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August 19, 2013

Radio controlled airplanes fill sky over Millersburg

MILLERSBURG — Just east of downtown Millersburg, warplanes filled the sky, turning, looping and with their engines blaring and mock gun noises filling the air.

This was no war game, but instead the Millersburg Radio Controlled Modelers annual fun fly-in event.

The club, which has around 40 members, hosts an annual fly-in at the field they rent at 66655 C.R. 43, Millersburg, according to member Art Eby, Goshen. He said organizers try to plan the event for the same day as Farmers Day in Millersburg.

According to Eby, RC clubs from South Bend, Bremen and Nappanee, among others, come to their fun fly, which is a fundraiser for the club.

On the neatly mowed three-acre field, pilots take off and land their electronic and gas-powered planes.

“We think that we have one of the nicest fields around,” Eby said.

“Ninety percent of the fun of all this is the camaraderie, the friendships that we have,” he said.

Eby said the club had a helicopter from the Goshen Air Center fly over and drop candy onto the field so that the children could run out and collect it.

They also had a combat show, where RC planes designed to absorb blows are pitted against one another in aerial combat. They also had warbird planes fly and do a demonstration.

According to Eby, about 50 pilots with about 100 airplanes took part in the day.

To view a video of this event go to: http://youtu.be/YnrWwld4Egk

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