Model war aircraft take to the skies

Published 3:21 pm Monday, September 18, 2017

By JOYANNA LOVE/ Senior Staff Writer

Model airplane enthusiasts are putting on a show of flying historic aircraft replicas and the public is invited.

The Central Alabama Central Sport Flyers in Clanton are hosting the annual Giant Scale Warbird Fly-in on Sept. 22 to 23  a from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Club Treasurer Charles Cobern said the event will feature pilots of model airplanes from the local club and other Alabama clubs.

“We enjoy putting it on, seeing different airplanes and meeting different people,” Cobern said.

He said replicas of a B-25 Mitchell Bomber and P-51 Mustang have been featured in the past.

The model airplanes are powered by electric or gas motors and are remote controlled. Each is a replica of a real war plane.

The club requires planes to have a 60- to 80- inch wingspan in order to participant. Cost is $20 per pilot. Registration can be completed at the event. Funds go toward the club’s field and clubhouse

The event is free to spectators. Cobern said there are bleachers for people to sit and watch, and the concession stand will be open.

Cobern said some planes were bought as kits, while others were purchased pre-built. There are 15 to 20 planes featured each year.

Cobern said the event has been held for about 20 years.

The event will be held at 3704 County Road 47 in Clanton.