Best Tethered Model Airplane Park 

Bill Osborne Model Flying Field

On Sunday mornings from 1947 to 2002, you'd find retired Navy aeronautics mechanic Bill Osborne messing with model airplanes out on a field off of Doolittle Drive in Alameda, not far from the Oakland Airport. Teaching people, especially young people, to make and fly model aircraft was Osborne's passion, and a vehicle for teaching the worlds of physics, construction, mathematics, and coordination. Osbourne died in 2003, but the airplane park that bears his name lives on under the oversight of the Alameda Recreation and Parks Department. On weekends, enthusiasts with proof of liability insurance can fly control-lined (tethered) model planes for free. Osborne's work continues as well. The Aer-O-Nuts — a model plane enthusiast organization — gives free control-line model airplane lessons to East Bay youth every Saturday and Sunday mornings. If a kid stays interested, he or she can also receive a free plane from the group. The Aer-O-Nuts fly their own planes on Wednesdays and offer private lessons by appointment.
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