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Free Flight Postal Contest Takes Flight

a close up of a balsa glider

GET READY to take your model aviation skills to new heights with the upcoming Free Flight (FF) Postal Contest scheduled from April 26 to May 5, 2024. Hosted by Sky Battle, this exciting event promises a nostalgic journey into the world of slip-together balsa models, recalling the Golden Age of aviation.

To participate, enthusiasts can visit the official event website at to find detailed information and register for this thrilling competition. Whether you’re a seasoned flier or a newcomer to the hobby, this contest caters to all age groups, from youth (17 and younger) to adults (18 and older).

balsa glider sitting on a table

This spring’s competition focuses on a classic model that will captivate both the young and the young at heart. Participants can utilize any slip-together balsa, rubber-powered propeller model featuring wheels. Model options for the contest are broad with popular choices, with the Guillow’s Strato Streak and Guillow’s Jetstream leading the pack. These iconic model aircraft are affordable and easily accessible at local hobby, craft, or toy stores.

For those eyeing the Guillow’s Jetstream, AMA’s online store offers a convenient purchasing option by visiting If the Guillow’s Strato Streak is your preferred choice, you can order it online from, with the added benefit of attractive quantity discounts for orders of 30 or more, which is ideal for organizing group events or competitions.

Before taking flight, participants are advised to familiarize themselves with the event rules, which includes categories for stock and modified classes. This ensures a fair and competitive experience for all involved.

Don’t miss this chance to showcase your model aviation prowess and relive the charm of classic balsa models. Mark your calendars for April 26 through May 5, 2024, and join us in the sky for a FF contest that promises excitement, camaraderie, and a celebration of aviation history. For more information, visit