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‘Big birds’ create quite a buzz

Fair Park site for second Cates ‘fly-in’


Skywatchers Joey Ramos (top) and Quentin Hughes were among the delighted model airplane fans enjoying the free show Saturday. 
Reporter/Mike Brown Skywatchers Joey Ramos (top) and Quentin Hughes were among the delighted model airplane fans enjoying the free show Saturday. Reporter/Mike Brown Everything was perfect for the second annual Ernie Cates St. Memor ial Big Bird Fun Fly Saturday morning at Fair Park.

Everything except a gusty south wind.

But that just gave 18 model plane pilots a chance to display their skills with more than 25 aircraft.

“ Ever yone was impressed with the way they flew in that wind,” organizer Fred Cates said. “Nobody had a crash and everybody had a great time flying.”

The event is a fund raiser which raises money for M. D. A nderson Cancer Research Hospital in Houston.

“We’re still totaling up the receipts and we w ill ma ke out donation to the hos- pital within the next couple of weeks or so,” Cates said.

The event was again popular for spectators who flocked to the park throughout the morning.


Fair Park racetrack was staging area, ‘pits’ for radio controlled planes in Rockdale’s second annual Ernie Cates Sr. Memorial Fly-In. Fair Park racetrack was staging area, ‘pits’ for radio controlled planes in Rockdale’s second annual Ernie Cates Sr. Memorial Fly-In. “ I k now at one point the bleachers were full, there were people standing along the race track rail and there were lots of folks who brought their lawn chairs and sat under the trees,” Cates said.

The aircraft are referred to as “giant radio controlled planes.”

Most of the planes in the air Saturday were 30 to 40 percent scale models.

Cates said next year’s plans are to move the event away from a holiday weekend. “And I guess one of these times the wind won’t blow at hard as the first two years,” he said.




At left, the flight line was busy; above, shutterbugs click away. At left, the flight line was busy; above, shutterbugs click away.

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