The Spillway Radio Control Club was founded in 1975, when President Barry Bleakley led eleven other devoted aircraft modeling members of the Tri-Parish Radio Control Club in Laplace to the Spillway. Before the move to the Spillway, the Tri-Parish members were using a cattle range as its field.
The Spillway Club initially was on the western end of the Spillway for approximately six years, and when asked by the Corp of Engineers, they moved to its current location, on the eastern side of the Spillway.
Mr. Bleakley began his modeling career in 1965, and was known as an expert builder of model planes and a very competent flier, even winning a local competition. He was a detailed, meticulous, humble man who was passionate about his hobby, agreeing to be President of the Spillway Club five times during his flying years.
All members of the Spillway Radio Control Club, past and present, owe Mr. Bleakley a hearty “thank you” for the vision to move the club to the Spillway, and laying the framework for the successful club it is today.