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the other side of the tree line Rachelle Haughn interviews Joe Krush


Meticulous details are often required to build indoor, lighter-than-air model aircraft. For Joe Krush, spending hours and days creating works of art is what he’s accustomed to and what he enjoys. As he approached his 100th


birthday in May of this year,


Joe, a renowned illustrator, reflected upon his life, which has been filled with personal and professional achievements.


Joe, a member of the East Coast Indoor Modelers, works on one of his aircraft at the club’s indoor flying site in Lakehurst NJ in 2010. Photo by Max Zaluska.


Rachelle Haughn:How long have you been an AMA member? Joe Krush: As long as AMA has been in existence, I guess. [AMA was established in 1936.] I [fi rst] belonged to the AMLA (Airplane Model League of America). I built my fi rst kit in 1931. It was a kit by Wanner & Company, a Baby R.O.G.


RH:When did you learn how to fl y? JK: I’ve been fl ying model airplanes, I guess, my whole life. About 60 years ago,


I got into RC. I fl ew indoor models with the Valley Forge Signal Seekers (I’m a founding member) and fl ew with the East Coast Modelers indoor club. I was a member of the PMAA (Philadelphia Model Airplane Association) from 1933- 1935.


I got interested in competing in the


1990s. I went to East Tennessee State and competed for three years [in the AMA Indoor Nats]. I belong to the Scale Old Timer Society (of Philadelphia). I still go out


to the Valley Forge fi eld every day, but I don’t fl y. I help people see what’s wrong with their airplanes and help them. I help with the local Science Olympiad group that meets at the Welsh Valley Middle School. I’m for more members taking care of their own schools. [Club members] need to try to build something, fi nd out what the problems are, and go back and help [the students]. They’re just waiting to be helped!


RH:What’s your experience with building


(L-R) Doug Barber, Tony D’Alessandro, and Joe Krush at the Delaware Valley Federation Rise Off Ground Event. This photo was originally published in the May 1987 issue of Model Aviation.


54 PARK PILOT [Summer 2018]


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