Saturday, November 8, 2008

The RC Float Plane Fly-in at Lake Havasu

Today we had a great treat (at least Rick did!) -- we learned there was a Radio Controlled float plane flying meet at Lake Havasu today. We found the flying site close to our RV park and were surprised to find over 150 RC aircraft flying from a great beach right on the lake. This shows just a few of the many RC aircraft waiting their turn to fly. Usually, there were 4 or 5 aircraft in the air and on the water at the same time.

At Noon, there was a special flying demonstration that was amazing. The pilot flew a large (7' wingspan) Piper Cub doing spectacular aerobatics. He started by doing a touch and go on one float, but curving gently away for a couple hundred feet on the float without touching the wing tip.

He then showed us how to hover a Cub -- right on the deck! In fact, this picture shows him right after he touched the tail into the water and then accelerated straight up. Cool!

Here are a couple more aircraft that we watched fly. This was very enjoyable since I have flown RC planes for many years. A great way to spend the day.

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