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Wednesday, 25 July 2012 09:02

Fly over to Skyline Park in Swift Current July 28-29

Written by  Jessi Gowan
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Both history buffs and model airplane enthusiasts alike will enjoy having the opportunity to participate in Warbirds Over The West at Skyline Park next weekend, featuring model aircraft by the Swift Wings Radio Control Flying Club of Swift Current.

“What this event will entail is pretty much any military aircraft – jets, old WWI and WWII fighter planes, bombers, and helicopters,” explained Contest Director Cory Dyck. “Any aircraft that has served in the military at one time or another. A lot of people seem more interested in these warbirds than regular passenger jets, so it's a great way for us to stir up some interest.”
The idea was brought up by Dyck at a club meeting a few months ago, and the rest of the members agreed to host the event for other clubs, and for the public to enjoy, as well. Dyck is hoping that the event will make the public a bit more aware of what kinds of things the club has to offer.
“We're hoping to spark some interest in new members, we are always looking for members,” he noted. “Anyone is welcome to come check it out and maybe inquire on what we do. We are a non-profit, just out there to have fun. It's a great hobby, so we'll try to help out anyone who comes out, to show them what it's about and point them in the right direction to get started.”
The event is the second of three that the club is hosting throughout the summer. In June, they offered an event strictly showcasing helicopters, and the event in August will feature large-scale model aircraft, with wingspans of 80 inches and up. This event will be open to the public, as well.
“It's really a hit and miss with these kinds of events,” Dyck admitted. “It just depends so much on the weather. If it's windy or rainy or anything like that, we can't fly too much. But we do usually get quite a few people out, from Saskatoon, Regina, Medicine Hat, and even some from BC. A lot of people in town still don't know what's going on, though.”
Dyck noted that the club boasts members as young as 10 or 12 years old, all the way up to members in their 70s and 80s. It's a great way for both young and old to enjoy the challenge of learning something new every day, when it comes to the flight of planes and helicopters.
“We usually aim for members who are at least 10 years old, since anything younger than that have a shorter attention span and tend to get discouraged easily, so this isn't a good hobby for them. Most of our members are on the older side, but we have members in their 20s, 30s, and 40s, too,” Dyck explained. “Some of our members have been doing this for over thirty years, so it's pretty exciting to watch them fly. And some of the younger guys have quite a bit of talent, and it's interesting to see what they can do, too.”
The event will feature a concession as well, and will run all day on Saturday and Sunday at Skyline Park, west 4kms on Skyline Road in Swift Current.

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