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All about us and our club


 


We would like to welcome you to our site. We are at the field every weekend, weather permitting. We are glad to see not only experienced fliers, but also folks that would like to learn the hobby. Come by and see us. For any questions, please feel free to click on the Contact Us link.

The Okefenokee RC Club (ORC) is a group located in Waycross/Ware County Georgia that is devoted to the flying and building of Radio Controlled airplanes.

Since the club’s beginning in the late 70s, ORC has been a constant means for all age groups to learn this wonderful hobby. The founding members which consisted of Jerry Lee, Freeland Bolden, Tim Tison, Keith Douglas and possibly a few others, began with u/control planes. They later progressed to some of the earlier RC airplanes.

The first place that the club flew at was at the Ware County airport and the old Ware County High School near Kettle Creek. Another earlier member, Larry Johnson, got the club permission to fly in the industrial park. The club flew at this field for around 20 years until Scott Housing built a plant there around 2003. At this time, the club moved over to the field that we fly in today. When we first moved to the new field, it was nothing but a mud hole that required a lot of work to develop the landing strip.

The club is always open to visitors and others who are interested in the hobby. Please feel free to contact any member with questions and/or comments concerning the history of our club.


 


A little history

We peacefully co-exist with the other members of the swamp!

The city of Waycross lays claim to the famous Okefenokee Swamp. Okefenokee means "trembling Earth" in Indian. The swamp is 700 square miles of floating islands, swampy water, vine-covered cypress and black gum trees. It is infested with a large quantity of cottonmouths, water moccasins, pond squaggan birds, and flowers. The swamp is primarily ruled by an amphibious giant carnivore.

The Okefenokee Swamp is a shallow, 438,000 acre (1,770 km²), peat-filled wetland straddling the Georgia–Florida border in the United States. A majority of the swamp is in Georgia and protected by the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge and the Okefenokee Wilderness. The Okefenokee Swamp is considered to be one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Georgia. The Okefenokee is the largest peat-based "blackwater" swamp in North America, and one of the largest in the world.

Actually, the name comes from Hitchiti, an extinct Indian language related to the Mikasuki language spoken by the Miccosukee tribe and many of the Seminoles. The Hitichi original is okifanô:ki, meaning "bubbling water", or alternatively "trembling earth", a reference to its spongy bogs. Earlier, during the Spanish period, it was known as Lake Oconi, a reference to the Oconi, a Timucua tribe of the area.

The swamp was formed over the past 6,500 years by the accumulation of peat in a shallow basin on the edge of an ancient Atlantic coastal terrace, the geological relic of a Pleistocene estuary. The swamp is bordered by Trail Ridge, a strip of elevated land believed to have formed as coastal dunes or an offshore barrier island. The St. Marys River and the Suwanee River both originate in the swamp. The Suwanee River originates as stream channels in the heart of Okefenokee Swamp and drains at least 90% of the swamp's watershed southwest towards the Gulf of Mexico. The St. Marys River, which drains only 5–10% of the swamp's southeastern corner, flows south along the western side of Trail Ridge, through the ridge at St. Marys River Shoals, and north again along the eastern side of Trail Ridge before turning east to the Atlantic. Longtime residents of the Okefenokee Swamp, referred to as "Swampers", were of overwhelmingly English ancestry. Due to relative isolation, the inhabitants of the Okefenokee used Elizabethan phrases and syntax preserved since the early colonial period when such speech was common in England, well into the twentieth century. The Suwanee Canal was dug across the swamp in the late nineteenth century in a failed attempt to drain the Okefenokee. After the company's bankruptcy, most of the swamp was purchased by the Hebard family of Philadelphia, who conducted extensive cypress logging operations from 1909 to 1927. Several other logging companies ran railroad lines into the swamp until 1942; some remnants remain visible crossing swamp waterways. On the west side of the swamp, at Billy's Island, logging equipment and other artifacts remain of a 1920s logging town of 600 residents. Most of the Okefenokee Swamp is included in the 403,000 acre (1630 km²) Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge.


 




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