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Verbael of the Yuma Aeromodelers Club in Yuma, Arizona, shared some information
and photos about an event that his club held in February 2017.
Yuma and the movie 3:10 to Yuma might be familiar to many, but our 11th annual
presentation of Fly Yuma, an R/C air show and weekend of fun, is also steadily
gaining regional attention and familiarity among modelers each year.
February, the Yuma Aeromodelers Club hosted its annual Fly Yuma event at its
club field, which boasts a 600 x 60-foot asphalt runway, efficient crowd
control, safety fencing, and a superb sound
system—literally reaching out to each of the estimated 1,600 spectators lined
up from end to end of the runway.
mid-70° weather with no wind and cloud-free sunshine blessed spectators and
participants alike all weekend. Free dry camping was provided for a number of RVs, and local food vendors provided sustenance
during the three-day event.
February 24, was field setup day and was devoted to test flying for
participants arriving early at the field, located 5 miles north of the city of
Yuma, Arizona. Later, night flying, hot dog roasting, and several hospitality
fires served to set the upbeat mood for our Fly Yuma ’17 weekend.
year, we were treated to the addition of five RC box kites flown in the total
black desert sky—proof that there is no limit to ingenuity and novelty
demonstrated by participants.
morning arrived with the first of 750 spectator cars carrying eager passengers
who brought lawn chairs, suntan lotion, and dark glasses to enjoy a nonstop
four-hour program of RC flight demonstrations that included scale
World War I warbirds, sleek jets, RC skydiving, 3-D flight, helicopters,
drones, sailplanes, and Sunday fliers.
formal program kicked off with Bill Beck towing a 3 x 5-foot American flag with
his Senior Kadet that was equipped with a release
mechanism and accompanied by the US and the Canadian national anthems, sent out
through the field’s sound system.
flights featured what we believe might have been a “first ever” at an RC air
show: a flight demonstration by the event contest director Mike McMullen of an
RC paraglider sporting a 6-foot parachute and powered by a 500
mA electric motor mounted on a trike chassis.
possible first was the appearance of five RC box kites flying at the same time!
Yuma ’17 witnessed 40 RC pilots coming from as far as northern California,
Reno, Nevada, Tucson and Phoenix, Arizona, as well as local club members flying
a variety of crowd pleasing aerial routines described by an announcer. Music
occasionally accompanied the demonstration flights.
year, we were able to welcome back from Texas several hard-core fliers who came
to participate and enjoy the mild Arizona winter. Scale models included a
beautiful example of a WW I S.E.5 by Jack Collins, up to Vietnam-era
turbine-powered CH-53 and AH-1J Cobra helicopters built and flown by Jim Spice,
a U.S. Marine CH53 pilot during the Vietnam War.
show-stopping finale featured five large 3-D aircraft flying a “Sabre Dance” in
the same airspace, at the same altitude, with total precision. Spectators were
absolutely stunned—all eyes glued to the aircraft hanging on propellers only a
few feet apart! Hundreds of
onlookers agreed, “It just does not get any better!”
At the conclusion of the 26 programmed
flight demonstrations, all aircraft and their pilots gathered on the runway
centerline for a “meet and greet” opportunity for the public to check out
aircraft and chat with pilots and crew members. Following this portion of the
event, the field was available for open flying throughout the remainder of the
activities on Sunday, February 26, included a well-attended hobby swap meet
where several aircraft, parts, building materials, and tools were presented by
eager sellers to potential buyers. More open flying on Sunday kept the Fly Yuma
’17 legacy alive and well.
Fly Yuma programs have included various fun-fly events and buddy-box
regarding the 130-member Yuma Aeromodelers Club, our activities, and complete
details about Fly Yuma ’18, scheduled for February 24, 2018, can be found on
the club’s website at www. yumaaeromodelers.com.
members are invited to fly as guests for a few days at our first-rate field
while visiting in the area. Now is the time to plan a getaway to the friendly
skies and mild winter weather in Yuma, Arizona!
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