Flying Cowboys Host Annual Fly-in

Ric MacKenzie checks out the plane he brought to the fly-in. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Ric MacKenzie checks out the plane he brought to the fly-in. (Photo by Pat Blair)

Around 200 remote-powered aircraft from small, electric powered planes to giants with 10-inch wingspans and powered by large gasoline engines are expected to take to the air west of Sheridan this weekend.

The event is the annual Fly-in hosted by the Flying Cowboys of Sheridan, and Club President John Steir said he thinks this is the 26th year.

“RC” is short for radio-controlled, and Steir said the sport has been around since the 1930s.

RC pilots started putting their planes and helicopters in the air Friday morning. Among them was Ric MacKenzie, who came from Sidney, Neb., to attend this year's event. He described the plane he brought.

MacKenzie said he attended the Sheridan Fly-in about three years ago. He said Sheridan is a beautiful place to fly, with a great group of people.

Steir said there were about 16 to 18 people at the event on opening day Friday, but he was expecting more to arrive Friday night and Saturday morning. He said by Saturday, he was expecting to see 35 to 40 people from several states.

The Fly-in will be from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday – the same hours as Friday's event – and is open free to spectators.

View more photos below.

Another shot of MacKenzie and his plane. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Another shot of MacKenzie and his plane. (Photo by Pat Blair)
One of the RC planes in flight. (Photo by Pat Blair)
One of the RC planes in flight. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Some of the planes lined up and waiting to fly. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Some of the planes lined up and waiting to fly. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Two fly-in attendees check out another plane. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Two fly-in attendees check out another plane. (Photo by Pat Blair)
SheridanWyoming.com

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