The Red River RC Flyers were founded in 1971 in East Grand Forks, Minnesota. While the club unfortunately lost their field in 2001 due to a major flood, the club was finally re-established in 2015 by 6 local pilots. Today, the nearly 50 pilots have regained a permanent flying site with a 900 foot grass runway, as well as a 330 foot geo-textile runway. And while site development is still in progress, their hope is to add a pavilion, safety fencing and indoor storage for equipment.
Each year, the Red River RC Flyers hosts a variety of events, including pattern and fun scale; as well as their annual indoor international fun fly. They also invite their local Cub Scout pack to use their field for a rocket launch day. They also participate in the AMA Introductory Pilot Program.
The Grand Forks metro area is also home to the Grand Forks Air Force Base, and has since become a major hub in the UAS industry for commercial use as well. In addition, the University of North Dakota is one of the premier aerospace schools in the country for both manned and unmanned aircraft. The Red River RC Flyers have worked with the University for the last 3 years helping provide training for students; and in the last year, they have begun working with commercial entities as well.