The following report comes from Associate Vice President Paul Verger.
The first weekend in November is the Fall Fly-In held by the Pine Belt RC Association in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. This late fall date has not always been kind to the club and this was one of those years. Yes, it was cold, but there was a lot of flying. Yes, it was windy, but it was right down the runway. There was still a great turnout considering the forecast.
Everyone wished there had been more flying, but what was there was excellent. Mac Hodges flew an 11-foot Cessna 310. It had two Desert Aircraft DA-50s and was very aerobatic. Al Ayler flew a big B-25. It flew just like the full-scale aircraft, and had incredible detail.
If you have ever been to Hattiesburg, you know the event director, Jeff Williams, is doing to blow something up! While the foamie warbirds flew, Jeff set off charges on the ground and into the air. Everyone enjoyed it.
The noon meal at the Hattiesburg event is something special. Jeff goes to local eateries and asks for donations. It turns in to a 50-foot buffet line. This year there were roughly six national food sponsors, including Hooters complete with two Hooters girls serving chicken wings. When was the last time you were at a fly-in that had Hooters Girls?
Thanks to Ken Achee for taking pictures at the fly-in. The next event is in April. See you there.