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June 29, 2014

Oklahoma Warbirds take off in Wolfe Field

DUNCAN — The breezy weekend didn’t take all of the fun out of the first Warbirds radio control air show held just south of Bray on Friday and Saturday.

Over 50 Pilots from Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas joined together from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days to put on a show that audiences wouldn’t forget.

However, Friday afternoon’s gusts did slow the event down. Bill Holland, event director and Associate Vice President for Academy of Model Aeronautics said Saturday was a better day for flying.

“We got to fly a lot more (Saturday),” Holland said. “The winds weren’t as bad. Quite a few of the jets flew and the bombers flew.”

While these aircraft aren’t real, they look as real as their larger counterparts. Each craft is scaled to size, ranging anywhere from one-fourth to one-half the size of the real plane. These models have the exact paint scheme, detailed cockpits with life-like pilots but weigh no more than 125-pounds. The model aircrafts are fueled by jet fuel, have real turbine engines and when in flight, look just like the real deal.

Holland said spectators enjoyed the weekend’s airshow.

“They loved it,” he said. “They’ve never seen any airplanes like this before. We had people drive down from Oklahoma City and other places to spend the morning watching us fly. They had a great time and enjoyed themselves.”

Holland said this will be an annual event so long as Wolfe Field and Team Realm are still available. They will aim to have the airshow the last weekend of June each year.

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