At the end of WWII as hostilities were winding down in Europe, the Air
Technical Service Command initiated “Project Lusty” charged with the task of
collecting advanced German technology.
On 27 April 1945 an outfit known as Watson's Whizzers
came into being. Col. Harold E. Watson was tasked with acquiring German
aerospace technology as the Allies took over German occupied areas. Watson
and his outfit the 54th Air disarmament Squadron were to scour the formerly
German held territory with a hit list of aircraft to appropriate. At the top
of the list was the Me 262 and several of the other German jets. Hence the
term Watson's Whizzers, the jet engine having a
very different sound from the typically deployed Allied aircraft. Often if
the aircraft were in good condition they were flown back to England and later
placed on board an aircraft carrier for the U.S..
For more Whizzer history try here: STORMBIRDS
Our group has adopted the name and spirit of Watson's Whizzers
54th ADW because of the varied interests in military subjects of
the RC modelers who started the group.
The main purpose of the group is to promote the building and flying of
military aircraft of all categories from any historical era of military
aviation. We all share a common
interest in the preservation of military history though scale modeling,
researching and learning, and exchanging information and ideas.
We are an informal group with no dues or requirement to
belong to any other organization or club: All you need is an interest in the
subject. Our activities vary from time
to time including group outings to flying events around the Midwest,
occasional group “missions” to go flying locally, and meetings during the
building months to promote fellowship and the sharing of modeling and
This site will contain the latest information on
activities of the group and links to other events and valuable information.
Latest Information and Activities
2009/2010 Military R/C Scale Meetings
The 54th ADW is hosting a series of meetings on
military R/C scale modeling over the 2009/2010 winter building season. These meetings will cover a broad range of
topics but the primary focus will be scale military R/C aircraft. The meeting
agenda is very informal with discussion of projects, plans, scale
documentation, building and finishing techniques, detailing, history and
flying. We encourage attendees to bring along current projects, plans, latest
gadget, books, or any other RC modeling related item of interest.
These meetings will be held at the Verona
from 7 - 9 PM in Study Room 3.
Dates for 2009/2010
November 23rd (Monday)
December 30th (Wednesday)
January 27th (Wednesday)
February 24th (Wednesday)
March 24th (Wednesday)
April 28th (Wednesday)