[Photo provided by Tom Flint]
[Two giant scale, remote-control B-17 Bombers sit on the tarmac, waiting their turn to take off at a media event for the Windy City Warbirds and Classics Air Show in St. Charles. R.J. Monroe (from left) of Middlebury, Indiana, along with Sal Perno of Winfield explain flight control surfaces to Alex and Andrew Erickson of Elgin. Tom Spriet of St. Charles, Dave Cotton of Naperville, Kevin Hersey of St. Charles, and John Fischer of Plainfield, all members of the Fox Valley Aero Club, look on as they ready their planes for the air show.]
He said the warbirds are fast, while the sports planes travel at a variety of speeds.
The planes are hand-painted and have as many as 20,000 hand-placed rivets, said John Fischer of Plainfield, who chairs the event and is among the featured pilots. Past shows have drawn up to 6,000 spectators to see flyers from multiple states.
He will fly his British Submarine Spitfire, a P-51 Mustang and Focke Wulf FW190, a German plane circa 1944. During flight, simulated gas tanks will drop.
Fischer said the club has close to 200 members, 35 who are devoted to warbirds.
"This event in June is dedicated to giant-scale warbirds [in honor of the] D-Day invasion's 75th anniversary," Fischer said.