Flashback to Fun
If you were born in the '50s and '60s, you probably dreamed about getting a Cox control-line airplane for Christmas.
Didn't matter where you looked — Cox models were everywhere. On the shelves at local hobby shops. Whizzing around at flying fields and tether car circles. At the Flying Circle in Disneyland®, in color catalogs and in posters, magazine ads and more.
But no matter where you saw them or which product you saw, one thing was guaranteed: everybody was having fun!
Most kids only got to dream about it. But for a lucky few, dreams actually did
come true. They were the ones who got a Thimble Drone Champion for a birthday present or a TD-1 as a special reward.
one of them?
If you were, please let us know — and let everyone know why
. You can share the story of your Cox model in as much...or as little detail...as you want to provide. Good memories are meant to be shared. And Cox makes good memories happen.
Tell us about your experience
|"In the 1970s I was eight years old I had a Miss America with a Cox .049 control-line engine in the box. I never flew it. I am keeping it for the future in mint condition and it will be rare. I have a Cox .049 engine with the PT-19 Trainer that I have flown. Every time I fly the plane I have to follow the wires to spin and turn all around until the engine quits. I have to land but I am having a lot of fun and I love the smell of castor oil fuel."|
|"I am 55 years old and live in Budapest Hungary. I had my first touch with Cox back in the 70's when a high school mate showed me his Cox Stuka he had received as a gift from (then) Western Germany. Uninterested in it, he then gave the .049 engine with the horse-shoe backplate to me. Man, that was a real experience, that turned me not only into a mechanical engineer, but has made me, especially since 2010 or so when I found the engine of the Stuka again in my garage, an obsessed modeler with plenty of Cox engines collected, and R/C planes built around Cox .010, .020, .049, .050 and .051 engines. Probably one of the very few Cox collectors in this part of the world."|
- A. Balogh, Budapest, Hungary
|"Way back when I mowed yards and saved my money to buy a Guillow's 25 inch Bf-109 kit. I took all the time in the world to build it one winter in Texas. I installed a Cox .049 just like the plans called for. I few it more times than I could count. Every kid on my block was jealous that I had something that cool. Earning the money myself made it even better. And today I am doing it all over again. I bought 2 Guillow's kits off e-bay and 2 brand new Cox .049. The smell of dope fills the air at the moment and all is right in the world."|
- Brenda Lombas
|"Je suis né le 26 Octobre 1953 Mon beau frère viens de perdre son père un ancien Aéromodélisme qui évolué dans le 84 Aujourd'hui je viens d'apprendre que j'héritai d'une grande partie de son matériel vu que son fils ne pratique pas ainsi que ses petits enfants Je m'aperçois que je suis comblé du cadeau qu'il me lègue car la plus part des moteurs sont des Thimble- Drome, Webra,Enya. Tous en état de marche 'une collection inestimable'"|
(English translation: My brother-in-law just lost his father, a former model airplane enthusiast since 1984. Today I learned that I inherited a large part of his equipment because his son and grandchildren are not a model airplane enthusiasts. I'm starting to realize that I am happy for the gift he bequeathed to me because most motors are Thimble-Drome, Webra and Enya. All are in running condition, a "priceless collection".
|"I can't remember how young I was when I started with Cox models. I remember the five cent die cut balsa wood you had to put together and through. Moved up to the rubber band powered, lost one playing with it in my elementary school yard when it took off from the ground, did a climbing circle onto the roof of the three story school. I climbed the fire escape attempted to climb onto the roof, my cousin talked me down, all he could see was me falling to my death. The year is now 1962, we moved, now I have to take the bus to school, one of my stops is a toy store, Reds Hobbies, in the window is a dream come true, Cox P40 War Hawk, Flying Tigers paint scheme. I'm Black, others tell me we're not allowed in the store.|
For months I'm staring at this plane, you guessed it, I went in, it created a stir, he sacrificed a few customers that day. To my delight, he had a lay away plan. I sold Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches for a nickel, Baloney/cheese for a dime and walked home from school. Was jumped on and beat up by three older guys, put me the hospital for a day, permanent nerve damage. On the day I gave the last change for the $9 purchase, he tells me that I will need fuel, battery, glow plug clip in order to fly it, imagine the feeling. He was my savior; he gave it to me for free. I flew it most of the summer, even at night.
I taped two penlight flash lights on top of the wings, used the size and shape of the beams to know when to pull up and land. It met its demise on the way to the park when my brother let it fall from his hand under the wheels of my bike, broken fuselage. That .049 leaned out was music, to skim inches off the ground was as if I was in the cockpit. Last month I was given a Cox Extra 300s, stunt plane, broke the engine down, cleaned it, the sound it makes took me back, I still think about that P40. I too graduated to building and flying balsa wood R/C's. My brother and I spent a lot of money in his shop. Slot car set, additional tracks, trees, street lights, grand stand, tunnel, even had lights for the two 64 Pontiac Lehman's.
I wrote him while serving in Viet Nam in 1968, he remembered me, told me I saved his business that year. The plant across the street built Sherman tanks, guess where the Black workers purchased their Christmas presents that year.
Happy to see Cox is still here bringing joy to a new generation, they need to bring back the .049."
- Robert Childress
|"My parents got my brother and I Cox Gas Planes the Christmas of '73 and gas dragsters the year after. I was 12, he was 10. We were NEVER happier! I got the P-51 Mustang and he got the German JU-87B Stuka! We used to use the Hand Controller (An oval shaped plastic grip, with 2 strings attached to the plane for Up-Down controls.) We would get dizzy going round and round flying the planes, taking turns on the front porch. My brother let too much string out one day and it HIT the foot thick peach tree in the planter that was it for the Stuka.... LOL. But the last time I saw my P-51, was the day that I started the engine.... And (with no strings) tossed it towards the Canyon. It flew like a real plane! Straight as an arrow! It must have flown for over 30 minutes on a full tank, but we lost sight of it after about 5! WAS THE GREATEST TIMES OF MY LIFE!! Thank you Cox!.... For the WONDERFUL memories!! "|
- John La Frieda
|"I'm an Aeronautical Engineer, and I guess Cox was one of the reasons I became one. I used to own Cox PT-19, Stuka and Black Widow models. Those where the fun days, back in the 70's. I'm 46, thank you!!!"|
- Ricardo Aguirre
|"Cox 'F15' control line model received in 1979....what were they (COX) thinking!!!? In 2014 I'm still an avid RC'r, with the scars to prove it! THANKS COX!"|
- Mark Baldan
|"My Father-in-law passed away in June 2014 and left my son a Cox XB-29 Airlifter. He is so excited to fly it every time he sees the box. It was in mint condition when he got it. Never been opened and primed for flying. Had some great fun with it but the top tail of the fuselage broke after trying to knock it out of a tree. We're going to try to fix it or see about replacing the fuselage and create some great memories for him. Thank you again Cox for making great products that lasts!"|
- Robert Anderson
|"I was born in 1960 and lived in Southern California. From ages 8 to 12, I had many Cox gas powered toys including the "Dune Buggy" (Purple), Chaparral, See Bee (Blue), PT-19 Flight Trainer, and Eliminator II. I also built wooden airplanes with my Dad (crashed all of them). Several highlights include showing off to a pretty girl my PT-19 trainer and flying the plane into a tree (I still have this airplane). Also, losing the See Bee in the middle of a lake and wading in after it. I have many wonderful memories (too many to tell) with Cox toys and believe they lead me toward becoming an engineer. Thank-you Cox for these great toys."|
- William Schweickert
Editor's Note: Cox recommends that you never go swimming after an RC boat. Please use a retrieval system like a fishing pole or wait for the boat to drift to the edge of the water.
|"Got a Miss America for Christmas, around 1971-2. Flew it until the plastic deteriorated so much it wouldn't stay together. A friend of mine and I built a couple of balsa models, seems like they were called the StuntMan. We used the motor off that old Miss America, swapping it back and forth between planes until my buddy could get his own. Loads of fun back in the day."|
- Dave Estus
|"I was born in 1962 and I stumbled across this while reminiscing about the beautiful Cox Spitfire that I received Christmas day 1974. I had ached over having one for months and thanks to my wonderful parents, that's what "Santa" left for me that year despite the fact that things were pretty tight in those days. I can't describe the excitement I felt at that moment. I remember thinking that it was such a beautiful thing that I could scarcely bring myself to fly it for fear of destroying it straight up. Time went by, I flew it many times before it was destroyed, not in a flying mishap but a stumbled step of excitement and the size 7 sand shoe of my younger brother. Unfortunately I never took the time to take any photos of this treasured possession. The good part of this is that the .049 motor, complete with the original 4 blade prop has been and continues to be fitted to another control line model although it hasn't flown for over 20 years. I am now finding the time to rekindle my R/C hobby but still remember the days flying the spitfire and other control line planes at the local sports field at the end of our street in the 1970's with great affection, the concrete Cricket Pitch provided a great runway. Cricket?? I hear you say, well that's a game we play in Australia."|
- Greg Smith
|"Brother and I got our Cox P-51 in 196. I was 9, he was 13. In rural Oregon money was tight. .25 a week allowance didn't go far. We got paid a quarter per snake kill in grandmother's garden, raised rabbits and sold them. Sold pop bottles. Finally saved $9.00 for the gas plane. Ordered from Sears catalog! We waited everyday by the mailbox (about 3 weeks). Finally Mrs. Woodall in her red Volkswagen delivered the plane! After some assembly, brother took the controls and flew it with no power as instructed in manual. After several test flights with no power, we were ready for a "Hot run" full of gas and motor running! We needed a pilot, found a large grasshopper, slid the canopy back, pilot in cockpit, fired the powerful Cox motor up and the beautiful Mustang was taxiing! Brother pulled back on the controls and "airborne"! After several circles brother got dizzy, staggered and the beautiful plane crashed into the side of our house! Pilot? DOA, Plane? Total loss. Mother ran out to see what the noise was about. Seeing minor damage to a window, went back inside. Brother and I stood over the carnage and wrecked plane, the smell of spilled fuel was thick in the air, picked up the pieces, set it gently back in the box that had held a new plane just a few moments before, and slid it ever so gently into the trash. We would show our friends the scar on the side of the house and retell the story of our first flight with the Mustang."|
- Richard Dougan
|"I was born in 1972. My first experience with the Cox models was around 1981, when my father bought a PT-19 control line plane for me. Later, I got the P-40. Finally, I got the Cox RC Centurion trainer. Great models. Great memories."|
|"HI! I´m from Colombia, I got a beautiful line control Cox plane, we loved it! My father never could start the engine, but we (kids) did it! Flying my plane with my brothers and friends is one of my best memories, thanks Cox! (now I'm 43)"|
- Harvey Ruiz
|"I have been into the hobby since the early - mid 70's and I started out with Cox planes and cars. I still love to collect them as well as run them. Here is a video of my Cox Buick Riviera. And a video of a Shrike that I restored back to new condition. I wish COX would come back out with the cool planes and cars that made them famous!!!!"|
|"Had a Cox Super Cub after the WenMac .049 Bonanza plastic model wouldn't run. Also had .049 Babe Bee on a Scientific Vtail balsa Bonanza. Got my license in '91 owned a 172 for 3 years and a Vtail Beech for 3 yrs. I do miss those great years of flying."|
- Ken S
|"Born in 1948 in the UK, I got interested in control line flying and started building my own stunt planes using a large diesel motor. I got quite proficient at flying and then one day a guy with a PT19 showed up at the flying field who had difficulty getting the plane to fly, so I helped him. I got to flying the PT19 a lot and came to appreciate the simplicity and flying capabilities so much so that eventually it was the only plane I flew, taking my turn to fly with the owner. Anyway, the years rolled by and I flying became a thing of the past, but something I never forgot about...those beautiful summer evenings on the flying field practicing my favorite hobby always stirred the memory. Then recently, those memories led me to searching for a good used PT19 and I found one on Ebay! It duly arrived and apart from a little work, it will be soon ready for flight and I can hardly wait! Thank you Cox for all the pleasures."|
- Peter Barnes
|"I was born in 1958 and about 1967 a cool next door neighbor, asked me if i would Hand launch' his 'control line airplane' by the end of the first day i was taking my 'GT-40' apart to use it in my own plane. My neighbor helped me convert it for airplane flying, It was a big time success and I became hooked. I still have 'Cox' products in running condition in my garage, including a 'Baja Bug' and a 'Dune Buggy'."|
- C. Stockwell
|"I was born in 1963 and in the early seventies I received my first Cox gas airplane. It was the PT-19 flight trainer. I was instantly hooked. I went through about 4 of those planes. I would fly them and land them and crash them. One of the biggest problems I remember was the gas tank where the fuel line connected. It would break off and then the plane was almost unusable. As a result my box of 049 engines grew fast. I would use them for wooden cars I would create and run on the playground at elementary school. Some of the Teachers would come out and supervise me to make sure my homemade Shrike wouldn't crash and burn down the school or injure some other child. To pay for my passion of gas engines and model airplanes I would mow lawns in the neighborhood and when I had enough money I would buy a new Cox model. I still have many of them. Some were so cool to me, I kept them in the box and just displayed them. I still have many of my Cox toys I bought in the seventies. Fun times and it was enjoyable to get out and get dirty playing with a very interactive toy."|
|"I stumbled on this thread and couldn't resist a comment. A product of the '50's, I can recall with vivid memories those days of my youth when the afternoon and evenings were spent at the local school tennis court with a good friend and several Cox airplanes. We had them all it seems over those years. Some survived until the fuel softened the plastic to the point of no return. Some only lasted a few flights. Either way, they provided us with countless hours of entertainment, and taught us how engines work and the thrill of flight. It seems those days are gone. No longer do you see a group of boys huddled around a small plane getting it started and watching it fly. Computer games have taken their place. I wouldn't trade even one of those days or memories for all the computer games in the world. Thanks for the memories Cox."|
- John W.
|"Born in 1939 may make me the oldest Cox user. My 1st Cox engines were the TD Space Bug and Thermal Hopper. I've used all from the tiny .010 to the beautiful Olympic .15. During high school, I worked at Bram's Hobby Shop in Gary, IN, and got to check out new items that were made in a great period. Several are still in my shop. Tried interesting my grandchildren with the .049 UC planes but they said it made them dizzy! Not sure now that they share my gene pool.|
Was very fortunate to share flying with local kids at the school yard across the street. Then I reached out Nationally with published magazine articles that used Cox engines and cars; June,1971....Pit Stop; converting the VW Baja Bug to RC Jan., 1976...RCM; RC V-1 Buzz Bomb airplane June, 1981...MA; Improvements to primary UC airplanes April, 1982..MA; How-to illustrated UC flying Aug., 1982...MA; 1/2A Wing Master UC airplane Jan., 1992...Midwest Products instructions for 4 new kits. Many more articles and reviews were also done but these were for slope gliders and electric airplanes.
My daughter has the Cox Curtiss Pusher hanging in the computer room at her home. Cox made the best stuff including many friends that have lasted a lifetime."
- Jim Petro
|"Born in '52 and bought my first Cox airplane in '62 from the proceeds of a little business enterprise I ran at school. I'd dip toothpicks in cinnamon oil and sell them in bundles of 100 for $.25 to my 5th grade classmates. Saved enough of those quarters to purchase a Cox Stuka. Not much of a flyer (for me), but I later married that engine to many Carl Goldberg kit planes and had a blast. Later moved up to a Fox 35 Stunt engine with much bigger, heavier, and more complex build planes like the Nobler, but continued to try to master flying Goldberg 'Lil Satan combat kits with my Cox .049. I've still got a Cox Black Widow.049 that I purchased and flew with my son when he was growing up. I'll pick up a Stuntman 23 or Baby Ringmaster kit off Ebay and fly that Black Widow with my grandsons when they get old enough here in a couple more years.|
I'd watch the RC guys fly their planes, but the price of admission to that level was out of my reach. C/L planes were much more affordable and available.
Today I own and fly a Beech Bonanza (full size) so my aviation "career" truly got its start with that Stuka. Thanks Cox, great lifetime of memories with your products. "
- Stan Watkins
|"I was born in '56 and when I was about 9 we sold these little paper books called Grit for credits. When you got enough credits you got to choose what you wanted out of a book depending on the number of credits! My first one was a red. 049 Prop Rod. It was a lot of fun and my dad helped me start it at first! Lasted about a year and the cement nail holding the tether line came out and it hit a stack of 1x8's busting up the body! Wasn't happy about that! Remember it splitting a board in that stack about four feet! So I saved credits for another and got a cool lite green Shrike! Far better looking than a Prop Rod, can't remember what happened to it but I recently found the wheels and cockpit glass. And nacelle from the first one! Slightly warped from a rocket engine blast using it on a car Blanche that engine came out half way down the road.|
Later about ten years watching my neighbor fly free flights I built one called a Blazer and put my. 049 on it and let her go! It never came back! Flew away. Could hear it up there after it went out of site! Rented a plane and everything looking in tree tops but never found it! Over the years I built more and some from scratch but never flew them again! Bought a Cox orange .020 helicopter for a while, still have the engine from that, bought a TD .020 when I saw them and have run it once! Then for Christmas my wife around 1978 bought me a 7' wingspan Cox glider with the new QZ engine but never got the radio for it!! They sit in a spare room for years then after a divorce they went into my parents' attic!
Recently back after 30 years I have dug them out and they didn't know they were in there! I have polished up all the engines now and have been wanting another Shrike and can't find one so I built one out of a 2x4, put my Shrike wheels and engine with nacelle on it and been having fun gearing it go round and round! Tethered it to a floor jack and after about three runs it walked the jack over bumping something breaking the prop! After finding an old 3 blade in a box I was back in business! I got an outside table umbrella holder made a top for it. Filled it with sand and it works great for holding the tether line! Which I'm using what cable guys pull their lines through pipes with! 2500 lb pull strength!
Love the Cox stuff and all the fun things They have made to make our lives fun!! Wished they would make a come back! Love it!!!"
- Rick D. Smith
|"I was born in 1959 and I had many of the Cox control line planes. I had the Stuka, P-51, and Spitfire. I also had the Cox Dune Buggy, Corvette and Shrike car. All of them lasted many years. I would purchase all of these again if they were available. I still have a Cox PT-19 new in the box. It has never been removed from the box. Just looking at it brings back so many good memories. Please consider putting them back into production."|
- Lenie Lawrence
|"I was born in 1967 and on Christmas about 1974 I got the helicopter that was gas powered and I can still remember the smell of the gas . I remember taking the propeller and putting the end of the spring over it and starting it, and adjusting the needle valve and then it built up enough speed then I let it go and off it went up higher and higher until it ran out of gas then you had to chase it, lol - too much fun! Then I remember getting a control line plane and a control line Funny Car. Great times and great fun for hours on end! That was a great time in my life! Now I`m into building and flying RC planes go figure huh ? Then this past Saturday I won a Cox Airplane in a raffle and it brought back a lot of Great Memories. Thanks for all The Great fun growing up I`m so excited to have you back into making kids today have the experiences we had growing up! Thank You again."|
- Brent Waldo Bakersfield, Ca.
|"My first recollection of a U-control airplane was in 1964 when I was 3 years old. My father had a Cox Green JU-87 Stuka with and 049 engine. My Dad only flew it once..... When I was 11 years old I found it in the attic and then went to the hobby store, bought new lines, fuel and battery. After fiddling around with it for a bit, cleaning and adjusting I happily took it to the park and flew it . I had that Stuka for many years of enjoyment as well as many other Cox U-control classic airplanes. Those were the best times. Flying all day with my brother and friends. Now many years I reflect and wonder where all the U-control planes have gone....we all fly R/C planes now.... but I miss the U-control planes still...."|
- Derek Pickering
|"I love my Cox experience. First time I went to (age 8) Disneyland I got a Curtiss P-40 Warhawk (tan) and proudly carried it home on the plane to our home town. I had tried flying the PT-19 trainer at the flight circle and crashed it but it was put back together and I got to try again and crashed again. Then, at home I tried flying my P-40...no one really showed me how and it really was hard to start, but finally I got it started (in the right direction) and took off...great...and I lost control and it went over my head and smacked into the ground. I never gave up though.|
More P-40's, PT-19s, and others. Never flew them well, lucky to get em going, again no one to show me how. And of course, you guessed it, after all this COX experience, I became an airline pilot and flew just fine. The dreams, the glory, that great flying tiger shark mouth. Those were the things dreams are made of. Thanks Cox!!!!"
- Jon Regas
|"I was born in 1963. I got a PT-19 Flight Trainer in 1972 and flew it many times, but always crashed it. One glorious time I did a ROG take-off with it and it circled until I tried a loop. I did a wingover, lines went slack, and it crashed. My little brother flew it successfully many times with his friends. Then I got a Sopwith Camel, but never got it to start. Many years passed, and I built an R/C trainer and learned to fly it. Next, I built a Simple Plastic Airplane Design (SPAD) Spitfire, flew it once and lost it after a tip stall in a swamp. I bought a new engine and two sheets of coroplast, one blue and one yellow. I used them to build a 4-channel bigger copy of the PT-19 Flight Trainer (48" span, .40 engine). The PT-19 and I had unfinished business. My coroplast PT-19 looks almost identical to the original as I remember it, and flies beautifully. I still have it, because just like the original, it is indestructible. Someday I'd like to try flying the original Cox PT-19, because I think I could fly it successfully now."|
- Andrew Olson
|"It was the summer of '69 when Dad got me the P-40 Warhawk Cox .049. Touchy little thing, but fun, once it started up, if it started up, (and if you don't have divots out of your index finger, You never owned a .049 start sticks? Never heard of them,)"|
- James Buxton
|"I was born in 1944. The three manufactures that got me interested in airplanes were Clarence G. Taylor. Jim Walker, and Cox. My Dad was flying a Taylorcraft airplane powered by a 55hp Lycoming. He took me flying at the tender age of four! It must had made a terrific impression on me! Dad bought me one of Jim Walker's A J Hornets. He wound up the plastic propeller and put it on the hood of his car and let it take off. When it reached the front of the hood, it was off and flying, and I was hooked ever since! My first control model plane was an A J Firebaby Powered by a OK Cub .049X. The glow plug didn't glow so I didn't get the engine to run. I got it on my twelve year old birthday. It set me back for two years.|
Two years later my brother Randy got a Cox Little Stinker Biplane powered by a Cox .020. The engine ran great he flew it around and it was fun. I finally got a Cox Pee Wee .020 and put it in a Scientific all balsa Piper Cub 18 inch span in Cub yellow and it taught me how to fly U Control. The Cub was a delightful airplane to fly, I loved it. I later got my first Babe Bee .049 and put it in a Veco Free Flight Taylor Cub. The Cox .049 was plenty of power for it, and it went up high in the sky! It was often a long chase to find it. At this time I was making Old Timer free flights 48 to 50 inch wingspans. Guess what powered them Cox .049 engines! They were Babe Bees, Black Widows, Golden Bees, and Medallions. My Utility Gas Job 54 inch span Cox Medallion .09 went a distance of six miles in wide circling flight and was airborne for 31 minutes! My Playboy Senior Cabin, Cox .049 flew a distance of eight miles. I lost it but it was returned to me no damage at all! I had my name and address on the model.
The biggest airplane I got to fly was my Taylorcraft BC 12D powered by a 65 hp continental. It was a joy to fly. It had a glide like a high performance free flight model airplane. I really enjoy those glow engines. I enjoy starting then and watching them run even if its to windy to fly. They all made my life extra special."
|"I was born in 1984. I was about 11 years old and the control line planes where my first step into the gas engine world of flight. LOVED them. I would love to know if we could still get those .049 planes... Let me know. Thanks COX!"|
- Britt Davis
|"Christmas of 1993 I was 10 and my dad bought me a plastic PT-19 control line with a Cox 049. The same he had when he was a kid! Next Christmas a .049 Black Widow and an all balsa Carl Goldberg Lil' Jumpin' Bean. Control line lead to RC planes in high school, and flying lessons in college. This all led to flying jets and turbo props for a charter company! I still fly RC and love it! It's cheaper than desert toys, river toys and road toys. I wish more 10 year olds were figuring out how to build and fly models and not how to pass the latest video game."|
|"I must have been about 10 back in 1962, when my dad bought me one of those rubber band held together, indestructible, Baby Bee powered trainers. Well, he wanted to have the first flight, and what a flight it was. It was a wingover from launch, that ended in the asphalt. The Baby Bee survived but the plastic, indestructible wing did not. I went on to balsa planes, Golden Hawks, Stuntmasters, Ringmasters, Little Stinkers, etc, with Baby Bees, Golden Bees, RR-1's and Tee Dees. The plastic plane never flew again, but I did. A very good era in my life!
- Billy Moore
|"My first experience with powered control-line model airplanes was with a Wen-Mac racer (all red, wood prop, remember?)when I was 11. It flew poorly, or at least that's my recollection: my dad was the only one to fly it and he put it in the ground within the first 10 seconds. There was no place close to where we lived, and it was never repaired. Fast-forward to 1959 and a Cox Curtiss Pusher kit, complete with 0.049 for $10.00. I bought it, built it and managed to fly it successfully, at my grade-school playground. Heavy and slow, it still fascinated me, and I bought several other Cox airplanes, by far the best of which was the PT-19. As with the Curtiss, I painted the pilot figures and it looked great in yellow and blue. I tried a few other makes, including a Wen-Mac P-38, but none flew so well as the PT-19. That led to bigger airplanes, especially Sterling's Ringmaster with a 0.35 engine and 80-foot control lines, but I still have fond memories of the Cox airplanes. Thanks, Leroy!"|
- DC Shoemaker
|"Here is a link to a YouTube video in which I describe my first encounter with a Cox engine... and how it lead to a lifetime hobby."|
- Richard Geertson
|"I was born in 1956 - I was about 10 and my brother about 8 and we were always trying to guess our Christmas presents under the tree - we could see through the thin wrapping that it was an airplane - we were so excited to get an airplane when we opened the box on Xmas morn there was nothing in it - we couldn't speak, we felt guilty and sad, and then my dad went to the closet and pulled out a control line Cox .049 Spitfire plane and we were so happy - we went to the park in a foot of snow and hand launched it with my 18 yr old uncle and had great fun - we didn't care how cold it was. I flew a lot of c/l plastic and balsa models after that all with Cox engines. It was so much fun!!!"|
|"All during elementary school I was buying and flying Cox .049 model airplanes. I still have the engines to prove it. Many of the models have been lost, but I still have a few left. Many advancements to starting the engines have come since we first hand started them. Best of luck to all who enter the aviation industry."|
- Mr. P. LeFebvre
|"I was probably 12 when I got my P-51 Mustang Control Line gas (nitro fuel) flyer. I played with it until the paint melted off from all the spilled fuel. Alas, I only wish I could buy one for my 9 yr old to enjoy. He is too young for an RC but is raring to go for this sort of fun. COX, PLEASE consider manufacturing these wonderful toys again. PLEASE!"|
- Tim Rapoza
|"Born in 1955, in the UK I used to press my nose against the window of my favorite model store when in town, during the mid 1960s and see the cans of Thimbledrome fuel and the diminutive Tee Dee .010 in its bubble pack for the princely sum of 21shillings. A fortune when I got just sixpence a week pocket money, (there were 12 pennies to a shilling) so that was 42 weeks of saving. I was helped out by a five shillings birthday present, I nearly made it, saving nineteen shillings and sixpence. But I could hang out no longer and dipped into my hard saved kitty for something else...I never managed to get that much again and bitterly regretted my weakness when peering through the shop window on all my next visits. I managed to get flying however with an old diesel, given to me that had no compression and took most of the flying days to start, in my homemade balsa models. Gained loads of fun and experience over the next few years, with such things until graduating as an adult to a kit-built powered radio controlled glider , powered by a trusty cox 049. Several large models later and OS Engine four-strokes etc. kept me happy for years until my mid fifties, when I discovered eBay, and collectors offering 'Mint' Cox Tee Dee engines in the original bubble packs and boxes, for incredible prices. All my memories came flooding back and I bid on several, but even now their final price still outstripped my (sane) budget, if not my available one. So it seemed I was forever to be denied one...but then I managed to find an unpacked used one, that I could actually afford and.... dare to run. So finally after forty five years I realized my original goal and have my little red tanked gem in pride of place in my display cabinet. Well worth the wait.. I reckon."|
- Steve W.
|"Ah, the Cox Mercedes Benz. Had one around 1963; followed by other Cox tether(glow) and slot cars. For me, Cox products were a "gateway" to other model aircraft endeavors. In the hobby since the late 50s and still active with U/C Stunt and R/C Pattern.. Fast forward 2013, again have Cox Mercedes and .045 Special tether cars. Too bad America has given up on manufacturing these and similar items in the States."|
- Frank I.
|"I grew up in the country back in the early 70's so until they paved the local school parking lot, there wasn't anywhere to fly. I had the orange Skymaster tricycle landing gear model-it was very stable and nearly indestructible. I became the local ace early on and my neighbor had a set of "Snoopy and the Red Baron" Cox models that he wanted me to fly. We couldn't get the Fokker Tri-plane to start, but with me 25 feet away at the other end of the lines, he was able to get the Sopwith Camel (complete with Snoopy at the controls) started. He adjusted the needle valve until the .049 was screaming--problem was I forgot to tell him to make sure the engine wasn't running backward before he let it go... He released it and the plane raced backward for about four feet when the tail skid struck a rock, flipped upside down, and still running, shot off inverted at a 45 degree angle. Not being familiar with flying inverted (or backwards), it stalled and dropped to the asphalt like a rock. We were so stunned by the events and the deafening silence that all we could do was stand there for a minute and look at each other, and then in a fit of panic (all younger brothers have experienced this) picked up the pieces and hid them from his older brother!"|
- Tony K
|"Born in '54 and grew up in the UK. Dad worked for British Air Force (RAF) and was sent to one of the bases in Singapore for 3 years in '64. Singapore was better than the UK for Cox planes and many shops stocked the Cox models. First one was a PT-19 and went through nearly all the plastic spare parts due to several bad landings! Progressed through to a Spitfire (of course!) and had great fun with that as well. CL flying was very popular in Singapore, and we quite often used to have 'stunt fly offs' with the local population (who quite often won!). Happy days and thanks Cox for some happy memories."|
- Mike West
|"Hmmm, not sure if I'm the only girl here, but I still have my green Shrike from around 1974 when I was about 10 years old. My brother also had a plane - I think a Pitts Special. We lived in Southern California at the time, and close to the Santa Ana facility. The local schoolyard had lots of room to play with the Cox toys. I remember my bro nailing the Shrike's tether into the schoolyard asphalt and me being frightened by the speed. (Maybe now it wouldn't seem so fast?) One day he talked me into letting the Shrike run free off the tether. I was scared something terrible would happen, but did it anyway. Well, it slammed into the school building and sheared the motor mount clean off. Dad glued it back on and it worked fine after that. I was fortunate to be able to visit the Cox main facility at that time. My parents bought me an official jacket with the Cox logo patch and red stripes on the arms. Anyone remember those? Anyway, great memories!"|
- Lisa F.
|"I also had the Sopwith Camel but it was always tail heavy . I got maybe 10 flights out of it and had a great time. My friend David had the PT-19 (blue) he was a champ doing loops and flying at Fifers Field in Northern Virginia, I now fly electric park flyer's and ultra micros indoors. A friend's (Greg) mother was cleaning out the house to sell and found his old P-40 still new in the box. It now hangs in my hobby room."|
- Richard Anderson
|"Such a coincidence! Like most of you, I was also born in the early 60's in Colombia, and by the mid 60's, my dad brought home a Wen Mac yellow and red SBD4 Dauntless bomber. In the mid 70's, when my mother told me that my "American cousins" were coming to visit us, immediately I presented my wish list to their mum, who really was a very close friend of my mum in their childhood. Yeah! She made it through the customs with all of my 3 boxes! The P51D Miss America, the Piper 150 and the Super Sport Trainer were all here. In 1982 and together with some college folks, we decided to recover any planes that we knew other people had around, ending up with quite an enlarged stock: a PT19 trainer, a Super Chipmunk, a Zero fighter from Testors, a Pitts Special and an additional green Dauntless. By the time, I decided that in order to keep the tradition of my wish list, I had to buy some new ones: a Fokker Triplane and an Extra 300 which I got on an auction on eBay this one still kept in its original box and not flown yet. And nowadays, the Sport Trainer, both Dauntless bombers, the Zero, the PT19, the Pitts Special, the Fokker, the Extra and all the "dependable" engines of those that are no longer with me, are still here in perfect flyable or operating conditions. But as we all have to move on, a few days ago I decided to step into r/c. And you may guess the brand I chose for that."|
- Mario Romero
|"I first saw Cox models at Disneyland in L.A., Calif. I stood for a very long time watching a guy fly not just one airplane but three at a time. He was in a fenced in area next to the TWA rocket (ride). This happened in the early 1950's. I still have Cox engines and a control line model I use to fly in the cul-de-sac. I use to fly an Aquila glider. I now build and fly what is called 1/4 scale. I fly a F4U Corsair, T-28, T-34 and am building a 90" wingspan Starduster II which will sport a 3.7 ci engine. I just wish people would support the hobby better for it is a heck of a lot better than that stuff they can get of the streets. Best flying."|
- E.J. McMurtrie
Editor's Note: Photos of Cox Models at Disneyland
|"April 1974 my dad bought me the PT-19 for my birthday. We went that weekend to fly it. That's when I think he bought it more for himself then me. He flew it a couple times til I got the hang of it by watching. Well my first flight lasted about two circles and down it went. After replacing the broken rubber bands and starting it up, I was in the air again. This time lasting til it ran out of fuel. I could only fly it with him at a place designated for it. So he bought me the famous Jeep. I loved playing with that in the open field across the street. The best part I did it on my own. Fast forward to 1978 when I tried my hand a R/C. I got the Cessna 210 Centurion and the Cox/Sanwa remote (the one with the two red lights). I had a couple of crashes, but nothing that couldn't be repaired. I flew that plane for many years. Now 2013 and I have the Jeep and the same Cessna and remote. Not my original, they disappeared years ago. The looks I get when I pull the relic out. When they get a load of the remote and a closer look at the plane, they realize it's a Cox. Then the stories start. Some of the younger and newer generation kinda still give it a weird look. They don't understand all the fuss over an old plane and remote. They will learn as time goes on!! I am after the PT-19, but the prices keep me waiting, but I will get one. I miss going to a hobby store and seeing all the Cox stuff. I always wanted the Adam-12 car. I will get one too someday. I miss those days of out door fun. No video games to distract!!!"|
- Richard Merrill
|"My first RC plane was a scratch-built plane with a Baby Bee .049 engine. I also converted a Guillows 24" span Cessna 170 to RC with that same engine years later in college (looked cool and went like heck!). Had a PT-19 given to me and it was the most fun I had ever had with a control line plane! Still have a Tee-Dee .049 & an .049 out of a control line plane (not sure what happened to the plane...). I always loved those engines and the planes I put them in. I think I still have a set of plans I drew up for a 28" P-51 Mustang designed around the Tee-Dee .049, I may have to build it one of these days! I really wish you guys would bring back the control line planes. they were sturdy, flew well, and great fun to start and fly!!!"|
- Shane Peterson
|"I was born In 1955 and was a hard core Cox fan from 1965 till now. We had both slot cars(Cheetah) and several planes. A friend and I sent off to RC Modeler magazine for plans 1/2A Mosquito (Twin Black Widows). It was amazing to fly. Does anyone know if these plans are still available?"|
- (no name provided)
Editor's Note: RCM plans are available at www.rcmplans.com
|"My father bought a .049 Cox Stuka in 1965. That resulted in all my 3 sons becoming Commercial Pilots through me ( I was born in 1960). I still have the engine in pristine condition. Please send me a photo of the plane so that I can enlarge it to become a trophy at the annual get-together. So precious. By the way, I am a Heart Surgeon, so they saw the light. Thank you Cox!"|
- Les Busse
|"I actually flew the planes in the Cox model planes TV commercial here in Australia. Guess it must have been the early 70's, a Fokker biplane of some description and a British biplane perhaps a Sopwith?. I was flying control-line combat down at the local park, and a guy stops, drops us a card, and asks us to get our parents to call him. Several days of filming later, we got paid in models that we had already crashed and broken. Was a hoot at the time, but faded into obscurity LOL after. Been searching YouTube and the net for a copy of that advert so I can show the grand kids. Any clues where to start?"|
- Peter R
|"When I was the age of 12 years I bought a Cox Golden Bee .049 cu .It was my first model engine. Unbelievable. It was a gold colored model glow engine which screamed it out when running at full RPM. I was very happy with it all the years. Now I have reached the age of 63 years and a huge number of Cox model engines are in my collection which brings back memories about my first Cox engine and how my interest in combustion engines got started."|
- Gerard Bleekman
|"WOW! I was born in 1964. My Dad bought my oldest brother the Sandblaster car with the recoil start .049 engine for Christmas in 1972. I had never seen one of these cars. I can remember the smell of the fuel and the horror the first time it fired up! The excitement was like nothing I had ever experienced. My brother would never let me use it -so when he was not around It got a lot of use. I remember wearing out the starter cable and getting my fingers pricked by the wire strands - determined to get it started - just one more time. Not knowing parts where available this car sadly unknowingly made its way to the trash. Now 40 years later, having lost my brother to cancer - and searching for the "good old times" I have found comfort and lots of fun searching for and rebuilding the early Cox cars. My desire has turned to a small sickness. It all started with the 1st Sandblaster I found on e-Bay with a locked up engine. I self taught myself a lot and revived the little devil.|
Then it was, I will buy one more to save, then Oh, I gotta get that one cuz it was a later model with a different engine. Then it was a professional paint job on one of the bodies. From there it have exploded into a 25 car collection ranging from the original prop rods - both series, through the Shrike, all years and colors of the Dune Buggy, Baja Bugs, Action Vans, and Jeep. I have yet to acquire the Funny Cars, Trike, Dragster, Matador, Adam 12, Riviera or Corvette. These will be the finals for my collection. I love working on these and minting them out. Many sources available for stickers, engine parts, and repro body parts. e-Bay is a great source. Would love to see these cars make a come back but fearful it would be an overseas venture and the quality would never be matched. Thanks for all the great memories of these 2 stroke racers."
|"Born in 1944. About 1954 I spotted a Yellow Cub by Cox at the local sporting goods store. It was about $10. That is all I wanted for Christmas. But instead I got a friction metal airplane you push along the floor. Money was tight in a big family those days. A year later, at Christmas I got the Yellow Piper Cub. My Dad said he would show me how to fly it. It went straight up and straight down and broke the plastic canopy that holds the engine. So it would take 6 weeks to get a new one for $3.50. Finally that spring, I built a balsa plane and used the engine from the Cox Cub. I flew it all summer and many more airplanes the following few years. The pretty plane I never got to fly still looks good to this day and got me started in flying. Thanks Cox."|
- Nick A.
|"I think I must have been about 10 years old (1963) when Dad (Santa) gave me a Thimbledrome Model Spitfire. I was daft on aircraft of any sort - so imagine my joy at getting this! Sadly, it only flew a few times - I couldn't get the hang of it, and I seem to remember the 'engine' gave up the ghost! However this remains just one of many happy memories of growing up in the 60's."|
|"Had a Cox Stuka (black) and didn't know they came in green until reading the post here. My older brother gave it to me for Christmas in the late 60's. First flight (for me) ended in a wing over (broken wings). I eventually built and learned to fly a Cox 049 "Babe Bee" powered Cosmic Wind. I found a Cox P-51 in the trash which I admired and eventually had several PT-19's (some still new in the box) which I taught my children to fly. Went on to enjoy the Black Widows and eventually the Tee Dee's for 1/2A combat. Still own several models and engines including a Pee Wee .020, or is it a .010? Better go look!"|
|"When I was a kid in 1966 I lived in Santa Ann. My dad worked for a freight company that shipped all of Cox's merchandise. One day he came home with 10 boxes of unclaimed freight and you know what I am going to say next - yes, it was all slot cars, gas engine planes and cars. There was so much of it some never got used. There was a slot car track around the corner and I did take several cars there. I had 4 La Cucaracha 4 Jim Hall Chaparrals and the larger and smaller Ford GTS. Also a gas powered Corvette that ran on a line and the gas Dune Buggy, Stuka Dive Bomber, Spitfire, Trainer Plane and many Mark 4 controllers. I have about 1/3 of the cars and gas planes still in the box. The kind of kid I was I drove the car off the tracks, crashed the planes, and burned up the controllers but a lot has survived."|
- Randal Johnson
|"Born in 1959. Mowed lawns the whole summer of 1970 and earned $10.30 to buy a P51 Mustang! Other kids in the neighborhood who already flew taught me how to fly it. Had been watching older kids flying since the early sixties and finally got my own glow powered plane. I was so proud and loved the responsibility of earning money to pay for fuel and batteries. Continued on with balsa profile with scraped engines from Cox models at garage sales, or just kept them flying cannibalizing parts. My parents let me set up a small corner in the garage where I worked on them. Man what I would give to see Cox classic glow engine models back on the market new manufactured again."|
|"I am 39 years old and have been flying Cox airplanes a good 37 years of my life. Control line first, then RC. I've been collecting Cox planes and engines for about as long as I have been flying them. They were all quite rugged, especially the PT-19 trainer. Its given me many hours at the control. Next would come a Sig Colt with a Medallion .15 and a Cox Sanwa 2-channel radio that was already 10 years old. It worked well enough to get me hooked. Then one summer I purchased an Eagle 2 single-channel glider with the included hi-start. That eventually turned into work chasing the hi-start and a lot of walking. So I decided I would put one of those old trusty .049 engines from earlier years on a pod to really get some altitude and as luck would have it I failed to turn on the receiver pack. Needless to say it got plenty of altitude with no control and just happened to find that one thermal I'd been so anxious to find. Bye, bye went the Eagle 2, never be found again.|
I now have around 60 planes in my collection. Control line and radio control, along with 100 or so engines. About every one imaginable. I would really like to see a lot of these old planes be reproduced so that more youngsters can have the opportunity to enjoy the sport as much as I have. Thank you Cox Hobbies for all you have offered me in the hobby. Thanks."
- Brent Davis
|"En 1974 me regalaron mi primer Cox P-51, no me olvido de los arranques y el olar de la gasolina quemada, asi como el sonido tan agudo de su motor. Que tiempos aquellos, solamente tenía 11 años."|
- Herman Castellanos
(English translation: In 1974 I got my first Cox P-51, I can't forget the starts and the smell of burned fuel, as well as the sharp sound of its engine. Those were the days, I was only 11.)
|"I was born in 1954, and I got a Cox Prop Rod model car for my birthday in 1966. Later I got a Cox Chaparral model car. I ran both cars on a tether in my neighbor's garage; they were so fast my neighbor's Dad was really impressed! Later, I was lucky enough to get a PT-19 Trainer, which was forgiving enough to survive many crashes, and allowed me to develop enough skill to fly an .049 powered Mustang, which I got later. Some of the most cherished memories I have involve flying those planes and running those cars, thanks to two very understanding and generous parents. Nothing I have done
since has been as exciting or as much fun!"|
- Larry Collins
|"I was born in 1963. I was 12 when my older brother purchased me a Cox Fokker. We spent many a lot of hours flying that plane. Words are hard to express the memories we had together. I lost my brother to cancer when he was just 41. For Christmas this year my girlfriend had found me the same model plane and gave it to me as a gift. I cried. It brought so many thoughts of my brother back to me. Thank you Cox."|
- Robert Luttrell
|"I remember 1969 and I received a green Grasshopper Cox airplane for Christmas. My Dad and I started the engine right in the house and my Mother was not having any of that! We flew the plane at a local school playground and I think 3 crashes did the tail of the little plane in. I still have the engine to that plane and the memories of that Christmas are priceless. I miss the old Hobby shops that are now long gone where balsa profile models were so plentiful, and I could mount that old .049 and relive my childhood again!"|
- Butch Nielsen
|"I was born in 1962. The first Cox plane my parents bought me was a Pitts Special as a Christmas gift in 1971. Later that year in the summer I had seen an ad to sell seeds door to door for some company. One of the items you could get if you sold enough was a Cox Sopwith Camel. I wanted this plane so bad but I was not able to sell enough cases of seeds. Seeing how hard I was trying my uncle bought 3 cases of seeds which put me over the top. I sent the money order and about a month later the plane had arrived! I loved flying those planes. In the next few years I would come to own quite a few Cox gas powered products, just to name a few; the P-51 (green and silver types), P-40 Warhawk, Stuka, the big sport trainer, Pinto funny car, dragster, a green Shrike (ran the heck of that one) and my all time favorite the Crusader stunt trainer. Man I loved that plane. All of them were lost to a flood in my parents basement after I joined the Air Force in 1980. Recently I have started a new collection. New Shrikes (RC and tether), an unused Pinto funny car, a Sopwith Camel, a wings easy fly-er (just to get be used to flying again), and not one but 2 Crusaders. Oh and a new Cobra helicopter I got for my 8 year old son. Summer in Pittsburgh Pa. is going to be a great one again. Ah, those memories. Castor oil on the hands and in the air, sore fingers from props snapping back. Can't wait. Thank you Cox."|
- Mark Cassata
|"I was born in 1961 and my brother was born in 1960. We had lots of different Cox models. My favorite was the Cox Dragsters, I had the pearl white Pinto, my brother the orange Vega. We used to set up a tether line in a mall parking lot and run them. Some other kids stopped by, one was riding a Honda 50. They wanted to race against the car and the 50 lost badly so we allowed him to get a rolling start almost up to full speed and he still could not match the speed of my Pinto. Those cars were great fun. We also had the Chevy Vans that had changeable discs that would change the course the Van would drive. They were kind of slow but we had fun with them also. We lived in Ohio and in the winter we would tape tacks on the rear tires to make spiked tires. Worked OK but the vans had low ground clearance and would high center in (deep) snow. I had an airplane, I think it was the Sport Trainer, it was like a maroon purple. I remember it had a white #32 on it. It seemed heavy and slow and I was afraid to fly it so I let my oldest brother fly it. He made several laps and it really got up to speed and he started to get dizzy and lost his starting point and ran it into a stop sign. Busted into a million pieces but it was a cool looking airplane. I wish Cox still made those dragsters, they were my favorite, I would buy some for my now 12 year old."|
- John Back
|"I was born on 1981. During my 14th birthday I was able to gather money and I bought for myself a "Tailfun 17-E" sport plane with the Cox engine
Ranger V that I found in a toy store at Sitia-Crete in Greece. I paid 90.000 Drachmas that time almost 250 Euros today. Yes, Cox engines were to be found also in Greece. And I am still flying with it. Thanks Cox I am still a
small boy with you..."|
- Emmanouil Georgopoulos
|"I was 12 years old in 1974. I had a 0.49 cox engine with a propeller that I would nail to a board. It looked like one of those boats on the everglades only mine had wheels. We would take it to the play ground and let it go. Man what a blast!"|
- Winn Forman
|"When I was about 10 or 11 (born, early 60's) my folk's got me a tether Corvette (red) for Christmas (my neighborhood friend got a airplane w/a wen mac (which was hard to start). After a few months of running my car in the basement around the support pole, mom got sick of it (don't know why, hee hee, God rest her soul). So I took it up to my school on a weekend and ran a 1000 foot of braided fishing line w/a V stop for deceleration (which worked well after 10 or so runs). Well on that last run the deceleration set up failed and crashed in to this cement curb block at around 60 - 65 miles an hour. Needless to say, dad was upset, mom was just fine w/it! Now that I'm older and have gotten into bigger projects those childhood days still beckon!"|
|"I was born in 1958 in Argentina - South America and now I?m an old fatty Aeronautical Engineer with 48 years of experience as air modeler in several categories. Recently I became an RC jet pilot. Cox was a loved friend during my young years. My father gave me my first British Spitfire with a Cox .049 glow engine to my 8th birthday. Then I collected a lot of Cox engines of different sizes and models during my life, from .010 ; .020 ; & .049 (Pee Wee; Baby Bee ; Tee Dee, etc.,etc.) All of them gave me very happy moments !!!"|
- Guillermo Jorge Nardi
|"I was born in 1966 and I my Dad bought me a Spitfire with a Cox Black Widow engine. I flew and crashed it in the late 1970's. I still have my Cox Black Widow engine today and it still runs perfectly. I treasure those memories as a kid, especially the smell of the fuel and my single battery pack to power the glow plug, even though I fly radio control large scale today. "|
- Robert Cox 'Coxxie'
|"I was born in 1959. I got my first Cox model when I was about 9 or 10 years old. It was a yellow T-28 "Trojan" and was given to me by my Mom. My brother volunteered to be the test pilot, and crashed it on the first outing. Never got it to fly right, but it gave me memories I will always cherish. It also paved the way to my aviation career. Just got to love those .049s. Cox models were not only popular in America but in the Philippines as well. Thanks Cox."|
- Eugene Lacson
|"I remember Cox when I was 12 years old in NY in Queens where they had a park with two circles and a few fellers were flying planes on strings. I was hooked and they both had my father and brother join and build line control models made by Cox. Wow great memories, Thank you. Now my son JJ is building models and flying better than I was."|
- Jerry Morales
|"The greatest memories! My first plane was the PT-19 flight trainer which I got when I was 10 years old. I was enamored with all Cox products and remember flying (and crashing!) it for many hours. Still remember the rubber band fuselage/wing assembly. My second plane was the little red Pitts special...that guy was hard to fly. Great, great fun and anticipation waiting for the moment when the opened package turned out to be my new plane!"|
- Mark Gauthier
|"My first was the .049 Grasshopper. I wish I still had the pics from that era. I recommend the site get a photo album started."|
- KC Zeuch
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|"I was born in 1964 and my brother bought me a Cox tethered plane for my 11th birthday...... I think it was a P-51 Mustang with an .049 engine but I can't remember."|
- David Howard
|"I was born in June 1961 and grew up in Southfield, MI (Detroit area). I got my first Cox PT-19 Flight Trainer in around 1967/68. I also had a Cox P-51 Mustang, a P-40 Warhawk and a Ju87d Stuka dive bomber with the little plastic bomb that actually could be dropped. I also remember my brother getting for Christmas a Cox F4U Corsair. What great boyhood memories I have of all my and my friends Cox model airplanes."|
- Capt. Curt Garrett, Central Texas
|"It was the night before Christmas 1971|
It was the night before Christmas, and all through the house,
not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
I anxiously waited for that day to get here,
to get that Cox airplane in air oh so clear.
To get that dizzy feeling that I really crave,
to fly it around, oh how I would be so brave.
To it fly around near the speed of light,
How it would make me smile, with such great delight.
That smell of nitro would cling in the air,
all over my hands and all over my hair.
Then out the window I heard such a clatter,
I dropped my remote to see what was the matter.
It was that fat man from up north of Washington state,
Would he have goodies for me? That would really be great!
I screamed with delight, as I shouted with glee,
a brand new Cox airplane, all just for me.
Now I'm so happy, and ready for flight.
to all a good Christmas, and all a good night."
- (no name provided)
|"I was born in 1950 and flew my first U/C when I was eight. Back then we called it U/C, later it was called control line or C/L. I don't remember the first Cox product I owned because I owned most of them. My favorite was the chrome P-51 and the Yellow/Blue PT-19. My friends and I got into tether racing around about 1959 with the Cox .049s. We weren't happy with just one .049 engine. We had to put two and three engines on a car. To be honest, it got a little out of hand. We got into 1/2a combat and stunt. After the little engines wore out, we hung the pistons around our neck on little chains. I know it sounds crazy now, but it was cool back then. I am now 62 and still building and flying model planes."|
- F. R. Cox
|"Born in 1952. I had the Cox red Fan Jet, the Curtis Helldiver, and the PT-19."|
|"I was born in 1961 and had so many Cox models and motors over the years that I can't count them! One of my favorite memories was my older brother getting a Cox Dune Buggy (the one modeled on the classic '60s Myers Manx) for Christmas in 1971 (or '72?). Well it was cold and there was about a foot of snow on the ground in Dayton, OH so my Dad fired it up in the family room and slid open the patio door and set it loose in the backyard! We loved watching it bounce over the snowdrift "sand dunes" and howled with laughter. Mom wasn't so thrilled with the screaming banshee of the .049 spewing Castor oil smoke in the family room, but it was awesome!"|
- Scott McCrate
|"About 1964 I received a burgundy colored Buick Riviera, living in what was then "rural" Troy, MI. My dad & I would take the car to the parking lot of the local high school, string a long line out and run single car "drags". That led in later years to a Cox .049 powered model hydroplane speed boat ~ Miss Thriftway. Row out to the middle of a small lake, set the rudder, fire it up and let 'er go! We once didn't row out of the way fast enough and the little boat plowed into the rowboat, no damage to either one. A bit later I bought a "Black Widow" and installed that in the hydroplane, also got a slightly bigger prop. Problem was that it tended to lift the stern of the boat out of the water, but if it got settled in, boy howdy, would it run. That engine later powered a scratch built everglades-type swamp boat. Also about the same time, my sister gave me a Red Baron for Christmas, thinking the small size was right for a beginner. The local school parking lot provided the flying zone, and so on Christmas day, my cousin fired the plane up, with me on the control handle. One-quarter of a circle it made, going up, then nose first into the asphalt and broke the crankshaft of the engine! The only time it ever flew and what a spectacular, and sad, ending! Sadly, all the boats, cars and planes are now gone..."|
- Tom Fisher
|"I was born in '46, and was introduced to Cox engines and models by my Dad, who was a pilot. He used to call them 1/2A engines! I loved the little .049 engines 'cause they were easy to start and always ran great. We put them on several free flight ships and chased them for miles. Great fun! You guys built and still build great products, so keep up the great work!"|
- Dick Bigelow
|"Born in 1951 - had multiple Cox .049 engines over the years and wish I had kept them all so I could have the fun with my grandchildren now! They always ran great, they're very crash resistant and easy to work on. Testors also made .049 engines and planes but they never were as reliable as my Cox ones. Loved to put the .010 and .020 and .049 on free flight models as well as CL and early radio models I built. My first galloping ghost radio set and airplane (Goldberg Jr. Falcon) was powered by a Cox and the engine always out performed the radio! As an East coast kid (grew up in NC) it was a real treat to fly out to visit CA relatives and actually get to go to Disneyland. The Cox demo was the high point of my Disney experience and the whine of the engines drew me like a magnet. Great memories of a very worthwhile and fun hobby!"|
- Craig Cheek
|"I was born in 1961. My first plane was a red and white PT19, and then the P40. I taught my best friend how to fly them and together we flew every day we could. I still have that much worn PT19, and fly it once a year just for the fun of it. Seems amazing that those little (now 40 year old) engines can be so strong and reliable. Some of my favorite memories are of flying many tether planes with my pal."|
- Kevin Cleveland
|"I was born in 1949. Dad bought a L-19 Bird-Dog/Cox.049 powered plane sometime in the early 60's. I learned to fly u-control with it. Flew u-control with dad until '68 when I went into the military. Those were good-fun days."|
- (no name provided)
|"Check out this YouTube channel (rcgrabbag) for some videos of vintage Cox vehicles running! Videos include the infamous Cox Jeep, Matador Stocker, and Dune Buggy!"|
|"I'm 60 years old. Interest in flying planes began early in life. My dad and I built planes from scratch. We used all the popular engines of that time. Cox engines were on many of those planes, u/c and free flight. I still have those engines. Gonna teach my kids how to fly. Thanks for the good times! "|
- Philip Langell
|"I was born in 1967 and I saw a Baby Bee in 1970. It was mounted in a small Piper Cub made of wood. I had my own Cox airplane five years later. It was the 1/2A Piper Cub C/L. My friends, now I am 45 years old and my Baby Bee still flies with the same Cub. Really. It is part of my life. I have two Baby Bees more ,my three engines work like the first day. My sons Francisco and Nicolas learned to fly C/L planes with this engines. We have had wonderful days of endless fun. Thanks Cox."|
- Julio Bosco, from Cordoba Argentina
|"I was born in 1963 and I had a few Cox products in the 70s like the 3 Wheeled Chopper and a Baja Bug plus I had a helicopter. Great fun!"|
- Tony Toth
|"I was born in 1956. For Christmas one year I got a gas powered Corvette Stingray. This thing was a blast to play with. Sometimes when it hit a bump running on the tether it would pop up on the back wheels and stay there doing a wheelie. Sadly one day it broke off the tether and slammed into a concrete wall. Messed it up good!"|
- Jeff Germyn
|"I was born in 1956. When I was 11 years old my dad bought me a Cox Spitfire gas model plane for my birthday. I still have the picture of my friends, my mom and the Spitfire next to my birthday cake!!! That was just the beginning. Next I got a gas powered '57 Chevy car. After that I moved into slot cars. The Chaparral and the La Cucaracha were my favorites. Thanks Cox for the memories, as Bob Hope would have said!!"|
- Dan Lawson, Jr.
|"I was born in 1954 and grew up in Southern California, living right across the freeway from Disneyland .The first Cox model I was exposed to was the very first Lil Stinker Pitts biplane. I saw some people flying it and thought it was the coolest thing I'd ever seen!. My grandmother used to take me to Disneyland for my birthday and the Cox flying demonstration area was my favorite attraction. Those guys were incredible model flyers and I couldn't wait 'till I was old enough to have a Cox flying model of my own! Around the age of 10 I was given a Cox Prop Rod, a red four wheeled race car with an .049 prop engine on the back end. This car could be run on a tether in a circle, or as we found out, run free in a very large parking lot. We had such a blast running that car, I will never forget the thrills!! Later I bought a Cox .049 powered Chaparral gas car and enjoyed that immensely. During this time period I had a tan colored "gas station" shirt which had a name patch sewn on the front and I had my Mom sew a large red Cox logo on the back (probably so I could look like an official part of the Cox team at the flying field). My Dad and I were fortunate enough to take a tour of the Cox factory in Santa Ana and that was amazing! Kind of like touring Santa's toy shop, getting to actually see the airplane models being injection molded and being assembled was awesome! I later had a Cox Helldiver, Grasshopper (logged lots of flight time on that one), and a Lil Stinker Pitts (could never get the engine to start, and that is probably why I still have it hanging on my wall in pristine condition today!). I always liked the Cox Ju87 Stuka, my mom wouldn't let me have one, but that's another story. I later got into slot car racing and Cox was involved with that as well. I remember their formula one Ferrari's and BRMs. I bought a Cox Cucaracha slot car and it was a lot of fun and very competitive. I also remember Cox producing a "gas" powered model of Dan Gurney's American Eagle complete with cast magnesium alloy wheels! What a beautiful model. I remember also a Buick Riviera model that was just amazing. Unfortunately photos of these models are all but non-existent today, but in my memory they live on as a wonderful part of my growing up. Thank you L. M. Cox for all of the fun and great memories!!"|
- Dave Heath
|"I got my first Cox .049 trainer in back in 1969 when I was just 12 years old. Once I learned to fly Cox control line fairly well, I got a Cox Stuka and also a Cox .020 Pitts Special which became my favorite plane. As the years went by, I now realize that it must have been my early Cox memories that sparked an interest in the R/C model aircraft hobby. 44 years later, I still fly R/C on a regular basis and also design R/C planes for the model aircraft industry."|
- Andrew Rosz
|"During Christmas of '68, dad, my brother Dickie, and I headed over to my elementary school to fly my new Cox tethered airplane. They attempted twice to show me how to fly the toy plane. After the second crash, the airplane was beyond repair and we went home without my flying the airplane. Regardless, I enjoyed the time with them that sunny winter afternoon. Without an operating motor, I later shortened the line, patched the body/wings, and swung the plane around. Did Santa Claus actually bring the Cox plane for me?"|
- Tim O'Connor
|"My first Cox model was an .049 Corsair Civilian Racer. My father bought this Gleaming reflective model home from Hong Kong in 1970 (that thing went far!). It was the coolest thing in the neighborhood, but it started an Arms Race with other kids getting Stuka, Fokker DVII, Warhawk and PT-19. We flew them every week. So once the airframes were beyond repair, the engines were used to power home made planes, cars, boats, hovercrafts. I fly R/C now but still have the .049, Baby Bee, Black Widow and Tee Dee engines. Cox deserves to be recognized for giving generations of kids the hobby of a lifetime. When's the Cox reunion?"|
- Terry Hsia
|"My brother and I were born in 1956 & 1957. We had the Cox dragsters that ran on a tether. They had a parachute with them that would hit the shut off device in the line to kill the engine the parachutes would deploy. We would put our dragsters together and drag race. Those dragsters were fast. On time when drag racing one of the lines broke loose and the dragster drifted into the other one and both dragsters were destroyed. I would love to find another one."|
|"I was born in 1963 and received my first Cox airplane in 1972 on my 9th birthday from my grandmother. It was a PT-19. She bought me a P-40 a couple years later for Christmas. I loved those airplanes and spent hours flying them on the school grounds and imagining I was actually flying. I loved the way you could feel the forces of flight through the control lines. I have a great collection of Cox models now and still fly them from time to time. They are on display in my home and will be with me forever. Thanks Cox, for the great memories."|
- David Honstein
|"Back in the early 70's I lived in Rhodesia and my first control line plane was the Cox PT-19 with the .049 Baby Bee motor - I had hours of fun with that! I went on to build my own planes, many of which had the Cox Baby Bee motors."|
|"I was born 1960. My first Cox product was the Red Baron. My younger brother and I would go to the church parking lot after school and fly it until we where so dizzy we could not stand up any longer. Our parents saw how much fun we had they bought us the Baja Bug and the dragster. Man we had fun. All of our friends went with us. When we got older we gave them to our younger cousins."|
- Rick Culver
|"I was born in Long Beach, CA in 1953. Before moving from there my parents worked at Cox in the old building and in the new one. Dad was on the mold machine and Mom worked on engine assembly line. My brother and I each had a complete set of all their planes, hydo boats and cars. When we moved, our planes never showed. I do miss them."|
- Loren Moore
|"Born in 1955. In the 60's I got into all kinds of models. I spotted a Cox control line Stuka in the toy store and thought that was the coolest. I saved up my lawn mowing money (around 8 bucks at the time) and bought it. Crashed it and broke the wing off on my first attempt at flying it. Back to saving up for the P-19 trainer, that thing was indestructible and easily survived my flight training. I had a blast with that thing. Thanks!"|
- Gary Kirk
|"I still have PT-19. My dad would take me to the air strip in Jackson, LA. from 1962 to 1964. I was better at it than my brother. The air strip is still there."|
- Nate Manuel
|"I was born in 1960. As a teenager I started collecting Cox cars and planes. We only ran the Shriek and the red dragster. What a blast. I still have several cars and one plane that have never been used."|
- Dave Wiessner
|"Cox planes and engines set me on a path in Aviation, that today I still feel in awe. Born in 1945, I started building and flying Cox planes. Today I am retired but in possession of the coveted Airline Transport Pilot Certificate. Having more than 40,000 hrs. of the best time of my life, I can honestly say, I never felt as if I worked a day in my life. Many thanks and memories belong to Cox."|
- Capt. Ron M. Loggins
|"In 1975 my uncles bought me an Me-109 Super Stunter. Being control line experts they put it through its paces as I watched on. As it was a gift I looked after it. It is still in 1 piece hanging on my wall with the original cellotape holding the wings on. What a great model."|
- Michael O'Brien [Australia]
|"I was a kid in then Rhodesia in the 60's and 70's. Flew a PT 19 and the a Super chipmunk control line with 0.49 engines. Still have 8mm film of me flying them."|
- Nick C
|"I was a young 11-12 year old boy in the early 80's w/business in my head. I had two paper routes and started a childcare service on my own. I remember seeing all the other kids who were older than me flying control line plane's. I wanted one, so I saved up some cash and bought myself the "SPITFIRE". It was very cool. I also loved to build dioramas of the model planes I put together. I took the lines off more than a few times and threw it around. LOL....what great memories. THANKS, Cox."|
- Thomas Kerns
|"Naci en 1967 y en 1980 mis padres me compraron mi primer cox era un Stuka U control a gasolina. Una maravilla, Cox es parte de mi infancia, que buenos tiempos."|
- Edgardo Vera
(English translation: I was born in 1967 and in 1980 my parents bought me my first Cox airplane; it was a Stuka U-control gas. A marvel. Cox is part of my childhood memories. Good times.)
|"On my tenth birthday I got a Cox P-51. Then a few days later my Uncle helped me put it the air. Later I saved some money and bought a P-40. Later I bought a Thompson Trophy Corsair, PT-19 and an L-4 Grasshopper. One of my friends had a Cox gas powered chopper with a three-speed transmission. I also owned a Cox (forgive the spelling) La Cucuraca slot car and a friend had a Chaparral 2-E slot car. These cars ran really well at the local tracks. I wish, just like everyone else, that you would bring back your line of control line airplanes, simply because control line is becoming popular once again."|
- Mark Straub
|"I was born in 1963 in Mexico City and my first plane was the Sopwith Camel. The P-51D Mustang was my favorite plane. And I have preserved my panes until today. "|
- Juan Carlos Martin
|"I was born in 1965 and my Cox plane was a P-51 Mustang. Me and my friends had summers of fun with that plane. After finally killing the plane, we put that glow engine on a car built with an Erector set. We ran that thing up and down the street. Could not kill that engine. Finally gave the car to my buddy's kid brother and he kept running it. Probably still running somewhere. Thanks for the awesome memories."|
- Mark Treco
|"I was born in 1958. When I was 10, my uncle bought me a Cox control line Formula 1 car. It was shaped like a yellow Lola Climax and was fitted with a Cox .049 glow engine. That was the start. Then, at the age of 11, while being a control line modeler, I used to get dizzy teaching my friends how to fly Cox warbirds like the little olive green P-51's, the larger scale Spitfire and the all black Stuka (extremely eye catching). If it just were not enough, Cox started to produce rockets. All so detailed that I could spend hours looking at them in the model shop. Cox had no mercy of us. Whilst, after one year saving the money, you could afford to buy the entry level red and white checkered Honest John rocket with its yellow launch platform called the Launch System (that I own till today as a childhood treasure). Cox designers launched into the market with Apollo program rocket replicas. I still remember the working 3 stage Saturn V. The impressive pinnacle of the series.|
Just to show you how Cox impressed that little child on me, 13 years ago, being a licensed pilot and owning my own Cessna 172, just walking down the street I discovered that Cox was still producing those highly detailed warbirds that I used to love and I simply went crazy. Surely in an unconscious attempt to recover the past, I started to purchase all of them: Skyraider, Texan, Me 109, Corsair, etc. Thank you, Cox, for those great times!"
- Jorge Camps
|"Born 1958. Saved up for a .049 powered P-40. Got it home and then realized that I had nowhere to fly it. (This was Hong Kong- it has very
little open space) Eventually found a space exactly the size of the circle. Any drift and I'd hit a tree or concrete. Simply the most exciting toy ever. Kids nowadays don't get the chance to experience the noise and engine starting. Also made a wonderful control line model with the same engine from American Aircraft Modeler magazine plans using new milk carton cardboard from a dairy company, spruce sticks, staples, and an old bell crank. Probably the first glow powered paper airplane!"|
- Ed Hui
|"I am now a licensed pilot and have my own Cessna 172. In about 1970 I had 5 Cox P-51s. I bartered and traded with anyone that was foolish enough to let theirs go (to me they were treasures). They were my own Cox P-51 squadron and I remember thinking how all 5 of them were working and flying models on our farm porch (I thought of the porch as an aircraft carrier) and of all my memories that one is one of the best of my childhood. I wish they would start reproducing all of these models. I am 50 now and have a great collection. I just love the nostalgia of these models. I'm so glad some grown up kid created a company and called it Cox Models, he really had an understanding of what a young boy wanted to dream about. I would like to see reasonably priced reproduction parts so we can keep these old birds pristine! There still a great joy to own and admire, although the flying I do now is a little more realistic, the dreams were so grand! : )"|
- Steve Bickham
|"I was born in '64 and my first Cox model was the yellow Vega funny car. Boy, did that car take off like a rocket!! The most cherished memories are my dad along with my childhood friends having fun, way past dinner time. I can still remember the sounds and smell of, what I call my Golden Years. Thank You Cox for years of fun and memories!!"|
- Alex Sarimazi
|"The Cox control-line planes were the greatest gift ever! I have so many memories of flying with my dad in the late 60's and 70's which are even more precious now that he has passed! Why do you not make these anymore? I have bought two old ones off of eBay but for keepsakes. I would love to give my young son one now!! Please begin manufacturing once more."|
- Tony King
|"I was born in 1961 and started flying Cox model airplanes around 1969. I stated out with a green JU-87 Stuka that my father had owned and gave to me. Then I collected every model of airplane I could get my hands on until 1980. I remember very well visiting the Cox HQ near my home in Fountain Valley / Costa Mesa, CA. Then after Cox left the area due to economics of the time I still flew and kept up as much as possible. I'm glad that Cox is still in business and striving to better and adapt to the markets for future generations to enjoy all their wonderful products."|
- Derek Pickering
|"I was born in 1956. As a young teenager I had several of the control line planes, from the Stuka to the P-51. I would like to know if you still make them? I had hours of fun with these wonderful toys!"|
- Mike Mills
|"I was born in 1958. My first Cox model was the Stuka. I also had a Cox Dune Buggy, and a dragster. The dragster was FAST! I also received a Cox Can Am slot car set for Christmas in the early 70's which my kids and I still enjoy today! Talk about built to last. Thanks Cox for years of fun."|
- Carl Scimeca
|"Hi. My son and I had a Cox helicopter we enjoyed for years. It went straight up in the air, and after it ran out of gas, it would drop 10 ft. a second safely to the ground. Would love to have another one for the grand kids. Cox models were awesome. THANKS."|
- Kerry Reilly
|"I was born in 1959 and had numerous Cox U-control planes along with the Dune Buggy and Baja Bug cars. I wish Cox would reissue these planes and cars. I would buy the planes that I had owned. I fly very large and complex R/C models, but I miss the control line planes that started my love of models and full scale aviation. I still have a Cox PT-19 unused and in its box."|
- Lenie Lawrence
|"When I was a kid I loved those Cox glow engine powered planes. I was born in 1960 and we lived across the street from a school parking lot. So, when I finally did get my first Cox control-line model airplane, I went right across the street and fired up the engine. My brother let the plane go and it went straight up, and straight down. Busted in a million pieces, I don't remember how many planes I cracked up until I finally learned how to control them. If you remember in the earlier days they where made of all hard plastic. One crash and that was it. I wish I could find one of those planes today.
Do they still make the glow engine ones? I bought my childhood home so my living room chair looks out over the same parking lot where I played as a kid. You would not believe how many little kids I have seen there flying Cox planes with there parents. Did they even make a glow powered dune buggy at one time? I think I had one of those too."|
- Dan Ovadenko
|"I was born in 1965 and my first Cox plane was a P-51 Mustang that I got as a prize for selling Christmas cards door to door. From then on I fell in love with Cox glow engines and must have bought at least a half dozen different planes and at least one car. My favorite was the 3-winged Fokker airplane. Of course, as the industrious kids we were, my friends and I would find ways to attach the engines to all sorts of other model planes and cars. Oh, to be 10 years old again!"|
- Jim Gronski
|"I was born in 1958. I had the Red Baron. I also, in the mid-60's, along with my brother, had a Chaparral control line car. Later, with money from my first job, a paper route, I bought a propeller-driven control line car called the Shrike. Looked like a Bonneville Salt Flats racer. I had hours of fun with it. Never got tired of it. Later, I had the Baja Bug, which, I believe, would go about anywhere. They were all fun! And well-made!"|
- Ed Stephens
|"I was born in 1961 and in 1971 had my own paper-route. One of the premiums up for grabs for the most new subscriptions was a Cox P-51 Mustang. I remember working into the night to get new sales to win the P-51 and did so. I still have the Plane today!"|
- Brook Martens
|"I was born in 1956 and got my first Cox model in the early 1960's. It was the Cox P-40 Warhawk, then later came the Cox PT-19, Corsair, P-51 Mustang, JU-87 Stuka, L-4 Grasshopper, Fokker D-7, and the Sopwith Camel. There were probably some more in there that I have forgotten about. They all flew good except the Stuka which I think it was either the weight and/or the design that didn't go well with the engine. I still have some of them to this day and still in very good shape. They were retired long ago and are now hanging from the ceiling in my model airplane building room. I remember I used to work after school and through the summer and saved my money sometimes for almost a whole year so I could go downtown and buy a $15.00 Cox airplane. Those of us that had a Cox airplane were the envy of the schoolyard, everyone would come to watch us fly. It is a shame that today's kids will never know the excitement and freedom we had when we were kids. I so wish Cox would start manufacturing these same models again for today's kids. These models were what taught us older generations into what many of us have done for a living and giving us the encouragement to finish our educations. Society keeps harping on mentoring kids, well, what's the hold up Cox? Start up the production lines...America needs jobs, not China. Cox was there for us back then, maybe Cox can be there for America again. Lets get back to one of the basic things that made America great! Thank You for the memories Cox!!!"|
- Bill Koch
|"I was helping my sister move out of her house today and ran across my father's old Cox Shrike. The memories of that little green car screaming around on that hot asphalt came rushing back! As he passed away in '78 it's been boxed. I think I'll get her running, then show my kids how Grandpa and I had fun. Thanks for all the great times Cox!"|
- Eric Russo
|"I was born in UK in 1946. In the early 60's my mates and I used to have great fun flying control line models in a local field. The best engine I had was a Cox TD .15. I still own this and also a Cox Pee Wee .020."|
- John Newstead
|"Born in '64. I had several COX planes, a helicopter, and a Cox dune buggy of which I still have and it still runs. I'm 48 now but I got that buggy when I was 11 years old. It still has the original .049 motor in it. If I could find new rear tires for it I could run it around the neighborhood again. It was great fun as a kid."|
|"I was born 1960. I got my first plane in 1970. It was a PT-19. My brother and I flew that thing almost every day until the fuel ate through the plastic gas tank. I bought a steel tank at the local hobby shop, installed it and kept flying. We crashed it so many times but it seemed to last forever. I also had a dune buggy and a funny car all with .049 engines. When the plane was broken beyond repair I mounted the engine on a plastic number plate from a dirt bike started it and let it go. It was like a Shrike with no wheels..good times. I would like to find a PT-19 and show my two sons what its all about."|
- Fred Flores
|"Born in '63. My first plane was the Red Baron, but my favorite one was the Cox Sky Copter. I would fire that thing up and watch it go up till you could barely see it any more then run after it as it descended. I usually had to hike over a few hills to retrieve it, but what a blast. I wish they still made them so I could share with my kids."|
- Chuck Sanders
|"My story is similar to most here. Born in '61, My first Cox airplane was the P-51 training model; with the detachable wings, It survived many rough landings (never a forced landing thanks to the .049) and worse. Next came the Bushmaster, with the 3 different landing gear styles. I flew that the most, including on snow and even water when the 1976 floods came to Colorado. I also still have the Eliminator dragster which I ran multiple times after receiving it for Christmas one year. Great products - so simple to use."|
- Andy Engeman
|"I was born in 1955. My brother owned a Stuka with the Cox .049 in the Sixties. His friend owned a Grasshopper with the same engine. They turned together and that was very hot! One in the low level, the second in high level! You can guess how the story ends! The Stuka was a bit too heavy. It must run nearly 1 round before taking off and the bomb never reached the strike! The grasshopper was fantastic because it was very little and flew like a butterfly! I still own both of them, but they don't fly any more... What great memories and enjoyment I had with your engines during those years! Thanks a lot, Cox!"|
- Alain Lechevalier
|"I was born in 1947. My happiest childhood moments were because of Cox products. It saddens me that my grand-kids don't have the same offerings. How wonderful was the PT-19, Prop Rod, Little Stinker (Pitts), Flying Circus and my most favorite, the .15 powered Comanche. My birthday is the day after Christmas, so my parents would often give me a combo birthday/Christmas present. The Comanche was one of those. Made my living flying. Thank you for many happy times."|
- Paul Eckenroth
|"I was born in 1963. Got my first Cox airplane, the Red Baron, when I was about 8 or 9. Loved flying it. Wish I still had it. Then I bought the Cox Chopper three-wheeler. I have never seen one since then. Where do these things go? I remember it had a cable starter which would start to fray, poke my finger with the cable and then it would break. I would be so bummed out. It had such a little red handle so I drew a picture of a tee-handle style that I thought would work better and sent it to Cox Manufacturing. I thought it was a better design. They sent me back a package with some handles exactly how I described them. I never broke them again. They worked great. I was probably 10 at the time they sent a letter thanking me for my idea. Sure wish I had my old Cox toys today - lol."|
|"Born in 53. My dad belonged to a local flying club. He got me the Warhawk for my 9th birthday. U control, .049 with the spring loaded starter ( didn't use it much, just flipped the prop, got wacked a few times). He could really fly it. I got to where I could handle it fairly well. It was pretty fast. but I stacked it into a big cotton wood tree one day and broke the right wing. Tried to patch it with glue and tape but it never flew the same. Still had a lot of fun with it. Not sure what ever happened to it, wish I had it today!!!"|
- (no name provided)
|"I was born in 1959. The older kids in my neighborhood all had gas powered model airplanes, Cox was the best. A few years later I was finally old enough to safely operate one and I spent the whole spring and half the summer mowing lawns to buy a brand new P51 in 1970. Man was it cool and I was so proud of it. Bought a PT-19 Trainer, several Baby Bee 049's for balsa projects and even had an 020 powered Red Barron Pitts Special. Later joined the Navy as an aircraft mechanic and was so pleased to see most of my shipmates were also control line models fans. Sure wish Cox would bring them back."|
|"Temgo un (Cox) P40 War Hawk, fue mi primer avion de control de linea y aun lo conservo recuerdo el savor dulce del combustible el cual contenia nitrobenceno y la pila Everredy redonda garnde para iniciarlo. Quisiera conseguir los repuestos originales para su reconstruccion"|
- Gustavo Duque Pavajeau
(English translation: I still have a Cox P40 War Hawk. It was my first control line airplane. I even remember the sweet smell of the nitro fuel and the round EverReady 1.2v battery needed to start the engine. I want to find the original parts to rebuild the airplane.)
|"I was born in 1946. I bought little toy planes at the dime store. At that time they had rubber band models called AJ Hornets. I'm sure there's a few props still hanging in the trees of my old neighborhood. When I was eight my dad bought me a Cox TD-3 for Christmas. I finally flew it after a couple of tries and was hooked. After three more Cox models, including a Stuka, I went to balsa models and then into R/C. I recently found a Cox DR-7 someone had thrown away and am restoring it to hang in the rec room. Thanks Cox for getting me started in a life-long hobby."|
- John Henzler
|"Born in 1946, I flew U-Control later graduating into RC's. I liked the little .049 and .051 engines. I still have a Tee Dee .010, and a Tee Dee .051 engine. I used the Tee Dee .051 on my RC Gliders, and love them. Recently I been getting back into the sport of RC and was sad when I realized I can't rely on my .051 as I have no extra glow heads. I remember my first U-control airplane to this day, the P-40 Flying Tiger, I such a hard time learning on that one, it was touchy, but so neat to watch fly."|
- (no name provided)
|"I was born in 1958. The first plane I remember was chrome plated and had a long nose. After a little research I have deduced that it was a Wen Mac P-39. It never left the ground. I remember not having fuel for it so a friend suggested using gasoline, after all gas is gas. It melted. Next was a Cox P-26. I thought it looked cartunish and still do. Don't remember how it died. Then a sweet Corsair Thompson Trophy Winner was under the tree. Now we were talking. Spring time came and the Thompson bit the dust. I just could not seem to keep from nose diving into the ground right from launch. I had to fly from grass so ROG take off was impossible. Next I had a nice Marine Corsair. Failed a couple of flight attempts but no major damage and then it happened. As the plane left my buddies hand and started its inevitable nose over I held back the panic and lifted my arm just a bit, the Corsair raised its nose and leveled off and I was flying. What exhilaration I felt. After that it just came to me and it was clear sailing until I would do some thing stupid. From that time until probably the mid 70s I enjoyed many planes. The P-40 was a favorite, the Ryan 02 Grasshopper, the Cub Grasshopper, the Sopwith Camel. Any body else get planes with S&H green stamps? It was like a free plane. Wish I could go back, wait I can, we now have e-Bay. "|
- Mike Buchman
|"I was born in 1958 behind the Iron Curtain in Budapest, Hungary where and when toys and hobby items made in the US were not frequently, or rather, never seen. I had my first encounter with a Cox Stuka plane in 1974 when a highschool buddy got it from a relative living in Germany. I immediately fell in love with the Stuka but in particular with the Cox .049 engine. In 1975 I managed to get hold of a Super Sport Trainer from an acquaintance living in the USA and flew it for many hours. My obsession with the Cox engine was so deep that it finally detoured me from becoming a doctor to go towards engineering. I graduated as a M. Sc. mechanical engineer in 1982.|
I kept the fragments of the Super Sport trainer and a few quite good Cox .049's that I managed to collect in the 1970's. In 2010 I bumped into the Cox website of Bernie and Xena in Canada, and purchased truckloads of Cox engines and parts from them and from eBay. I built my first RC plane last year at my age of 52 for the amazingly and rare Tee Dee .050 RC engine (of which I have collected 3 brand new pieces on eBay). Today I fly it along with .049's in self-built planes and the smallest-ever RC the Page Boy (purchased from Select Hobbies), powered with a Tee Dee .010. Boy, my youth is back again and I do not want to have a better hobby than flying Cox engines in RC planes as long as I can build and fly, and see them. Nobody in the field, flying electrical birds will ever understand why I am in love the high-pitch noise of Cox engines with castor oil smeared over my hands and face, but who gives a damn when you fly COX engines??????????"
- András Balogh
|"I had the Cox Jeep for 3 years. It ran good and I loved playing with it. It was one sweet Jeep and if you made a new one, I wood buy it. Keep up the good work."|
- Ernest Forward
|"My dad got me started because I had seen other older kids that had sophisticated planes they had built themselves. It really got to me. The hobby shop man suggested a Jim Walker, Fire-baby to start with. They were easy to assemble and fly and replacement parts were cheap. Dad bought me a .049 Cox Thimbledrome engine. The year was 1963 and I was 9 years old. Over the years through grammar school, I built more planes and a simple teathered air buggy. There were other engines like OK and Wen Mac but the Cox seemed to work easiest and the prices were not too bad. By the way I think that the list price of that .049 Baby Bee was only around $6.00 which could be much lower at discount chain stores."|
- Ken deGruchy Jr
|"I was born in 1961 and had two planes, a flat balsa wing and a covered wing "bat" powered by a Baby Bee and Golden Bee respectively. I still have both engines although the planes are lost to ages. Great memories though."|
|"I was born in 1960. In the early- to -mid 1970s, I flew the Cox PT-19, the P-51 Mustang, the Stuka, and the Super Sport trainer. A friend of mine had a Cox helicopter. What great fun they all were! Today, I have a new PT-19, purchased four years ago and is still in the box. I may just hold on to it as it may become a collectible. I've since gone on to earn my private pilots license, and fly a full-scale Cessna Skyhawk."|
- George Kopcial
|"My last plane was a Cox Corsair in the mid 90's. Before that, it was a Testors P-40 Warhawk. They were flown until they couldn't be flown anymore. They were some of the best toys I ever had. I miss the good old days, and thanks for the memories Cox."|
- Duyane Turner
|"I was born in 1959 and I was 16 years old when I bought the PT-19 model in Mexico City. I flew it for many hours beside the two other models I bought, like the German Stuka Ju87d. I have it yet. They were sold in Mexico by Lodela Plastics. The models gave me many fun hours and now my son is fascinated with it, but our activities don't let us fly."|
- Miguel Angel Cruz Moreno
|"My interest in Cox model engines began when my son was young. I was a dedicated C/L pilot of .35-.40 powered aircraft. When he turned 10 years old we needed something smaller and simpler to operate. Enter my first Black Widow. Together we built a Goldberg Lil' Toot bipe and I taught him to fly. In time he went to college, graduated and married while I ventured into R/C. My initial fascination with Cox engines continued to flourish, however.|
As I aged and retired we moved into smaller accommodations where space was at a premium; deja vu Cox engines and smaller aircraft. Over the years I accumulated a myriad of Cox engines just because they interested me. As my interest became known I was given some by those who had left the hobby: several Golden Bees, Sure-starts, Black Widows and other 'reedies'. Currently my fascination has extend to the 'micro-Cox' engines: the PeeWee .020 and the TD .010 which I recently obtained brand-new from a vendor. In total I now have 19 functional Cox engines and a decent assembly of parts to support them.
|"I was born in 1962 and my brother (13-years older) had a green Stuka that I longed after from about age 3 on. Starting in about 1972, I purchased (with my grass cutting money) and flew numerous Cox planes (all control line back then), and built/flew my share of profile control line planes all equipped (of course) with screaming Cox .049s. I then got into RC with an Airtronics Q-Tee with a QRC .049 and a Cox/Sanwa 2 channel radio. I still fly RC, mainly EP RTF stuff at the moment because it's so convenient, but still love the sound and smell of a screaming nitro-burner!!!"|
- John Gronowski
|"I was born in 1957. In the early 60's I saw an ad for a Cox PT-19 Trainer in the back of a comic book. You had to sell flower and vegetable seeds door to door in order to get that airplane. I talked my Dad into letting me send away for that (rip off) chance to earn my own COX control line plane. After selling seeds all summer long I sent in the money order and 1 month later a big brown package arrived, The PT-19 was MINE! It had the third string with the pilot and parachute, It was Great. Started right up and after 2 laps I pulled the string and the pilot bailed out. I was so busy watching him I forgot about the plane, Nose dive into the dirt (Pilot Lived), After a new prop we flew that plane all summer. I've had several more planes since, but that One Was MINE!!I Earned IT!! Thanks for the memories."|
- Pete C
|"In 1984 I purchased a Cox Sky Rally Ultralight. I was a teenager then. I am in my 40s now and just purchased the Cox Extra 300. I also had a Cox hydro boat but can't remember the name of it. I love your products."|
|"I got the "Thompson Trophy 74" Corsair for Christmas 1969, at age 7. Couldn't fly it because there was too much snow, so dad and I started it in the basement. It stunk up the whole house, but what a great smell! Several months later he took me to the Union St. church parking lot to fly it. Not even one lap and it was destroyed beyond repair. So was the Acro Cub which came next. But the Super Sport Trainer finally got me flying. I went on to build many control line airplanes and rockets with my friends. I learned to fly RC planes with a Cox Sportavia a friend had in the early 1980's. My son's first CL airplane was also a gift from my dad, the yellow Cox Piper Cub. I can't beat him at Call Of Duty, but I can still fly better than him! I can't help but think that good hobbies and great parents set the stage for an enjoyable career in engineering and a lifetime of fun. After my dad passed away in 2008 I decided to buy another Thompson Corsair on eBay, and get it flying in memory of him. All the memories of 1969 flooded back as soon as I saw the box. It even had an advertisement for a Shrike (of which I had one) on it. After replacing the reed valve and an elevator hinge, it was ready for action. Vindication at last, after 40 years! No crash this time. I still get it out and fly it every so often, along with fuel and electric RC planes and rockets. Nothing quite like the smell of nitro/castor oil or black powder rocket engines. So thanks Cox, for all the fun."|
|"A lot of us 1955's on this blog. All I wanted for Christmas in 1964 was a PT19 trainer with an .049 nitro engine. I got it too! We went to the schoolyard 3 houses away, I flew 3/4 of a circle, did a wingover, and dad was off to the hobby store for a new horizontal stab for the empennage on Monday. Didn't matter, we go it fixed by Wednesday, and despite a handful of mishaps in early spring, I went the whole summer the king of the neighborhood. There was something about the whine of a nitro motor that brought all of us out to see who was flying what. We weren't as litigious a society back then, and you could fly on the school asphalt without a care in the world. If someone got in the way, their folks would more than likely ask 'Why are you so stupid??' Now they look for a $1million. Today, when I go to the field, the smell of someone flying (including me) nitro recalls my childhood. The gassers just remind me I have yard work to do."|
- Paul Weissbrod
|"I was born in 1958. By the time I reached 10 years old, I had a Cox Chopper Motorcycle/trike. After much begging and rationalization for why this was such a necessary purchase, I was allowed to buy it from a neighbor using paper-route money. (I had wanted the "Shrike, but even so)... Great fun to say the least!"|
- R. Donez
|"I was born in 1957. My brother and I loved flying all of the Cox planes... My first plane was the Army Grasshopper reconnaissance plane that was green in color. After that we had nearly every Cox airplane made and we bought tether cars too. The Corvette, Ford GT and Chaparral were our favorites."|
- Rudy Blaschke
|"I was born in Summer 1967 and got my first Cox control line plane when I was 7 years old. I have loved model planes since that time. Still to this day remember unwrapping that box at Christmas. I was on top of the world! I have a lot of fond memories that center around model planes, cars, boats and rockets. Thank you guys for making all of them."|
- Wes Casto
|"Back in 1988 I got my first RC plane. It was a Cox EZ-Bee. I had fun with it. It was the best RC plane I've ever had."|
- kristopher zimmerman
|"I was born in 1954. We lived just a couple of miles from Disneyland so I was lucky enough to visit the Magic Kingdom often. My favorite spot in the entire park was Cox Field in Tomorrowland. Watching the experts fly control line planes made it look so simple to do. It was my 10th birthday when I received my first Cox plane, a P-19 trainer. I remember being so confidant that I would have a natural talent for flying a CL plane because of all the hours I spent watching the experts at Disneyland. Needless to say it was a very humbling experience returning home with the scratched and broken remnants of what just a few hours previously was the best birthday present ever. That was the extent of CL flying for me and future visits to the Magic Kingdom never included Cox Field. Failure leaves a very bitter taste at 10 years of age. Then I discovered Girls, Rock and Roll and, well, you know the rest . . . "|
|"I was born in 1963 and had my first Cox Control Line plane was I was 5. From there I was able to get almost every .049 powered model car, buggy and plane. I really miss the sound of that .049 screaming and the smell of the Cox fuel burning!!! They were good days back then and lots of fun!!!"|
- Scott Randle
|"My Dad was an avid CL flyer and when he started taking my brothers and me out to the local flying field. He started us out on Cox CL planes. I remember all of them that Dad purchased for us, the A6m5 Zero, P-40, P-39, Corsair, PT-19, Chipmunk and Lil' Red Baron. But the ones I remember most were the large scale Cox Spitfire, Stuka and P-63 King Cobra he bought for me on my birthdays. I never flew them because I was so afraid to crash them because they were so detailed. I had them up until a few years ago, but unfortunately a house fire claimed them. Although all of my Cox CL's airplanes are gone now the memories of that time flying with my Dad and my brothers will always be with me."|
- Robert Salopek
|"I started flying control line back in the 70's. My first control line plane was a Cox P-40 Warhawk and it was a lot of fun till I got dizzy and crashed it. :( Since then I have had just about everything that Cox ever made including the old Funny Cars and the Shrike. I can remember going to Toy's R Us to get a new bubble-packed Cox "Wings" series airplane for $9.99 every week after I got my $10.00 allowance! Those were great times! In fact, I recently restored a Shrike and a Fokker Tri-Plane and I have a new in box 50th Anniversary Pitt's. I'd really like to see Cox bring those old classics back. Cox, if your reading these comment, please bring back the products that made you guys famous! I know there would be a great demand for those old great gas powered classic's such as the Funny Car, the dog fighters, (Tri-Plane, the Sopwith etc..)"|
|"I had many Cox .049 engines as a kid. I put them on Sterling profile planes and had a blast. I also had a drag racer called the "Eliminator". The thing was so fast people could not believe it was that small of an engine. These are some of my best childhood memories. I now hope I can share these things with my son."|
- Nick Hampton
|"My friends and I had a lot of fun with Cox 049s on Ranger 30s when we were kids in the 60s. We would run them for hours, crash the airplanes numerous times, tape and glue the planes and back to flying. Can't remember a crash that disabled the motors (durable little guys). In the 90s I got my son interested in control line flying and the fun resumed (he still has his Cosmic Wind). Lots of good memories. Thanks."|
- Ian Pratt
|"I caught my first sight of a Cox control line model flying in a local park in Queens NY. A couple of kids were flying in an open area. They crashed numerous times but kept restarting and trying again. I can still recall this image 40 years later! I wanted one real bad and a few years later bought the Cox green P51 at the local Five and Dime. I was 12. My life long addiction to the model airplane hobby had started. Thank you Cox for keeping a kid off the mean streets."|
- George T.
|"I'm a retired Airline captain, but my first set of wings I earned were from Cox. I still have them proudly displayed along side my Air Force and airline wings. Great engines and models."|
- Peter D.
|"In 1976 my parents wanted to reward me because I won a scholarship for Anatolia College [high school in Greece]. So, they asked me to choose a gift! I had little time in aero-modeling by then but that didn't fool me to make the right choice! I choose Cox Fokker Dr-7 control line plane which I flew every evening all that year after school with my friends! The next year I got a Cox Super Sport control line plane. Since then I have in my collection almost every Cox engine and almost half of the planes, cars and boats that Cox ever produced! I am 45 now. Cox products and my family made my life happy and thrilling. I think will never stop flying Cox planes!"|
- Sotiris Reizis
|"Years ago I had a control line Cox airplane. I used to get so dizzy, but it was still fun. About 10 years ago I got the P-40 and a Corsair but did not have much luck with them. Now I have your Sky Ranger and its great. Keep up the good work."|
- Ron Koch
|"In 1978 my brother came home from the marine corps. He had a Cox Focke-Wulf Fw-190 control line and I wanted to fly it. He had modified it a ton and didn't want his 12 year old brother to kill it. He bought me a Cox P-40 with a 049 Black Widow engine. Now my garage is full of RC planes and helicopters. I'd love to have that P-40 back. Thanks Cox and thanks to my bro who is gone now for my start in a hobby that has brought me joy for 45 years."|
- Matthew Jones
|"I got my first one back in the late 60's a Big, black JU87d Stuka from my uncle. I was just too young for it. But in the early 70's I had many others after that, Fokker d7, Cosmic Wind, p51, F-14/f15 and relied on Cox power when building my own. Lots of Baby bees and Black Widows. Lots of them flown just after school, bringing the "fleet" (15 planes, some Cox, some home-built, all Cox powered) out with my Dad on a weekend he had free, sweet aroma of spent nitro and a fresh cut grass, good friends, good times... take me back there, Pleeeeze."|
- Charlie H.
|"My father had been a modeler as a youth, but WWII and the Koren War got in the way, and his modeling was put on the back burner for a while. Fortunately for me Dad wanted to get me into modeling also. So, in 1965 after being gone for a several months at Command and General Staff School he [Dad] returned and gave me a Cox PT-19 that he had purchased for me while away. We spent many hours flying that plane (and replaced a few rubber bands along the way). But, that little plane was the start of a life-long hobby/sport for me and a continuation of one for my father. For me, control line eventually progressed into radio control and that evolved into a 29 year career in model aviation. Thank you Cox for some great memories and that start of a wonderful career!"|
- Steve Kaluf
|"First airplane was a cox control line around 1955-56. It had a red and white checkerboard pattern on the wings and an .049. It started a lifelong addiction, as I have flown control line, and radio control for 55 years. Currently flying electric motor R/C. Thank you Cox for starting me on a lifetime of fun."|
- Bill Saylor
|"My parents bought me a control line Corsair in 1971. This was truly the start of my interest in mechanical things. I loved(and still do) the smell of nitro fuel burning. I've just gotten back into the rc hobby now that my kids have grown up,and was pleasantly surprised to see that Cox has been resurrected. This brings back some great memories of the enjoyment my Dad and I had with this little plane. Thanks, Cox!"|
- Bryan Browning
|"I was born in 1955 and sometime during the 60's my dad bought me a British Spitfire with the Cox .049 engine. It was the type with the strings attached to the airplane. I can still remember the smell of the model airplane fuel and attaching the glowplug to the battery to start it. It was a great time to be a kid in America!"|
- Rick Hope