Model Plane Enthusiasts Hold Fly-in

Lineup of planes waiting to be flown at Saturday's Fly-in. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Lineup of planes waiting to be flown at Saturday's Fly-in. (Photo by Pat Blair)

A group of people from Wyoming and elsewhere got together for an annual event that's been going on since the early '90s. Sheridan Media reporter Pat Blair has the story.


A group of model airplane enthusiasts from Wyoming and some neighboring states gathered at the Sheridan Sportsman's Club off Keystone Road this weekend for their annual three-day fly-in. I caught up with them Saturday morning, for a visit with John Steir, who's president of the Flying Cowboys. He said there were 25 people on the site that day, with about 100 radio-controlled planes.

Officially, the event starts on Friday morning and continues through Sunday, but Steir said some of the participants started arriving Wednesday night. Steir said some there were participants this year from the Dakotas and Nebraska, and in some years, they've been from states even farther away.

I had a chance to talk with Tom Buckley, who's one of the originators of the Flying Cowboys.

I asked him how he got the idea for the organization.

Buckley said he'd brought five planes to the event on Saturday. The planes range from small electric-powered flyers to giants with 10-foot wingspans, powered by large gasoline engines.

View more photos below.

Flying Cowboys President John Steir goes over some details at start of Saturday's Fly-in. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Flying Cowboys President John Steir goes over some details at start of Saturday's Fly-in. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Larry Kimmanau pauses while working on his plane. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Larry Kimmanau pauses while working on his plane. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Some of the planes and pilots at Saturday's event. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Some of the planes and pilots at Saturday's event. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Model warplanes. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Model warplanes. (Photo by Pat Blair)
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