A fly-in for remote controlled model airplane enthusiasts is expected to raise money for wounded soldiers facing the change of returning to normal lives.
The Ogeechee Aeromasters, a division of the American Modeler’s Association, will host the National Model Aviation Day Air Show to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, said Blois Prosser, president of the Ogeechee Aeromasters.
The event is Saturday, Aug. 15, at the Prosser Remote Control Field on Buster Miller Road (off Clito Road), he said. The fly-in is for model airplanes, drones, and cars and trucks, and will begin at 9 a.m. and last until 3 p.m.
Admission is free, and the Nevils Boy Scouts troop will be selling refreshments to supplement donations solicited by visitors and participants as well as proceeds from the raffle of several donated items, he said.
The event will include a “static display of all types of remote control aircraft including World War II War-birds, real turbine jets, aircraft and 3D helicopters,” he said. There will also be a demonstration of a War-bird and 3D helicopter fly-by.
This year is the third such event, and last year, the Statesboro-area group raised $12,000 - the most in the nation compared to other remote controlled aircraft clubs holding similar events, he said.
All participants flying remote control craft must be AMA certified, Prosser said.
Beginner pilot training will also be available for those interested in remote control aircraft.
The event is co-sponsored by the Liberty County and Savannah Tri-county remote control enthusiasts clubs, he said.
For more information, contact Prosser at (912) 682-8921 or Bill Barbee at (912) 660-2155.
Also, access the “Tri-County R/C Flyers” Facebook page.
Information about the Wounded Warriors Project may be found online at www.woundedwarriorproject.org.
Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.