About Us

Hobby Hangar History

In 1987, when Kwang had outgrown the back of his parent’s Hallmark Gift Store, he opened the first Hobby Hangar location in Sunset Business Park in Herndon, VA. As the shop’s popularity grew so did the need for larger retail space in so in 1989 Hobby Hangar moved to a larger store.

By 1991, the RC electric-car scene had exploded and Kwang saw a need for a place for people to race their cars. Hobby Hangar moved once again, and this time to Brookfield Corporate Drive in Chantilly, where they opened an indoor carpeted race track.

In 1995, Hobby Hangar moved to its current location in Sullyfield Circle. The new location provided 3,000 square feet, which has since doubled to 6,000.

With 2017, Hobby Hangar is proud to celebrate its 30th anniversary servicing Northern Virginia hobby enthusiasts. They are extremely excited about the technological advances in electric flight for airplanes, jets, helicopters and multi-rotor (Drones), making the activities accessible to more people.

Our Experts


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Owner: Kwang first became interested in hobbies at the age of 13, starting with free-flight and control line models. By the age of 15 Kwang graduated to R/C Airplanes and began working a paper route to fund his growing love-affair. He continued to follow his passion through to 1984 when he started selling custom built R/C airplanes from the back of his parent’s Hallmark Gift Store.Throughout the years his love affair with the hobby market has grown and today Kwang can be found flying an R/C planes, helicopter or car in front of the shop. Through his many years of experience Kwang has become a resident expert in all hobbies ranging from cars, airplanes, helicopters and jets.
bob_4 General Managers:  Dave,  Colin, and Kris
rc_dave Cars:  Dave at the young age of 10 was a avid follower of RC Car Action Magazine. And one Christmas he finally convinced his parents to get him a Traxxas Nitro car. To this day, Dave is extremely active in the local race scene and in February 2007 Dave attended Motor-rama in Pennsylvania. Be sure to see Dave with your R/C car related questions.
rc_dave Cars:  Colin
rc_electric Electrics:  Tyler as Hobby hangar’s resident electric expert, Tyler has over 25 years experience in radio controlled hobbies. With Tyler’s encyclopedic knowledge of all things electric, he is the go to person for electric motors, batteries, chargers, etc.
rc2 Airplanes: Kris with over 20 years experience flying R/C airplanes, Kris is also Team Flex, and Team MKS, and Team Code Red Show Team.

Kris is extremely active in the local flying scene. Be sure to come and seek out his help and advise.

rc3 Helicopters:  Kris
hero-home Multi-Rotor:  Kris
Nelly-small_fixed Mascot:  Nelly is the youngest of the Hobby Hangar crew. She will happily greet you with a lick and tail wag. Nelly is eager to help retrieve any fallen RC car wheel, and will happily tidy up food spills. As a mini-poodle, Nelly is polite and sociable.