Model airplane club to host charity show

JOHNSTOWN – The Lazy Eight Radio Control Model Airplane Club will have its 27th annual charity model airplane air show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 17 and 18, at the club’s flying site, off County Highway 131, behind Rogers’ Family Orchard. according to a news release.

The suggested donation for admission will be $3 per person, with children younger than age 12 admitted free. There is no charge for parking. All gate proceeds from this event will benefit the James A. Brennan Memorial Humane Society’s Free Pet Food Bank, the news release said.

Over the past nine years, the Lazy Eight Radio Control Club has raised more than $15,500 to help start and maintain the program, which allows Fulton County low-fixed income seniors to keep their pets by providing them with free pet food, the news release said.

The air show is sanctioned by the Academy of Model Aeronautics and the International Miniature Aircraft Association and will feature a large selection of giant-sized model airplanes flown by radio control.

The air show is a freestyle, non-competitive event allowing the pilots the freedom to duplicate the flying characteristics and aerobatic maneuvers of the full-size aircraft, without restrictions, the news release said.

The 40-plus pilots from throughout the state and surrounding states will display their World War I and World War II and civilian airplanes.

Planes modeled at past airshow have included the P-51 Mustang, the AT-6 Texan and the P-47 Thunderbolt. All of these model airplanes are expected to return, along with several twin-engine powered models, the news release said.

Time has been set aside each day for a closeup look and photo session of the models, with pilots available to answer questions, the news release said.

It is suggested that spectators bring lawn chairs. Refreshments, restrooms and handicapped parking will be available.

For more information, call Ron Chizek at 762-3330 or go to

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