The Academy of Model Aeronautics is the world’s largest model aviation organization, representing a membership of more than 150,000. As a self-supporting, non-profit organization the Academy’s staff of approximately 55 work to promote development of model aviation as a recognized sport and recreational activity. As the official national body for model aviation in the United States, the organization is responsible for the promotion, development, education, advancement, and safeguarding of all modeling activities.
Headquartered in Muncie Indiana, the Academy’s International Aeromodeling Center serves as the venue for the annual National Aeromodeling Championships (Nats) and several other national competitions throughout the year. The IAC is also home to the National Model Aviation Museum, the world’s largest museum of its kind. Many artifacts are displayed in the museum including early pull-string helicopters that pre-date the Wright Brothers and other items that provide more than 200 years of aeromodeling history. Several interactive exhibits throughout the museum allow visitors the opportunity to see what it is like to fly model aircraft and the Lee Renaud Memorial Research Library offers a wealth of historical documentation.
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