The best free show you’ll see this summer!

On 13News at Five and Six we had the opportunity to witness the Rockford Airshow that goes on all summer long.

We were live at the Radio Controlled Airplane Park on Harrison Road (not Harrison Av.) on the city’s northwest side. The Rock Valley R/C Flyers were kind enough to show off some of their planes as they did acrobatic maneuvers right over our heads.

The park is open to the public and the members encourage spectators! There are facilities there and a nice bleacher section, along with a shady spot to get out of the sun. It’s not uncommon to see planes small and large and while we were there there was even a helicopter doing some tricks!

The club tells me they have guest-flights where kids and kids at heart get their chance at the controls. You don’t need your own plane, you will actually take the controls of one of theirs. Dave Brandt, the club’s treasurer, tells me this is to encourage people to get into the hobby…and of course have some fun.

If you’d like more information, check out the Rock Valley R/C Flyer’s website by clicking here. They’re usually flying in the nice, sunny, calm weather so it’s worth the quick drive on a nice day this summer!

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This post was written by qni_it on June 29, 2011

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  1. Fred K. June 29, 2011 9:58 PM

    Another one of Rockford’s little known gems. But, I am a little biased as I am one of the flyers that enjoys the beautiful flying field that the Rockford Park District has provided for our enjoyment.
    Come out and enjoy with us as spectators or perspective pilots. Eric, thanks for the great coverage.

  2. Dave B. June 30, 2011 5:41 AM

    Thank you Eric and WREX 13!

    You really “flew(hit) one out of the park” with the coverage for the Rock Valley RC Flyers.

    Also a big shout out to the Rockford Park District for their assistance with the flying field.

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