ST. GEORGE – This weekend, you may notice rugged WWII dogfighters and sleek jet airplanes screaming across the skies above the desert region southwest of Bloomington. No, the annual St. George air show has not come a month early, but rather, Remote Possibilities RC Club – St. George’s own radio-controlled aircraft club – will be holding its 34thAnnual President’s Day Fly-In Feb. 23-26 in Bloomington.
The Fly-In is a non-competitive model air show that takes place every year in Bloomington on the weekend following President’s Day, despite its name, due to the heavy President’s Day weekend calendar in St. George. Flyers will be coming into St. George from all over Utah and surrounding states.
“We’ve got a 60-pilot event,” veteran RC flyer Bill Boice said, “and people can expect to see some really cool airplanes. There will be a lot of WWII scales and there will probably be a jet or two here.”
These radio-controlled airplanes may not be quite as large as the real things, but they put on quite a show nonetheless. Pilots stand safely on the ground, executing difficult maneuvers with expert precision. “You’ll see barrel rolls and aerobatic loops,” Boice said. “But not everybody gets into precision aerobatics, some people just like poking holes in the sky.”
The President’s Day Fly-In isn’t a competitive event, but pilots often challenge one another to perform difficult feats of precision aeronautics, putting on quite a fun show.
The flying begins on Friday morning at 10 a.m. and continues all weekend. On Friday evening there will be pizza and a night-flying event featuring planes with lights. The event will be held at the Remote Possibilities airfield, which is located behind the St. George Water Filtration Plant in Bloomington. To access the field, visitors will first have to drive across the grounds of the filtration plant (through the gate) and simply follow the road for a quarter-mile to the airfield parking lot. There will be a five-dollar admission charge per car, which grants admission for all three days of the event.
Copyright 2012 St. George News.