GOSHEN — The third aerial event in five days started today, Thursday, July 12, at the Goshen Municipal Airport.
Air Supremacy, featuring radio controlled air craft, will have models flying today through Saturday. This is the sixth year for Air Supremacy and the second year for the event to be held at the airport.
Organizers RJ Monroe and Chuck Hamilton said they wanted to offer the community an economical family friendly event. Air Supremacy will feature 130 pilots from around the country flying 300 different aircraft.
Hamilton explained the models RC fliers fly are “not your grandfather’s model airplanes.” Air Supremacy also showcases the talents of modelers from around the country.
RC air craft can be made from designs made by the pilot, through published plans or by purchasing a kit. “There are thousands of hours spent building,” Hamilton said.
The planes are typically balsa wood with fiber glass over it with specific design adhesive systems to keep everything together.
Planes vary in weight from 10 to 55 pounds. Heavier plans usually require a waiver to fly.
Most pilots have a specific reason to build and fly planes. For example, Hamilton’s father, Lloyd Hamilton, wanted to fly in the Army Air Corps. during World War II, but was sent to the infantry due to colorblindness. Because of his father’s service, Hamilton likes to build and fly RC aircraft.
Admission to Air Supremacy is through Gate 10, located on US 33 South. Follow the dirt lane along the fence line to the flight area.
Admission is $5 for adults. Children with a paid adult are free. Veterans, active military, police and fire fighters along with a plus one are also admitted free. Must show ID.
Air Supremacy will run 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, Thursday, July 12, Friday, July 13 and Saturday, July 14.