Twenty years ago, AMA member Maynard Hill and a team of supporters accomplished the unthinkable—they successfully crossed the Atlantic flying an RC model airplane. This flight has never been duplicated.
The aircraft, known as the Spirit of Butt’s Farm, took five attempts (the reference to TAM-5) to make the journey a success. The journey was described in the January 2004 issue of Model Aviation.
Tam-5 successfully landed in Ireland on August 9, 2003.
The TAM-5 aircraft is on display at the National Model Aviation Museum in Muncie, Indiana, as are the National Aeronautics Association official certificates of record. Those certificates also recognize AMA members Barrett J. Foster and former AMA President Dave Brown.
Perhaps no other model aviation record or achievement better exemplifies what is possible with a model aircraft on Earth, taking into account that an RC helicopter, Ingenuity, made its first flight on Mars on April 19, 2021.