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June 27, 2014

OK Warbirds set for takeoff

DUNCAN — The first Oklahoma Warbirds radio control air show will welcome over 100 pilots from seven states today and Saturday.

    The event will occur at Wolfe Field, a private airfield with a 40-acre campus located four miles south of Bray from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. This is the first radio control air show to be held at this site and in this part of Oklahoma, said Bill Holland, event director and Associate Vice President for Academy of Model Aeronautics.

     The model aircraft, which are about 1/4 to 1/2 the size of the original aircraft, are high quality replicas of planes and fighter jets,  including replicas of WWI and WWII aircraft.

    “There will be a wide variety of aircraft that will fly,” he said. “Warbirds are any plane that flew from WWI to current days. There will be planes from every era. These are scale models so they are actual replicas of the planes that were flying in combat.”

    Holland believes that spectators will be more than pleased with the quality of the models. Because these are scale models, the aircraft will look identical to the real planes.

    “I think the biggest thing to let people know is how big some of these airplanes are. I think a lot of people will be pleased with the quality,” he said. “You’ll see everything you can imagine out there over the next two days.”

    Spectators will have the chance to visit with the pilots that are flying the aircraft. Holland said that about six planes will be in the air at the same time.

    “We’ll have time at the event to let people walk through and talk to pilots,” Holland said. “If they have any questions, they can ask any team realm official in a black shirt. Any of the pilots will be happy to answer questions.”

    Although Holland expects for the next two days to be breezy, he said that the crafts and pilots will be able to handle it.

    This event is free to the public. Concessions will be on site. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own seating. For more information or for directions, visit okwarbirds.com.

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