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AMA IAC in Muncie Hosted Eclipse Observers

AMA Hosts Eclipse Watchers, Promotes Model Aviation

On April 8, 2024, the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) International Aeromodeling Center (IAC) in Muncie, Indiana, became a bustling hub of activity as over a thousand enthusiasts and spectators gathered to witness a rare total solar eclipse. The AMA IAC, recognized as an official viewing site, partnered with the city of Muncie to host this unique astronomical event, which captivated attendees with more than just a celestial phenomenon.

The day provided a perfect opportunity for the public to engage with the world of model aviation. Visitors explored the National Model Aviation Museum, which boasts the largest collection of model aircraft in the United States. The museum, normally closed during the winter season, opened specially for this event, offering guests a glimpse into the history and evolution of model aviation.

In addition to museum tours, the AMA showcased flying demonstrations that featured various model aircraft, illustrating the skill and precision involved in model aviation. These live demonstrations were complemented by the debut of AMA's new simulator trailer, which allowed guests to experience the thrill of flying a model aircraft in a virtual setting.

The event was not only a celebration of the solar eclipse but also a significant occasion for community engagement and education about aviation hobbies. Families, aviation enthusiasts, and casual observers alike enjoyed a day filled with unique experiences, from viewing the eclipse to piloting simulators and watching skilled flyers control their crafts.

The AMA's event demonstrated the enduring appeal of model aviation as a hobby and an educational tool, reinforcing its role in promoting science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines among the public. The successful gathering highlighted the AMA's commitment to fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation of aero modeling, making it a memorable day for all who attended.



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