Back around 1985 a handful of guys would fly their models in a dirt-patch within the town limits of Dewey Arizona — about 20 miles southeast of our current Chino Valley field. Other times they used flying sites in Phoenix, Prescott, Paulden, etc.. Well, after some chatting with a local land owner in Dewey, they managed a handshake deal for the use of some of his private property for a field. It wasn’t a very big area, but at least they had a reliable place to play sky-warrior from time-to-time. Unfortunately, the property became useful to the owner and the sky-warriors were once again without a field. So, it was back to hauling butts, planes, and equipment to other locations around the state.
Luckily, one of the members worked out another arrangement with so-and-so in Prescott Valley. This was also a fairly small dirt-patch, but it served as another home base for the band of sky-warriors, for a time. Yep, you guessed it, that flying site was also short lived and the gang were field-homeless once again.
Finally, the town of Chino Valley came to the rescue and the gang – now officially called the Chino Valley Model Aviators, Inc. – appeared to have a flying field that might last for a period of time… actually, this first Chino Valley field was not very far from where our present field is located.
Sure enough, we lost that field as well. But, Chino Valley’s mayor and city council promised a very nice replacement field so the club could remain in the area. Well, let me tell you, the town of Chino Valley certainly lived up to their promises, and then some.