Two Generations of Flying High
Denverite Elmer Dewitt Haynes Jr. found a way to create success in the world of aviation, aircraft models and the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) – despite being raised in an age of intense racism and segregation.
Haynes has left his mark intheAMA, and has managed to create a legacy through his son Douglas, who has also succeeded in the world of aviation.
Haynes interest in aviation and the AMA developed while in junior high school. He was asked by one of his teachers if he wanted to participate in a current project the U.S. military was offering for schools to participate in.
“In 1939 or 1940,” Haynes says, “I was in junior high school when the war broke out, and the word went out that they wanted to have some sort of way to have mass amounts of model airplanes representing some oftheaircrafts that were being used by the enemy.”
Haynes explains that in order to get a vast number of models made, the U.S. military contacted schools to see if students taking woodworking class would be willing to make the various airplanes.
“They set the specifications out,” Haynes says. “And my teacher interpreted them, and then passed out the projects to various students in the class.”
A benefit to participating in the project was a membership into the Academy of Model Aeronautics, according to Haynes. Through the project Haynes became involved with model airplanes and the AMA. He was excluded initially from the project because the AMA requested a roster, and his ethnicity at the time was a roadblock. However, Haynes was allowed to participate by assisting one of his classmates as he made his model aircraft. Haynes learned everything he needed by watching.
From there, the majority of Haynes early life was dedicated to his interest in model airplanes, the AMA, and his desire to understand and perfect his craft. Throughout his junior high school and high school years, Haynes relentlessly increased his knowledge of aviation and model aircrafts with the help of many friends.
He competed in many competitions and developed a name for himself within theAMA, while managing to keep his ethnicity hidden from those with influence in the organization. A big moment in his life was a competition he had competed in while he was in the Boys Scouts.
“At that point,” Haynes says, “The Boys Scouts had a community event in downtown Denver at the auditorium called The Boys Scouts Circus. So, with the airplane I was building, I was trying to make the team with my scoutmaster. We were standing in the auditorium with my rubber-powered aircraft and I wound it up. Then my Scout Master says, ‘Give it a fly.’”
Haynes says the aircraft flew into the audience and kept going, and going clear to the back of the auditorium and up into the balcony.
“I was one tickled individual because it flewfartherthen everybody else’s,” Haynes says.
Haynes didn’t win the competition, but he gained a lot of confidence. It was his first success in a major AMA competition, giving him hope for the future. Haynes wanted to prove that he was capable of doing anything he focused on.
Haynes’ fascination with model airplanes continued throughout high school and into the Navy, which he joined in 1946 after graduation. During his Navy tenure, Haynes became a contest director in the AMA, and began taking model airplanes seriously and making a name for himself.
Between 1951 and 1952 Haynes’ name became more recognized, and after his picture was released – trouble soon followed. He eventually had to form his own club and sanction it himself, because the AMA would not support his pursuits. He was able to do this because he was a contest director. This obstacle didn’t keep Haynes down. He hosted his own competitions and competed in many of them until father time slowed him down with a few surgeries.
Haynes experience dealing with model airplanes, the AMA and aviation has not gone to waste. He passed all of his knowledge to his children. His two sons become members of the AMA and one son, Dr. Douglas Haynes, has turned this family tradition into a career.
Douglas’ success in aviation is attributed to his father’s passion for airplane models. At 5-years-old, Douglas devoted his life to getting his own airline started after being forced to learn aviation at a young age.
“I would not be in aviation or even know about it if it wasn’t for my dad,” Douglas explains. “When I was born, all of my brothers ahead of me were doing their aviation thing. I learned from them at the age of one or two. If it wasn’t for him, I don’t think I’d be out here flying in space like I am.”
Dr. Douglas Haynes impressive list of achievements include: graduating from East High School in 1975 and attending Spartan College of Aeronautics where he became a pilot and a mechanic. From Spartan, Douglas attended Metropolitan State University of Denver in 1986 where he studied Aerospace Management. Douglas has three doctorates in Aeronautical Engineering, Business Management and Education. In 1995, Douglas received his first airline certification as DEHAS Inc. He also developed 3rd Wave Airlines; a new generation of fuel used to power airplanes, and has written six books on the topic. Douglas certified his second airline in 2004, which was expanded into a space line in 2009 with Front Range Airport. In 2015 he changed the name to Blue Ridge Star Line.
To Infinity and Beyond
Douglas’ current project is a space shuttle or a flying saucer. “The features of the spaceship are pretty neat,” he says. “We need to have gravity to go to space. My ship does that. It has anti-gravity with electrical power, so that you can get around what’s called the ‘Rocky Equation.’ It uses electrical power to go the speed of light. You don’t have to carry all of that fuel and at the same time it becomes more efficient. Then it rotates. It creates enough centripetal force to produce gravity and become a 3rd wave airline. Those are the big advantages of a flying saucer versus a regular rocket.”
Douglas says he uses Star Trek technology configuration.
“When you look at my ship,” he says (www.blueridgeairlines.com, www.bluenebula.com and YouTube Channel dehas77), “you’ll see it looks like the Star Trek configuration.”
The knowledge passed down from Haynes Jr. to his son Douglas has really helped him get his airline on track and begin his space line.