Warbirds Over Alvin

Story by Flori Meeks – Houston Chronicle

The day will be a meld of history and playtime when the Alvin RC Model Airplane Association presents its Warbirds Over Alvin Fly-In Saturday, Oct. 6.

Guests will have a chance to watch model airplane pilots fly replicas of military aircraft dating to World War I.

“We do it so people can show off,” contest director Benny Behrens said. “There’s a lot of pride that goes into the building process.”

Tim Haskins, president of the Alvin RC Model Airplane Association, flies this model, a Nieuport 17, which was a French biplane fighter aircraft of World War I. He will pilot a French Dewoitine D520 and a German Eindecker E111 at the Oct. 6 fly-in. (Phote: Houston Chronicle)

The fly-in will take place at the club’s field, 2444 County Road 180, in Alvin. The field includes a 40-by-400-foot runway and a 100-by-800-foot runway.

Registration will begin at 8 a.m. Participants will be charged a $15 landing fee per entry. Flying will start about 10 a.m.

“Normally at these events there are lots of planes scattered around on the ground that folks can stroll around and look at starting fairly early,” Behrens added.

Admission is free for spectators, and concessions will be available. Guests also will have a chance to enter raffles for prizes donated by area vendors.

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Visit https://www.alvinrc.org or e-mail cbbehrens@comcast.net for more information about the show or the club, Alvin RC Modelers Assn, AMA Charter Club #1307.

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