Aero modelers abuzz over Saturday's fly-in at Nacogdoches airpor - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Aero modelers abuzz over Saturday's fly-in at Nacogdoches airport

Source: KTE Staff Source: KTE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff Source: KTRE Staff
NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) -

Aero modelers from all over Texas, and parts of Louisiana and Arkansas, are gathering at the A.L. Mangham Airport in Nacogdoches. They're here for Saturday's fly-in.

The free displays and demonstrations of not your 'run of a mill' model airplanes will certainly have spectators looking to the sky.

Drew Thomas with the Livingston Always Ready to Fly Club takes flying model airplanes to an extra high level.

“My annual cost of my hobby is probably about $35,000,” Thomas said.

However, the sport can cost less than a hundred dollars. That's the beauty of it to David Hinson who likes building the models as much as flying them.

“We've got pilots young as seven years old and as old as 85,” Hinson said.

Gary Moxley, of Panola, isn't quite there yet, but he's been a plane enthusiast for 50 years.

"And I've been around these since I've been 10, 11 years old,” Moxley said.

The aero modelers are ready to show off their aircraft Saturday morning. You'll get a bit of a history lesson along the way.

“In the military scene they used them to spot ground troops that were in trouble with the enemy,” Thomas said.

“This particular one, Rosie Rocketeer, was in Patton's Third Armored Division and flew reconnaissance for him,” Moxley said.

The 60-percent scale models run off weed eater gasoline. They can present a furious element of realism.

Aerobatic flight displays, triplanes, jets, and demonstrations by the best of the best pilots goes on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Until four o'clock free lessons will be provided to anyone interested in trying.

“You, too, can have one,” Thomas said.

There will be a lot to see Saturday. The Bomber Field Club in Houston is brining large-scale jet airplanes.

Also a Commemorative Air force airplane will fly down. Rides can be purchased for $150.

It all takes place Saturday at the A.L. Mangham Airport in Nacogdoches.

Copyright 2014 KTRE. All rights reserved.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Lake Charles NAACP hosts forum on Calcasieu Parish schools

    Lake Charles NAACP hosts forum on Calcasieu Parish schools

    Monday, April 23 2018 11:33 PM EDT2018-04-24 03:33:01 GMT
    (Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)
    (Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)

    What's going on in Calcasieu Parish schools?  That was the question those in the community wanted to find out at Monday night's NAACP forum.  Superintendent Karl Bruchhaus broke down these three topics-- school accountability, current initiatives, and continuing challenges--  first before questions were asked.  Everything from retaining more certified teachers, to bond issues, and even questions on safety were asked.  But while every concern couldn't ...

    More >>

    What's going on in Calcasieu Parish schools?  That was the question those in the community wanted to find out at Monday night's NAACP forum.  Superintendent Karl Bruchhaus broke down these three topics-- school accountability, current initiatives, and continuing challenges--  first before questions were asked.  Everything from retaining more certified teachers, to bond issues, and even questions on safety were asked.  But while every concern couldn't ...

    More >>
  • Dozens of homes in south Lake Charles targeted by package thief

    Dozens of homes in south Lake Charles targeted by package thief

    Monday, April 23 2018 8:33 PM EDT2018-04-24 00:33:51 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    A number of residents in south Lake Charles have had packages stolen right off their doorsteps.  For about a month, authorities believe the man, pictured above wearing a hat and glasses, is suspected of stealing more than 10 packages from residents doorsteps.  After numerous posts on Facebook showcasing surveillance footage of the thief in question , members of the community realized that the same person had also stolen from them as well.  One of the victim...More >>
    A number of residents in south Lake Charles have had packages stolen right off their doorsteps.  For about a month, authorities believe the man, pictured above wearing a hat and glasses, is suspected of stealing more than 10 packages from residents doorsteps.  After numerous posts on Facebook showcasing surveillance footage of the thief in question , members of the community realized that the same person had also stolen from them as well.  One of the victim...More >>
  • FEMA’s temporary housing program extended for 2016 flood victims

    FEMA’s temporary housing program extended for 2016 flood victims

    Monday, April 23 2018 8:32 PM EDT2018-04-24 00:32:25 GMT
    (Source: FEMA)(Source: FEMA)
    (Source: FEMA)(Source: FEMA)
    The request by Gov. John Bel Edwards to extend the temporary housing program for victims of the 2016 floods was approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The program now runs through Aug. 15, 2018.  Edwards requested homeowners be given additional time to get their homes back in order and asked the low rent remain. FEMA granted the extension, but will impose incremental rent increases on the Mobile Housing Units (MHUs). The governor plans to appeal t...More >>
    The request by Gov. John Bel Edwards to extend the temporary housing program for victims of the 2016 floods was approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The program now runs through Aug. 15, 2018.  Edwards requested homeowners be given additional time to get their homes back in order and asked the low rent remain. FEMA granted the extension, but will impose incremental rent increases on the Mobile Housing Units (MHUs). The governor plans to appeal t...More >>
Powered by Frankly