History of the Quad Cities Skyraiders

In April of 1993 ground was broken for a flying field for a model airplane club with the name of the Quad City Skyraiders, founded by Don Breivogal. With the help of three men, Richard Gooch, John Brown, and David Tucker the field would provide a place for model airplane enthusiast to enjoy the hobby and have contact with others having the same interests. The land was owned by Trinity Hospital and was offered with no cost to the club. A club sign was made and a small roofed area containing the frequency board was erected and some fencing was installed to separate the spectators from the flying field. Later a portable toilet was purchased and placed on the field. Life was good! Many years went by as did many airplanes. The farmers crops always grew beyond belief with 12-13 foot tall corn and chest high beans being the norm. Some years later a garage was moved onto the land, giving secure storage for the mower and other items including a new frequency board.

In 1996 the club held it's first banquet at the Viking Club in Moline and after a number of years a change was made and now the club has a get together at the Old Country Buffet.

The club held it's first AMA sanctioned fly-in in 1996 that continues to be a well attended event.

An AMA sanctioned float fly was brought into being in 2002 and is growing larger every year.

In 2004 the club purchased a new lawn tractor with a 54 inch cutting deck making the mowing job quicker and better. Also that year the club was notified that the land would be sold and a strip mall would take its place. What a jolt! Knowing from the start that such a thing could happen at any time, it was still a shock to know that a new field would have to be found within a year. With help from the city of Moline a piece of property was selected on 56th Ave, the old or West Green Valley Park as it is now known and a twenty year lease was drawn up. A nice setting with the Rock River on the South side of the road and the flying site on the North side. The field is approximately 300 X 700 feet with a 650 foot by 40 foot runway that is laser graded and grassed. This was all accomplished before the June meeting of the following year. What a treat to fly from a very smooth surface.

What does the future hold for the Quad Cities Skyraiders is yet to be seen. It will be interesting to read the club's history after the next ten, fifteen and twenty years.

Rick Haney