Benzie Air Show Is Back For 20th Year

Benzie Area Radio Control, or BARC is hosting their 20th Annual Air Show on Saturday.

More than 1,000 people are expected to come watch radio controlled jets, warbirds, helicopters and bombers soar through the sky.

More than 100 planes operated by pilots from all over the state will be at the Thompsonville Airport.

“We’ve never seen anyone leave this show that weren’t smiling,” said pilot Ed McIntosh.

Smiling in awe seeing these model planes soar up to 500 feet in the air at up to 250 miles per hour.

But with multiple planes in the air twisting and turning at once, safety is always the number one concern.

“Favorite part of flying is landing successfully in our club we always say it’s a good landing if you can find all the pieces,” he said.

BARC, has been around for about 30 years.

Ed remembers when he encountered BARC for the very first time.

“I came in and thought oh my God,” Ed said.

And he’s been a member ever since.

However, airplanes have been an interest for Ed for as long as he can remember.

“Like all kids airplanes were a big thing back when I was young we all had the balls and wood planes we assembled sticks on the kitchen table, and put in rubber bands for motors and flew them til the rubber bands gave out,” he said.

Ed says flying one of these model air crafts isn’t too far off from flying a full-size air craft.

“The difference between real flying a full size aircraft and model air crafts is the same is there is no real difference except with model air planes the controls are on the ground while the plane is in the air,” he said.

Whether it’s a full size air craft or model air craft, spectators can still expect to be impressed.

“They’re going to see things they’ve never seen before,” Ed said.

Anyone is welcome to come enjoy the show for free at 10 am.

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