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Images: Fox Valley Aero Club's Windy City Warbirds & Classics air show event

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  • Several doll pilots sit in various locations in a B-25 Mitchell 1/5 scale plane owned by Paul LeTourneau of Oconto, WI. It has a 162" wing span, weighs 110 pounds and sports twin cylinder engines with 10HP each. LeTourneau built the plane from scratch 11 years ago and has been flying for about 20 years.

       Several doll pilots sit in various locations in a B-25 Mitchell 1/5 scale plane owned by Paul LeTourneau of Oconto, WI. It has a 162" wing span, weighs 110 pounds and sports twin cylinder engines with 10HP each. LeTourneau built the plane from scratch 11 years ago and has been flying for about 20 years.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Dennis McFarlane of Lombard assembles his 1/4 scale Piper Cub Civil Air Patrol plane to fly in the Fox Valley Aero Club's Windy City Warbird and Classics model airplane show in St. Charles on Friday. McFarlane built his first model airplane when he was six years old. His father, a native of Scotland, was a WWII pilot with the Royal Air Force and was asked by the United States to fly with the 8th Air Force (being granted citizenship as the bargaining tool) and flew a B-17.

       Dennis McFarlane of Lombard assembles his 1/4 scale Piper Cub Civil Air Patrol plane to fly in the Fox Valley Aero Club's Windy City Warbird and Classics model airplane show in St. Charles on Friday. McFarlane built his first model airplane when he was six years old. His father, a native of Scotland, was a WWII pilot with the Royal Air Force and was asked by the United States to fly with the 8th Air Force (being granted citizenship as the bargaining tool) and flew a B-17.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Mike Maciejewski of St. Charles hangs onto his Stintson Reliant R9 plane as the engine warms up readying for take off. Maciejewski has been a member of the Surburban R.C. Barnstormers, Inc. model airplane flying club for about 30 years, and often flies at Fox Valley Aero Club events.

       Mike Maciejewski of St. Charles hangs onto his Stintson Reliant R9 plane as the engine warms up readying for take off. Maciejewski has been a member of the Surburban R.C. Barnstormers, Inc. model airplane flying club for about 30 years, and often flies at Fox Valley Aero Club events.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • A biplane makes a showing pass near the runway as another pilot and spotter signal a request to land during the Fox Valley Aero Club's Windy City Warbird and Classics model airplane show.

       A biplane makes a showing pass near the runway as another pilot and spotter signal a request to land during the Fox Valley Aero Club's Windy City Warbird and Classics model airplane show.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • A B-25 Mitchell 1/5 scale plane owned by Paul LeTourneau of Oconto, WI flies past the crowd at the Fox Valley Aero Club's Windy City Warbird and Classics model airplane show. It has a 162" wing span, weighs 110 pounds and sports twin cylinder engines with 10HP each. LeTourneau built the plane from scratch 11 years ago and has been flying for about 20 years.

       A B-25 Mitchell 1/5 scale plane owned by Paul LeTourneau of Oconto, WI flies past the crowd at the Fox Valley Aero Club's Windy City Warbird and Classics model airplane show. It has a 162" wing span, weighs 110 pounds and sports twin cylinder engines with 10HP each. LeTourneau built the plane from scratch 11 years ago and has been flying for about 20 years.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Planes line up to take to the air at the start of the Fox Valley Aero Club's Windy City Warbird and Classics model airplane show.

       Planes line up to take to the air at the start of the Fox Valley Aero Club's Windy City Warbird and Classics model airplane show.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Bill Suhr of Palatine retrieves a SPAD 13 biplane (WWI era) from the landing strip, serving as "air boss for retrieval." Suhr, a member of the club for the past three years, has been flying model planes since 1975. The plane is owned by Chad Asmus of Menomonie, WI, who has flown with the aero club several times before.

       Bill Suhr of Palatine retrieves a SPAD 13 biplane (WWI era) from the landing strip, serving as "air boss for retrieval." Suhr, a member of the club for the past three years, has been flying model planes since 1975. The plane is owned by Chad Asmus of Menomonie, WI, who has flown with the aero club several times before.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • A doll sits in the cockpit of the plane owned by Vladimir Holis of Westchester ready for flying.

       A doll sits in the cockpit of the plane owned by Vladimir Holis of Westchester ready for flying.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • A plane comes in for landing at the Fox Valley Aero Club's Windy City Warbird and Classics model airplane show.

       A plane comes in for landing at the Fox Valley Aero Club's Windy City Warbird and Classics model airplane show.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • A 1/4 scale de Havilland Tiger Moth plane comes in for a landing.

       A 1/4 scale de Havilland Tiger Moth plane comes in for a landing.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Planes of all makes and sizes sit on display before taking to the flight strip.

       Planes of all makes and sizes sit on display before taking to the flight strip.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Dennis McFarlane of Lombard readies to attach a wing to his 1/4 scale Piper Cub Civil Air Patrol plane. McFarlane built his first model airplane when he was six years old.

       Dennis McFarlane of Lombard readies to attach a wing to his 1/4 scale Piper Cub Civil Air Patrol plane. McFarlane built his first model airplane when he was six years old.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Kevin Kessler of Geneva, center, flies his Piper Super Cub 1/4 scale plane as Rich Gabrys of Elgin, left, acts as his spotter. Kessler owns about 15 planes has been a member of the club for five years.

       Kevin Kessler of Geneva, center, flies his Piper Super Cub 1/4 scale plane as Rich Gabrys of Elgin, left, acts as his spotter. Kessler owns about 15 planes has been a member of the club for five years.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

 

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