RCMF hosting Vintage Fly-In Saturday

Rose City Model Flyers Inc. vice president Rob Rittner and safety officer and event coordinator Andy Fakla are ready with their vintage flying machines for the club's Vintage Wings Fly-In this weekend.
Rose City Model Flyers Inc. vice president Rob Rittner and safety officer and event coordinator Andy Fakla are ready with their vintage flying machines for the club’s Vintage Wings Fly-In this weekend.

Vintage Fly-In Poster 2015The Rose City Model Flyers Inc. are holding their fifth annual Marshville Vintage Fly-In. Saturday Aug. 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The show will be featuring all scale models of aircraft from 1903-1939 this year’s theme is “The Golden Years of Racing of the 1920s and 30s.”

“It features anything built prior to 1939,” Andy Fakla, safety officer and event coordinator, Rose City Model Flyers Inc. said in an interview. “It will display the old biplanes from WW1 era, the racing era, civilian planes and military planes of that period in time.”

“This is our fifth year for the event, it’s really taken off,” he said. “We’ll get a lot of guys that don’t usually go to the bigger events because they have the big scale airplanes, they fly slower than the guys with the high speed jets and fighters.”

“There will be flying going on all day,” he said. “At noontime, there will be a demonstration of precision aerobatics by one of our members.”

There will also be a barbecue with hot dogs and hamburgers for sale, water for sale, raffles, draws, and a swap table. Admission is free and spectators are welcome and should bring a lawn chair to watch the flying.

“It was formed in 1974,” Rob Rittner, vice president, Rose City Model Flyers Inc. said about the club. “So it is Niagara Region’s oldest club.”

Photo submitted- DeHavilland DH.60 Gypsy Moth. 1926 to usage in some air services in 1936. Civilian and military use.
Photo submitted- DeHavilland DH.60 Gypsy Moth. 1926 to usage in some air services in 1936. Civilian and military use.

“It was formed by a few guys who were aviation enthusiasts, who developed their love of aviation just through modelling as opposed to flying real aircraft which can be very expensive,” he said.

“From building the models from kits, to scratch builders marking pieces out and cutting them out themselves, usually winter projects,” he said.

“There are skills used, woodworking skills, making the covering, and the research,” he said. “For me, I like to research historical aircraft and research the backgrounds, all the history, so I get to tie that in with my love of aviation.”

“So, you have the building, the flying and the history of the aircraft, that’s basically what the club is, that’s an aviation enthusiast” he said.

Photo submitted- The Boeing B-9 was the first all-metal monoplane bomber used by the US Army Air Corps. First flown in 1931 with last B-9 delivered in 1933. Model built and flown by Pat Deschamps of Fort Erie.
Photo submitted- The Boeing B-9 was the first all-metal monoplane bomber used by the US Army Air Corps. First flown in 1931 with last B-9 delivered in 1933. Model built and flown by Pat Deschamps of Fort Erie.

The club will teach someone about how to get into model plane flying starting from scratch. They recommend people start with starter kits and learn how to operate the aircraft safely under the direct supervision of one of their instructors.

“We’re always looking for new members,” Rittner said.

“We’re trying to entice the younger people,” Fakla said.

“One of our longstanding members, Joe Rogers, usually runs a March Break Camp at the Township of Wainfleet Public Library,” Rittner said. “One year, they did rocketry with a bunch of the eight and ten year olds.”

“Everyone got the basic rocket kit with the solid rocket boosters and they actually built them,” he said. “Once they put them together we took them to the field one day and they all got to launch their rockets.”

This weekend’s Vintage Fly-In is a good way to meet the members of the club and aviation enthusiasts interested in learning the hobby can certainly make contact with any member there to find out how to join.

Otherwise, people interested in pursuing the hobby, developing their love of aviation, can go to the website at: http://www.rosecitymodelflyers.com/ , there is a contact form at http://www.rosecitymodelflyers.com/contact.html

The Vintage Fly-In takes place at the club’s airfield Saturday Aug. 22 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Address: Marshville Airpark, 40625 Feeder Rd. Wainfleet, Ontario.