Jet-fueled RC planes invade Waco this weekend

Friday, September 6, 2013 - 2:54pm

This weekend there will be some pretty cool planes in Waco.

Ron Schwarzkopf works at Lockheed Martin.

He drove in from Fort Worth this week to take part in the Annual Greater Southwest Jet Rally held near Speegleville Park, where up to 60 RC plane enthusiasts will be showing off their hobby.

“These models out here will probably range from ten pounds to 50 pounds in weight. Some airplanes are capable of reaching 200 miles per hour," said Schwarzkopf. “These jets have real turbines. They run off of jet fuel.”

Larry Garrett is the event organizer.

“You have people that play golf, fish hunt, well, this is our hobby," said Larry Garret, the event's organizer.

“I like airplanes," explained Schwarzkopf. "It’s what I do at work. Of course, I don’t get to do enough of it at work. So, this way I can do as much as I want; The design work, the building of the planes, you can fly it, you can do it all.”

And the cost to build one of these bad boys?

“Something like mine maybe costs $10,000," said Schwarzkopf.

But Larry said it’s worth it.

“Well, that depends if you talk to one of our wives," joked Garrett. "But it really is no more expensive than deer hunting or bass fishing if you but a nice bass boat.”

“It’s Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The best time to view as a spectator is from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. We’ll probably have at least 50 pilots out here and each one will have two or three planes," said Garrett.


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