By Genna Ord
Despite constant rainfall most of Saturday, there were a few opportunities for pilots to show off their aircraft during Illinois Valley Radio Control Club’s 12th annual Fun Fly and Air Show at Flaherty Airport north of Peru.
For instance, Ron Hunt from Crystal Lake flew a shark-shaped jet. “It’s actually very aerodynamic,” he said of the fish-shaped plane. The rows of teeth, he cut himself. “And it fits the weather pretty well.”
And Dave Brandt of Rockton flew a replica of a Russian YAK-54 aerobatic plane, including making a pass over the Flaherty field upside-down.
Several pilots were putting their aircraft through impressive demonstrations. Jim Hogan, a radio-controlled model plane pilot from Peoria, said there are two kinds of RC pilots.
“There are those who have crashed, and those who are going to crash,” he said.