sized trainer aircraft which we use to train new members. Or bring your own airplane and a desire to learn and you will solo...eventually (AMA insurance and Jackson County RC Permit is required).

John Caoile me109pilot@sbcglobal.net
John Clay

Fleming Park RC Airfield

[photo by John Caoile]

The 49th Squadron shares this Jackson County owned airfield with the Kansas City Radio Control (KCRC) club. The Charles W. Reed III RC Airfield consists of a 500 foot long by 50 foot wide, asphalt-paved runway with an adjacent 25 foot wide grass runway on the east side. Both clubs also share duties to help maintain the field along with the Jackson County Parks and Recreation Department. Low safety fencing protects the pilots who can stand on concrete pads.[Map showing the RC Airfield--created with MS Streets 98]

  View of the airfield looking east from the parking lot.

View of the shelter house & frequency control setup looking south.

[Photos taken by Darrel Brower]

Photo Gallery we

(click the event for photos)

July 12, 2008    Military Fly-In (click these two links for photos) Military Fly-In 1(Thun's photos), Military Fly-In2  and Military Fly-In3

August 25, 2007 Jumbo Jamboree

July 7, 2007 Military Fly-In

August 26, 2006 Jumbo Jamboree

July 22, 2006 Harvesters Charity Fly-In

July 8, 2006: Military Fly-In1 and also Military Fly-In2

May 6, 2006: Spring Fun Fly

October 1, 2005: Bring What You Fly Fly-In (Fall Fly-In)

August 27, 2005: Annual Jumbo Jamboree and also Jamboree 2005.

July 9, 2005: 49th Squadron Military (Warbird) Fly-In

June 12, 2004: Watkins Field 2004 Invitational Fly-In

August 28, 2004: 49th Squadron Jumbo Jamboree for 2004. and Jamboree 2004:

July 12, 2003: 49th Squadron Club Day

August 23, 2003: 49th Squadron Jumbo Jamboree

October 4, 2003: Watkins Field Invitational Fly-In