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Model Airplanes: More Than Just a Hobby

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For some Texomans, Labor Day isn't just for kicking back in a boat. It's about taking to the skies and perfecting a craft. And in this case, that craft is flying model airplanes. Deeda Payton has more on the story.

Texoma is a sort of hub for model aeronautics. Sherman has had a charter with the AMA, a national club since 1970, so building and flying model airplanes in Texoma comes with a sense a pride.

For James Crawford, flying model airplanes is more than just a hobby, it's a commitment. "How many model airplanes do you work with now?" "Is my wife watching this? I've got about eight." Add that to 20 years of flight experience as a pilot in the air force and you've got one committed aviation enthusiast. "This is how I'm spending my Labor Day."

And, he's got fans. "We saw 'em flying and thought we'd stop and watch." Maybe even a future model airplane operator. "I'm afraid if I do I'll end up crashing it."

Crawford is a member of the Texoma RC Modelers Club, a registered club out of Sherman that has about 60 members.

Ron Boffa has been flying model airplanes for more than ten years and says in addition to flying for fun they also have competitions. "It's extremely large planes, third scale and up, where they fly a pattern just like they do at the airport with stunt planes." Events that take model aeronautics to new heights.

If you would like to get involved with the Texoma RC Modelers Club, you can visit their website at www.texomarc.com. You can also attend their monthly meetings the first Thursday of every month at the Gander Mountain meeting room in Sherman.

Deeda Payton, KTEN News.


    

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