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STEPHENVILLE High over the East Ramp of Stephenville airport a fighter plane can be seen circling against the morning sun.

Not an unusual sight over Stephenville airport since it was the former Harmon USAF airbase where fighters of all descriptions were commonplace as they came and went on their respective missions.

But wait this one is bright red and has three wings on which the Iron Cross of the German Imperial Air Service is visible. It is a Fokker Dr I triplane, famous as a favourite plane of Manfred Von Richthofen the Red Baron and his Flying Circus.

But now a green and grey SE5A biplane is seen sailing up towards the Fokker Dr I. It bears the unmistakable red, white and blue roundels of the British Royal Air Corps. Is it Canadian ace Billy Bishop on the hunt? Have hostilities broken out again? Have we stepped through the looking glass back into 1917?

No, instead the two antique planes join up to form a line and dive down to fly past the gathered onlookers, as cheers and applause breaks out among the assembled fans. It is July 1, 2012, Canada Day but also commemorated in Newfoundland as Memorial Day, and Mike and Jack are doing a fly past with their model aircraft in honour of the occasion and in recognition that the combatants of Word War I have become allies and friends.

Mike Mercer of Kippens is the builder and pilot of the SE5A and Jack White of Port au Port built and flies the Fokker Dr I. Both of them are enthusiastic long time radio control model airplane hobbyists and members of the Bay St. George RC (Radio Control) Flyers Club.

The club, which has approximately 20 members, was formed in 2004 by a group of like minded individuals who take delight in putting radio controlled model aircraft through their paces.

They received their Model Aeronautics Association of Canada registration number 657 and charter on June 8, 2004. This is an important milestone since, as members of MAAC, they are recognized by and connected with hobbyists all over the country and the United States, as well as covered under necessary insurance policies.

On any fine day in summer groups of fliers can be seen enjoying their hobby at their flying field a section of the east ramp area on the Stephenville Airport. Some prefer models of modern aerobatic sports aircraft.

Long time pilot Kip Kaus often spends an hour executing a series of loops,
martens uk RC air show takes off from Stephenville next weekend
rolls and spins with one of several sports planes he has built, even doing low, inverted passes over the runway.

Others prefer to buy ready built sport or trainer planes and enjoy the thrill of that first solo flight. Modern micro electronics and low cost radio equipment has brought the cost of the sport down to where an individual can get started in the hobby for as little as a few hundred dollars.

The club offers instruction for new pilots using “dual control’ radio transmitters so that the novice is supported through every step of the learning process.

Many of the veteran members like Chris Dohaney and Barry Coates of Stephenville and Colin Young of Stephenville Crossing enjoy the challenge of building their own planes from kits and from scratch with only plans, spending many of their winter evenings surrounded by balsa wood and glue as a new creation comes together and is prepared for an adrenaline pumping maiden flight the next spring.

Model helicopters are also popular with some club members, ranging from internal combustion engine power to electric, and in a wide range of sizes.

In fact indoor flying with micro electric aircraft is becoming another branch of club activity with regular sessions being held in the West Coast Training Centre over the past winter. the Bay St. George RC Flyers will be holding an Open House with displays of model aircraft and flying demonstrations at their field on the East Ramp.

Should the weather not be suitable the event will take place on May 19 or 20.

The general public is invited to drop by, see the displays, and find out more information about the hobby and if interested how they can become involved.

Children under 14 years of age should be accompanied by an adult.

Not an unusual sight over Stephenville airport since it was the former Harmon USAF airbase where fighters of all descriptions were commonplace as they came and went on their respective missions.

But wait this one is bright red and has three wings on which the Iron Cross of the German Imperial Air Service is visible. It is a Fokker Dr I triplane, famous as a favourite plane of Manfred Von Richthofen the Red Baron and his Flying Circus.

But now a green and grey SE5A biplane is seen sailing up towards the Fokker Dr I. It bears the unmistakable red, white and blue roundels of the British Royal Air Corps. Is it Canadian ace Billy Bishop on the hunt? Have hostilities broken out again? Have we stepped through the looking glass back into 1917?

No, instead the two antique planes join up to form a line and dive down to fly past the gathered onlookers, as cheers and applause breaks out among the assembled fans. It is July 1, 2012, Canada Day but also commemorated in Newfoundland as Memorial Day,
martens uk RC air show takes off from Stephenville next weekend
and Mike and Jack are doing a fly past with their model aircraft in honour of the occasion and in recognition that the combatants of Word War I have become allies and friends.

Mike Mercer of Kippens is the builder and pilot of the SE5A and Jack White of Port au Port built and flies the Fokker Dr I. Both of them are enthusiastic long time radio control model airplane hobbyists and members of the Bay St. George RC (Radio Control) Flyers Club.