A fleet of model planes took to the skies last weekend at Savannah’s Staff Sgt. Anthony Davis Memorial RC Model Airfield to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project.
About 50 model aircraft pilots — including several from Liberty County — showcased their skills before a crowd of hundreds during the Tri-County RC Flyers air show. Model aviators zipped their planes up and down the runway, launching them into acrobatic maneuvers, dips, dives and twists that varied just as much as the aircraft themselves.
The models ranged from those designed to resemble World War I and II fighter planes to modern airliners, include a fully functioning jet.
Tri-County RC Flyers Vice President Paul Frankum said his group was happy to organize the show to benefit a good cause.
"All the proceeds from the sales of hamburgers and hot dogs and donations are going to the Wounded Warrior Project," he said.
The nonprofit, which helps veterans wounded in conflict, was selected by the Academy of Model Aeronautics as this year’s chosen charity of support. Last year, the RC Flyers raised $2,000 for charity, according to Frankum. This time around, the event brought in more than $10,000.
In addition to demonstrations and concessions, the free show featured introductory flight lessons, displays, raffles and other activities. The Tri-County RC Flyers is an Academy of Model Aeronautics chartered club. For more information, go to http://www.tricountyrcflyers.org/.