When I was dropping my wife off at the airport in Indianapolis, I noticed a sign by the road near Plainfield that said "Air Show Today"; thinking it was probably a small airport, I followed the signs, turned out it's a RC
flying club; I spent the whole afternoon watching guys flying their models; one guy had a fabulous looking plane, looked like it was damned near big enough to ride in......thing was like 6 or 7 feet long! Another guy told me he had a few K in it; it was almost like watching a real plane it flew so well.
Another guy had an electric-powered F-22 Raptor; (it was foam, and looked VERY realistic); I was really kicking g myself because I didn't have my camera with me. A couple of times there were 4 planes in the air at the same time; a guy told me that 5 planes up at a time is the club limit.
I was very impressed by some of the guys with the models; the guy that had the great big model was a former racing pilot; you could tell just watching him fly that big model he was a real "been there, did that" guy; VERY cool !
Their "airport" was very impressive also; had three or four "taxi strips" out to the main runway......some had 2 or 3 ninety degree turns out to the "runway"........very realistic; there was wide open agricultural land on three sides of the field, and a big prison behind it; a guy told me, the biggest "no no", was flying over the prison ! He said if a model went down inside the "razor wire" fences, it was "gone for good" !
The place was on the west side of Plainfield, Indiana, maybe 6 or 8 miles due west of Indianapolis International Airport. (IND
As already mentioned, the really BIG advancement in RC
models is the Li-ion batteries and the new radios.
I was especially impressed by the performance of the model "Jets"; the little electric fans that furnish the thrust to power them are absolutely amazing! When the guy flying the F-22 was "on final" to land, it was almost like looking at a real Raptor coming in to land. Another thing that really surprised me; unlike years past, almost all of the models these guys are flying are "right out of the box", maybe a few decals added, rather than hundreds of hours of building from scratch.
Stupidity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result; Albert Einstein