National Association of Rocketry Milestones

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National Association of Rocketry (NAR) Milestones


Source: Rocket Collectors Journal Volume 1 number 4 1995

  • October 8, 1957 – The Model Missile Association incorporated under the laws of the state of Colorado.
  • January 3rd, 1958 – The first meeting of the Model Missile Association took place in the Hammond Organ Studio on Colorado Boulevard, Denver, Colorado.  One hundred fifty (150) people attended and one hundred (100) signed as Charter Members.
  • February 1, 1958 – The first issue of THE MODEL ROCKETEER was published.
  • July 1958 – Demonstrations and discussions were held with the Academy of Model Aeronautics at Glenview Naval Air Station, Illinois regarding possible AMA model rocket competition events.
  • August 12th, 1958 – William S. Roe gets Colorado Springs, Colorado to adopt the nation’s first permissive model rocket law.
  • September 6th, 1958 – The second official NAR model rocket range opened in Memorial Park, Colorado Springs with local USAF recognition.
  • September 18th, 1958 – The Mile-High section, Denver, Colorado was granted the first section charter.
  • October 25th, 1958 – Name of organization officially changed to National Association of Rocketry.
  • April 12-18, 1959 – National Association of Rocketry was represented at the First World Congress of Flight, Las Vegas, Nevada.  Demonstrations were flown and initial contact with National Aeronautics Association took place.
  • May 16th, 1959 – The world’s first model rocket competition was sanctioned by NAR at Green Mountain Proving Ground, Denver, Colorado.
  • July 16 – 19, 1959 –NARAM-1, Hogback Rocket Range, Denver, Colorado.  G. H. Stine, Contest Director.  Norman Mains, Jr. is first national champion.
  • July 1st, 1960 – NAR Headquarters moves to 11 West 42nd Street, New York, New York.
  • July, 1960 – The NAR teams demonstrate at the Boy Scout Jamboree, Colorado Springs, Colorado.
  • August 18-21, 1960 – NARAM -2, Peak City Rocket Range, Colorado Springs, Colorado.  W. S. Roe, Contest Director.
  • April 3rd, 1961 – The NAR becomes an affiliate of National Aeronautics Association
  • July 3rd, 1961 – United States Airforce endorses model rocketry and names NAR as USAF official organization for the hobby.
  • July 16th, 1961 – The first USAF model rocketry competition, Langley Air Force Base, Virginia.
  • August 17-21, 1961 – NARAM 3, Hogback Rocket Range, Denver, Colorado. J. D. Hitch, Contest Director.
  • August 23-26, 1962 – NARAM 4, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado. Vernon Van Vonderen, Contest Director.
  • November 24th, 1962 – Federation Aeronautique Internationale officially recognizes model rocketry as an international aeromodelling sport.
  • March 14th, 1963 – Federal Aviation Agency exempts model rocketry from its control.
  • May 1st, 1963 – National Association of Rocketry headquarters moves to Stamford Museum and Nature Center, Stamford, Connecticut.
  • June 30th, 1963 – The state of Connecticut adopts first permissive state model rocketry law.
  • August 8th, 1963 – The Internal Revenue Service recognizes NAR as a non-profit educational and charitable organization.
  • August 22-25, 1963 – NARAM-5, Hanscom Field, Bedford, Massachusetts. M. P. Wilder, Contest Director.
  • August 18-22, 1964 – NARAM-6, NASA Wallops Station, Virginia.  W. B.  Rich, Contest Director.
  • September 1st, 1964 – The NAR headquarters moves to 1025 Connecticut Avenue, N. W. Washington, DC with James F. Kukowski as Executive Director.
  • November 21, 1964 – Federation Aeronautique Internationale adopts provisional model rocket sporting code based on NAR rules.
  • January 1, 1965 – NAR members get liability insurance as part of their membership.
  • August 18-21, 1965 –NARAM-7, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. Howard Galloway, Contest Director.
  • March 11-13, 1966 – The first NAR Mid-Winter convention was held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
  • May 28-29, 1966 – The first International Model Rocket Competition was held in Dubnica nad Vahem, Czechoslovakia. The NAR team fielded.
  • August 16-19, 1966 – NARAM-8, Clinton County Air Force Base, Wilmington, Ohio.  G. H. Stine pro-tem Contest Director due to overseas assignment of Captain William B. Barnitz.
  • November 4th, 1966 – Federation Aeronautique Internationale adopts official model rocket sporting code.
  • January 1, 1967 – THE MODEL ROCKETEER incorporated into American Modeler (American Aircraft Modeler)magazine which is monthly to all NAR members.
  • May 17, 1967 – National Fire Protection Association adopts tentative Uniform Code for model rocketry in Boston Massachusetts.
  • August 10, 1967 – American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics endorses model rocketry.
  • August 15-18, 1967 – NARAM-9, Mankato State College, Mankato, Minnesota.  Dr. Ellsworth B. Beetch, Contest Director.


                Information compiled from NAR archives and the files of G. H. Stine


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