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Radio-controlled aircraft, similar to this miniature Navy jet, are expected to be displayed at the Chennault Fly-In on Saturday.  (Special to the American Press)

Radio-controlled aircraft, similar to this miniature Navy jet, are expected to be displayed at the Chennault Fly-In on Saturday. (Special to the American Press)


Chennault Fly-In features airplanes of all sizes

Last Modified: Thursday, November 22, 2012 8:25 PM

Special to the American Press

SULPHUR — Look past the aircraft that arrive at Saturday’s Chennault Fly-In and Open House, and you’ll find a group of aviation enthusiasts who are big fans — on a small scale.

They’re the members of the Lake Area Radio Kontrol Society, the Sulphur-based hobby club dedicated to the advancement of model aviation and the flying of radio controlled model aircraft.

LARKS members have their own miniature airport, four-acre Hinch Field in Carlyss. This weekend, however, they’ll have a static display at much larger Chennault International Airport — sharing space with the real-life bigger planes.

The Fly-In and Open House is scheduled for 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at Chennault, 3620 Sen. J. Bennett Johnston Ave.

Admission to the public is free.

The event will feature a static display of airplanes, helicopters and cars as well as a live demonstration of the Chennault Fire Department’s high-tech emergency fleet — the Oshkosh Stryker 3000 aircraft crash and rescue fire truck.

A privately owned Douglas A-26 Invader is among the vintage aircraft scheduled to fly in for the event.

Vendors will sell food and beverages at booths.

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