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Fly-in brings radio control pilots and planes to west Billings

Posted at 6:22 PM, Jun 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-23 20:22:31-04

Skilled pilots and technicians brought their best aircraft for a fly-in in west Billings.

The Billings Flying Mustangs hosted the fly-in for radio control aircraft at Chamberlain Field on Saturday.

The event drew about 40 pilots from Montana and out of state from Washington, Idaho, Colorado, the Dakotas and Wyoming.

Some of the planes are capable of doing more than full-size airplanes.

"It’s a brotherhood,” said Carl Thuesen, fly-in contest director for the Billings Flying Mustangs.

“It’s like racing dirt bikes or cars or anything else. i think it’s all fun. my dad and I learned how fly models together. I myself started flying model airplanes when i was 10, and that was 58 years ago. I‘m not going to quit any time soon. So it does kind of get in your blood."

If you’re interested in watching the planes, the fly-in finishes Sunday at noon at Chamberlain Field at 8223 Grand Avenue.