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Nacogdoches remote control pilots show off their skills


People from all over East Texas were on hand at an air show Saturday in Nacogdoches, but this wasn't just any air show. It was all remote controlled model planes.

Looking at a plane doing four barrel rolls in a row might make a person dizzy, but to the remote control pilots, it's one of the best things to do.

"I like to do flips and I like to stall and come back down," said pilot Mason Howell.

The planes at The Nacogdoches Aero Modelers Club come in all shapes and sizes.

Some planes resemble old war planes, while others look like futuristic helicopters.

There is something for everyone.

"We're all interested in aviation," said President Jackie Ivey. "Even though we are flying the smaller planes; these planes still have the same type of aerodynamics as the big planes do."

Don't be fooled by their size, they can go fast and landing is always tricky.

"With radio controls, you can find other ways to destroy them that real planes don't have," said pilot Mike Armand.

At 10 years old, Howell is one of the youngest members in the club.

"I like other people watching me and I like showing off," said Howell.

Through the free kids' membership, Sarah Wood hopes to join the ranks of an experienced model plane pilots.

"I was scared because I didn't know how to do the flips," said Wood. " All I did was go straight and turn and then come back."

One day, she hopes to be able to master the flips.

The group is always excepting new members.

You can learn more at their website.

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