Alex Schauer and Ashleigh Heath flew a pair of 72-inch 3D
Hobby Shop Extras during one of the many 3-D timeslots.
A beautiful blue sky and calm winds
kept the flightline busy throughout the
Photos by Steve and Carla Mills, Scott Anderson, and Rick Smith.
organized events throughout the day.
With more than $3,000 in prizes to give
away, the event staff and other sponsors
were busy pulling prizes from the cash
raffle and performing prize drops from a
Sensei trainer. It’s always fun to see kids
of all ages chase down a parachute for a
chance to win a prize.
At noon on Saturday, the grounds
were hopping with spectators checking
out the event and visiting the many
vendors in attendance. Not wanting
to exclude the pilots from any flying
activities, the noontime demos were
pilot-inclusive, beginning with a mass
warbird launch. More than 20 pilots and
airplanes took to the air to circle the
field, hoping to return safely. There were
no midairs, although the runway was
littered with warbirds that had belly-landed after their flights.
The next event had plenty of carnage,
as the Combat airplanes took to the air
to fight for the WATTS 2013 Combat Champion title. Many
hits took out a number of airplanes early on, until it became a
battle of energy management. Scott Russell made the final hit
with his flying wing and the two airplanes came down.
After a few more helicopter and Scale airplane flight
demonstrations, the pilots returned to open flying.
One of the things I liked most was the chance to meet
fellow RC enthusiasts and see what they were flying. It was
great to see some young and talented pilots enjoying the event.
There were several young pilots at WATTS, but three who
caught my eye were Ashleigh Heath from Michigan, and Alex
Schauer and Ben Kies from Minnesota. The three could be
seen flying together during every 3-D flying-time slot. Each
has only flown for a few years, but all have put hours in on
simulators and at the field practicing. It showed when they
They connected online through various RC forums and
websites, but this was the first time they had met or flown
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