RC Jets Fill The Sky In Litchfield

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More than 50 remote control jets were in the air over Litchfield Municipal Airport over the weekend during Roger Shipley's RC Jet Rally Sept. 6-8.

The rally began Friday morning with visits from Litchfield Middle School sixth, seventh and eighth graders, as well as students from Zion Lutheran School, plus 21 pre-K through grade 12 students from Lahr-Well Academy in Edwardsville, accompanied by Dr. Almeda Lahr-Well.

Students began in a hangar for a discussion with Lance Campbell of Columbia, MO, a pilot who spent nearly 10 years building a one-of-a-kind one-eighth scale model of a Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird from scratch.

"What makes planes fly?" Campbell asked to begin the discussion, before describing to students the forces of lift, weight, thrust and drag. He then used the jet to demonstrate to students what makes aircraft pitch, roll and yaw, then briefly described the jet engines.

"There's a lot of cool math and science that go into this thing.  On a jet engine, there's just one moving part," Campbell said, "as opposed to your school bus over there that has dozens of moving parts."

Students then went to the runway where pilots were flying RC jets, and in between flights, Steve Collins and Jim Wright of the Litchfield Airport Authority answered questions.

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