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.