On Saturday the 13th of September, I attended the 11th annual Warbirds Over the Rockies radio control airshow.
The Warbirds Over the Rockies website describes the event as:
“An international event that attracts the finest in model aviation pilots and warbirds from around the globe. With more than 150 pilots and 5,000 spectators, the event is a classic showcase of aviation history and camaraderie. The event also features the top vendors from the modeling industry.”
…and I couldn’t agree more with that description.
The event kicked off at 0800. I arrived around 0900 to find the field already buzzing with activity. This RC airshow rivals any airshow of the 1:1 scale full-size varity that I’ve attended. An example of just about every popular warbird was present. A nice assortment of models were there representing the axis birds of WWII. A gathering of Fw190’s were in the pit area, as well as my favorite…the Me262.
And of course the allies were in full force as well with a compliment of P-51’s, P-47’s and the sweetest B-26 bomber that I have ever laid eyes on. The detailing of this bird just simply has to be seen in person to be appreciated.
As an RC modeler myself, on and off for the past 24 years, I really enjoyed the whole atmosphere of the event. The only suggestion I would have for the event organizers, would be to set up a roped off display area, where between flights, the models could be viewed up close by the spectators. Seeing the detail and effort put into building these machines, can really only be appreciated by getting to see the birds up close. This would also give the pilots and owners a chance to interact with the spectators, giving questions a chance to be answered, and possibly winning over new members to the sport.
With the sport of RC flying, goes its share of rough landings. There were a few collapsed main gear upon landing, as well as busted props and scuffed wing tips. Crashes are all part of the sport, and inevitably have to be reckoned with. As a fellow modeler I’ve had my share. And whether flying myself or as a spectator, it always hurts to see these fine model aircraft crash.
I stayed around the show until about noon, then had to call it a day. I truly look forward to next years event. Here’s a few images from Saturday, with future updates being made as I process images.
Could this be a photo obtained during the capture of the Oberpfaffenhofen Dornier factory in April of 1945? The Dornier 335 “Pfeil”…
It’s the final days of WWII. Daily, the Allies are advancing deeper and deeper into Germany. As a result, the Luftwaffe is pushed further into southern Germany.
Among those units escaping the advance of the Allies, are Germany’s Me 262 units. Too late to turn the tide of the war, these units operated from the few remaining airfields in Southern Germany and Austria.
From one of those remote airfields, we find this Me 262 pilot in the cockpit of his aircraft, preparing to go up against the latest B-17 bomber raids over the Reich. The Me262…
Is it a A-10 somewhere in the hills of Afghanistan, providing Close Air Support to troops on the ground? Nope! Try a R/C model A-10 doing a fly-by at the 11th Annual Warbirds Over the Rockies!
The crew and nose art of the B-26 “Flak Bait”. (I tried to do this aircraft justice with my images. The detailing of this bird just simply has to be seen in person to be appreciated!)
Back from busting Nazi locomotives hauling Third Reich supplies to the front lines, the P-47 Razorback “Miss Behave” touches down.
The A-10 Warthog, operating from the type of environment for which it was designed-improvised air strips.
The pilot makes one last check of his gauges, as the co-pilot peers intently out of his windscreen…wondering what this next mission will bring for the crew of the B-26 “Flak Bait”.
Check back often for updates to this post!