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Model plane event is fundraiser for ill kids

Posted September 14, 2012

— The skies over Youngsville will be filled with aircraft this weekend.

The 22nd Annual Fly for Tots means more planes will be circling overhead than on any given day at Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

These planes are models, piloted from the ground with radio controls. The event may look like child's play, and it serves as a fundraiser for an important children's charity, but the pilots are just as skilled as any serious gamer.

Adam Miller flies a plane that is a 60 percent scale model of the real thing. "You'll see every type of plane out here," he said, "from electric to, you know, big gassers."

It can be a costly hobby, but it's all for a good cause. Proceeds from a plane raffle go toward a fund for Victory Junction, a camp for kids with a variety of chronic illnesses or serious injuries. In the last six years, Fly for Tots has raised $120,000.

"One of the prizes is one of these really big airplanes that you see that are valued at about $5,000," said organizer Larry Lewis.

The fly-in continues through Sunday on Bethlehem Church Road north of Rolesville, and admission is free.

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