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Fly-in to benefit wounded warriors

Published 8:01pm Thursday, August 15, 2013

A local radio-control airplane club will have a fundraiser for the Wounded Warrior Project on Saturday.

The Hampton Roads RC Club will hold the event from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at its field on Pembroke Lane, which turns off Godwin Boulevard directly across from Oakland Elementary School.

A radio-control plane pilot inspects his aircraft at a Hampton Roads RC Club event in 2011. The club will have an event this Saturday to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project.
A radio-control plane pilot inspects his aircraft at a Hampton Roads RC Club event in 2011. The club will have an event this Saturday to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project.

The Academy of Model Aeronautics is sponsoring the National Model Aviation Day and encouraging clubs to support the Wounded Warrior Project through the events.

“It’s just a nice fit, because there’s lots of activities going on in this particular area for the Wounded Warrior Project,” club member Chris Weeks said.

Donations are encouraged for admission to the event, concession sales on site and the opportunity to fly. Pilots with their own planes also are encouraged to donate a landing fee.

“It’s open to the public, and we welcome the public to come and participate,” Weeks said. “The public is welcome to fly with us on what we call buddy boxes, where they get a chance to fly some of the radio-control planes the members have on site.”

Weeks said visitors at the event might even get hooked on a new hobby.

“This is another way of getting the public involved in a great hobby and meeting for a great cause,” Weeks said.

A raffle with various types and sizes of radio-control planes also will be held.

“It’s a great opportunity for folks to come out and buy a raffle ticket and have a chance of winning a plane,” he said.

“Hopefully the weather holds,” he added.

But while the food and planes will be exciting, Weeks encouraged people to remember the reason for the event — raising money for the Wounded Warrior Project.

“This is an opportunity to donate to their heart’s content,” he said.

Visit www.hamptonroadsrc.com for more information.

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