Fox Valley Aero Club celebrates 100th anniversary of Royal Air Force

 
Daily Herald report
Updated 6/23/2018 8:06 PM
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  • People line up to watch as a radio-controlled plane races past Saturday during the Windy City Warbirds and Classics radio-controlled model air show, sponsored by the Fox Valley Aero Club.

      People line up to watch as a radio-controlled plane races past Saturday during the Windy City Warbirds and Classics radio-controlled model air show, sponsored by the Fox Valley Aero Club. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • A radio-controlled plane races past Saturday during the Windy City Warbirds and Classics radio-controlled model air show, sponsored by the Fox Valley Aero Club.

      A radio-controlled plane races past Saturday during the Windy City Warbirds and Classics radio-controlled model air show, sponsored by the Fox Valley Aero Club. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Gary Stephens of St. Charles pilots his aircraft Saturday during the Windy City Warbirds and Classics radio-controlled model air show, sponsored by the Fox Valley Aero Club.

      Gary Stephens of St. Charles pilots his aircraft Saturday during the Windy City Warbirds and Classics radio-controlled model air show, sponsored by the Fox Valley Aero Club. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Planes of all sorts wait to fly as people line the fences Saturday during the Windy City Warbirds and Classics radio-controlled model air show, sponsored by the Fox Valley Aero Club.

      Planes of all sorts wait to fly as people line the fences Saturday during the Windy City Warbirds and Classics radio-controlled model air show, sponsored by the Fox Valley Aero Club. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

The Fox Valley Aero Club wrapped up its fifth annual Windy City Warbirds & Classics radio-controlled airplane show Saturday in St. Charles, celebrating the 100th anniversary of Great Britain's Royal Air Force.

Visitors saw models of many planes, including jets like the F-18 and F-15, powered by genuine little jet engines that can move them 200 miles per hour.

Pilots from six states and Canada joined the club's own 195 members to provide some 300 "giant-scale" aircraft. Last year's show drew 2,000 visitors and 92 visiting pilots. As many as six planes fly at the same time.

Club spokesman Tom Flint said the club's members, who live all over the Chicago area, build and fly all sizes of planes. The club traces its roots to 1929.

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