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Radio Control Club holds Fun-Fly air show

Published: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 11:00 a.m. CDT

PERU — The Illinois Valley Radio Control Club will hold its annual Fun-Fly air show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 28 at Flaherty Field airport in Peru.

Many airplane models with wing spans ranging from 18 inches to more than 10 feet will be on display. The planes include scale replicas of World War II aircraft such as a P-51 Mustang, twin engine bombers and a Piper Cub scout plane. A fully restored World War II TBM Avenger torpedo bomber will also be on display if weather permits.

Peru resident and club president Mike Fiorentini said flying a radio controlled plane is better than playing videos.

“In a video game or flight simulator, if you make a mistake you can easily start all over. When you fly a model airplane and make a mistake, it can literally go down in a devastating crash so you need to be on your toes. Everyone is always willing to help you out. It’s a great hobby and way to make new friends.”

The airplanes fly to an altitude of at least 600 feet. Some of the aircraft are designed for stunt flying and will do loops and spirals.

In addition to the flight demonstrations, the club will be raffling off an Acer laptop. There will be grilled bratwurst, hot dogs, pork chop sandwiches, soda and water available on the ground.

This event is the club’s annual fundraiser. Flaherty Field is located approximately three miles north of Interstate 80 and Peru on Route 251. For more information, call Don Hartshorn at 815-495-4101.

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