Carl V. Carlson was an early pioneer in gas-powered Free Flight models. From 1993-1996 Carl worked with a group of family and friends to reproduce his Big Crate III. In 1934, the original Big Crate III set a national record for gas-powered FF planes in the open division with a time of 6:48.5.
Want to build your own Big Crate III? The plans are available through the AMA’s Plans Service. – Plan # 14331.
The Big Crate III is currently on exhibit in the museum’s gallery. Be sure to visit, the next time you visit the National Model Aviation Museum.
Credit for all photos: National Model Aviation Museum Collection, Accession file of the Big Crate III, 1999.28. Photos shared courtesy of Carl V. Carlson and Robert Atkins.