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SCALE MODELERS & AVIATION HISTORY

Scale modelers are among the most enthusiastic and meticulous students of aviation history -- commonly studying aircraft histories thoroughly to produce precision, small replicas of the most spectacular aircraft of all time. Some learn the histories of specific aircraft they are modeling -- not merely a particular make and model, but the details of an individual aircraft -- learning everything possible about the airplane, from its serial and registration numbers, to its place of manufcture, to the names of its crew, and the aircraft's service history (the places that it was based, operations in which it was used, events involving the aircraft, and what ultimately became of it).

Scale modelers, in pursuit of their fascinations, are major consumers of aviation history literature and media. and common visitors at aviation museums. Many are aviation industry workers, with some among the executive and command ranks of major aviation enterprises.

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NEWS ITEM:

Electric Model Planes Flock to
Central Plains E-Fly Spectacular

WICHITA AREA
(Hartman Arena, Park City, just north of Wichita, on I-135)
Nov. 11-13, 2011:

Imagine an indoor airshow, with a hundred tiny airplanes. The 4th Annual Central Plains E-Fly Spectacular, (Fri./Sat.8am-10pm and Sun.morning, Nov. 11-13, 2011) gathers over 100 model-airplane enthusiasts from throughout the state, region, and country, to show off their electric-powered miniature flying machines -- model airplanes, helicopters and other contraptions -- and compete with one another in the air.

The arena's big annual regional indoor-flying event gets a bit wild, with pylon races, aerial combat, night-flying and freestyle air shows. More than 100 model-aircraft aviators are expected to show -- each with their own unique radio-controlled or other flying plane, helicopter or what-not. Other R/C craft -- model cars, trucks and such -- will compete as well.

Electric-powered model aircraft have "taken off" in recent years with the development of more efficient, powerful small rechargeable batteries -- some of which are beginging to power real full-size aircraft. But it remains a challenge to make a fully-functioning tiny aircraft perform well on batteries alone. The E-Fly event brings out the most talented developers and performers in this cutting-edge flight technology.

Among the many hobbyists who enjoy electric aircraft are aviation engineers and technicians -- who hone their cutting-edge professional talents (and enjoy their lighter side) by experimenting with these compact electric aircraft.  With many enthusiasts throughout the area, Wichita is becoming one of the most 'happening' places for electric flying models in the nation.

Nationally sanctioned by the Academy of Model Aeronautics, the Wichita-area event is one of the United States' most spectacular regular events for electric model aircraft.  In addition to indoor flying action at the arena, a real helicopter -- outdoors -- will be selling rides for just $35.

General admission is $6, and $2 for children 10 and under. Event Phone: 316-304-6130 for sponsor Clearview Field;  for Hartman Arena Phone: (316) 744-8880.

For more information:

SPONSOR:
Clearview Field Model Aircraft Airport,

KAKE-TV News, Ch.10, Wichita:
Radio-Controlled Plane Enthusiasts Descend On Hartman Arena

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- primary forum thread
  OR
- secondary forum thread


Last revised/updated Nov.11, 2011

FOR MORE INFORMATION, contact the:
Kansas Aviation Centennial Committee
Richard Harris, Chariman,
(316) 371-9079
office@ks100aviation.org

 


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