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    Contributed by: Ken Isaac | Published: November 2009 | Views: 40491 | email icon Email this Article | PDFpdf icon
    Warbirds Over The Rockies 2009, RCU Event Coverage

    Event Coverage by Ken Isaac (RCKen)

    Now in it's 6th year, Warbirds Over The Rockies has become one of the premier flying events in the US. The event is held in Ft. Collins, Co. and is hosted by the Love Air R/C Club. This year the event was held on August 28-30 and was definitely the best event to date. Warbirds Over the Rockies had 145 registered pilots (most with multiple planes) and 5,000 - 7,000 spectators over the 3 days of the event. And of course the best part of the whole event was of course the warbirds! And oh my was there warbirds!! Every era or military aircraft was represented all the way from World War I up to present time. Ages ranged from Hunter Foster at the age of 10 (winner of the youngest pilot award) all the way to Kent Perkins at the age of 80 (winner of the Silver Eagle Award). And while they were all warbirds, the planes ranged from huge giant scale planes all the way down to a small foam Parkzone Corsair airplane. But all the planes regardless of the size shared the runway equally. Please enjoy the Planes of Warbirds Over the Rockies.
     
    Every day at noon the crowds were treated to the Noon Time Demo. What set this event apart from most others was the pyrotechnic show. A professional explosive effects team was brought in for the event, and their efforts helped to really complete the "look" of warbirds in action. Strafing runs, anti-aircraft artillery, to bombing runs were all acted out in glorious explosions and bangs. In addition to the "fireworks" the noon show included the "World War I Gaggle" where the skies were filled with planes from that war period. And not to be outdone, the staff of WOTR went out of their way to set new standards. They attempted to break the scale RC sound barrier. Did they succeed?? Find out for yourself by checking out the videos from the demo.
     
    Saturday night was set aside for a casual-formal banquet hosted at the local university. The night was a great time as the pilots and their families came together for some good food, and some great friendship. While WOTR is a friendly gathering of pilots that like to fly, that doesn't mean there weren't just a few awards to go around. To find out who won check out the winners here. The highlight of the banquet was the guest speaker. Captain Donald Speers was a World War II ace who flew a P-51 over the skies of Europe. His time during the war also included some time as a guest of the Germans. He relates his experiences to the people at the banquet. We have included his entire presentation on our Banquet Page, so please take some time to watch it.
     
    If you couldn't make it to Warbirds Over The Rockies this year we hope that you will enjoy the coverage of the event that we bring to you here. We have tried to capture as much of the event as we could in pictures and video. And if you enjoy the coverage we hope that you might be able to attend in 2010, as it promises to be even better than this year was!
     
    Now, with no further ado please enjoy the sights, sounds, flying, and everything thing else that made Warbrids Over the Rockies such a great event!!!
     
    Probably the biggest part of any warbird event is the warbirds themselves. Here are many of the aircraft that took to the skies over Ft. Collins during Warbirds Over The Rockies. We have tried to present as many of the planes that took part of the event as we could. Make sure that you check out our second page of aircraft.
     

    RCU has made available high resolution copies of all the plane pictures for purchase. We have teamed with Smug Mug to bring you all of our photographs. These pictures may be purchased in a print form, or in digital download form. If you would like any of these photographs for in a high resolution format for your own personal collection we encourage you to check out our gallery on Smug Mug.

    Warbirds Over The Rockies Photo Gallery on Smug Mug.
     


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    Of course the heart of an event like Warbirds Over the Rockies is the flying. We've tried to capture as much of the flying as possible and we present that to you here. We hope you enjoy the flying action of Warbirds Over The Rockies 2009.

     

    Planes Of Warbirds Over The Rockies - Part 1

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    F-15 Eagle - Greg Moore

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    Japanese Zero - Brian Young

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    DR1 Triplane

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    Curtis SOC-1

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    P-51 Mustang

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    Beechcraft Staggerwing

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    B-25 "Panchito"

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    B-25 - Lyle Vasser

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    B-24 Liberator

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    B-17 "Memphis Belle"

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    A-10 Warthog

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    DR1 Triplane, Scott Davis

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    F-16 "Thunderbirds"


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    F-16 Fighting Falcon

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    F-15 Eagle

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    F-4 Phantom, Brian Omeara

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    F9F Panther

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    F8F Bearcat

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    F4U Corsair - Parkzone

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    F4U Corsair, Gary Mills

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    F-18 Hornet

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    P-47 Thunderbolt, Steve Forest

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    P-47 Thunderbolt

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    P-40 Warhawk

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    Russian Mig-3

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    ME-110, Evan Quiros

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    FW-190, Evan Quiros

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    FW-190, Cal Branson

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    P-47, Steven Lacy

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    Ryan STA

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    PT-19, Eduardo Estevez

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    PT-17 Stearman, Egil Wigert

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    Before any plane can be put in the air it has to be brought to the flight line, fueled, aired up, tweaked, and started. Every plane spends time in the pit area before taking to the skies over Colorado. Here are some of those moments.

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    While the largest part of the action is on the flight line and the planes in the air, this is only part of an event such as Warbirds Over the Rockies. At a show like this there is also plenty going on "behind the scenes". Whether it's in the stands, vendor alley, the pits, the pyrotechnic crew, or any other of a dozen places at the event here are some of the things going on that helped to make WOTR 2009 a success.
     

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    What are the "Faces of Warbirds Over the Rockies"? These are the people that make this event what it is. They are the pilots, crew, event staff, media and organizers of this event. We like to present pictures of these people as the participate in the event, because without them WOTR just wouldn't happen.
     
     

    There is a saying in the hobby that fits here. "I don't want to see anybody crash, but if they do crash I want to see it!!" Or better yet, catch it on film! We aren't trying to embarrass anybody here with these pictures. But hey, it happens ot all of us. The bumps, flips, hard landing, crashes, and other "oops" moments.

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    Comments on RCU Review: Love Air R/C Club Warbirds Over the Rockies

    Posted by: Kmot on 11/30/2009
    WOW!!! What a report! :)
    Posted by: wayne d on 11/30/2009
    As always Ken, great job!
    Posted by: Burc on 11/30/2009
    Excellent...
    Posted by: furloughed ual on 11/30/2009
    FAN-TABULOUS!!!!!!!!!!
    Posted by: kochj on 12/01/2009
    Very Nicely done!.... I will say this though....I have a different opinion of those VERY load 50cc+ mufflers.
    Posted by: kochj on 12/01/2009
    oops
    Posted by: hairy46 on 12/02/2009
    great job! what a treat to be there! been to airshows all my life and yours is the best!
    Posted by: tfarmer96 on 12/04/2009
    Thanks Ken i know that was a lot of work!
    Posted by: Flakbait on 12/05/2009
    Thank you Ken for all of your hard work!!!!
    Posted by: fw190 on 12/06/2009
    Uber Job RCU! A Phenominal event! See you all next year! I got to fly with tfarmer ya thats right!
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