Tail Twisters Take To The Sky In The Cloud
By Tracy Kehr
Photos by Robin Rodarmer and Tracy Kehr
White Cloud Area Tail Twisters held their annual Free Fun Fly at the White Cloud Airport on Saturday, June 17th.. The side of the runway was packed with all ages of people looking up. Spectators could watch many kinds of remote control flying aircraft such as a B-17 Bomber Super Flying Fortress with a 10’ wing span, a 3D Aerobatic helicopter, a flying lawnmower and a Boomerang Sprint Jet with a 21lb thrust turbine.
This Boomerang Sprint jet screams across the sky and can reach speeds over 160 mph while powered by kerosene. If you are ever shopping at...
...Houseman’s Grocery and hear a loud jet, look over at the White Cloud Airport, it may be that Boomerang.
“Because of this club we’ve made new friendships and created partnerships. Many worked together with the Tail Twisters to put this day together.” Jim Maike, Jr., President of the White Cloud Area Tail Twisters says. The White Cloud Rotary provided beverages and the White Cloud Friends of the Library put on a Pig Roast. The perfectly roasted pig by D.J’s Grill & Roasting Service from Grant served the entire crowd.
Many spectators and pilots coming from outside the area enjoyed their day in White Cloud. Marshal Emmendorfer flying a P-51 mustang from New Lothrop, Paul Binkley flying a helicopter from Montrose,Len Todd and Mac McClelland of the Baldwin Club, The Lake County Modelers and Flyers wouldn’t miss it.
Mac, however, had an unfortunate task of picking his plane up in pieces. Well, at least the pieces that weren’t blown up! He was flying his F4U Corsair, busy bombing the barn & his airplane decided to fly right into the barn – what a crash! Not sure if it was the pyrotechnics or his plane that exploded, but it was a great fireball!
Tom Wrobleski came in just for the event from the Wyoming area to direct those awesome pyrotechnics. Father and son, Dave and Wade Simon drove to White Cloud Airport from the Grant area to watch all the remote control action.
“A perfect Father’s Day weekend activity,” said Marcie Hanson, a White Cloud resident.
She said it was a Father’s Day miracle to have such a family fun event in town. Marcie looks forward to it every year.
A popular attendee was Hazel – the cat on a harness and leash. Hazel was happy to watch all the flying too and she behaved so well, but not if you leave her at home according to her owner Steve McClain. Steve is a new resident of Bailey from Wyandotte and brought his planes to White Cloud, along with his good looking cat.
Mark Schreiber from The HUB Center in Fremont, offered free RC Racing Demonstrations on the portable racetrack. The HUB Center runs the races at the new Branstrom Raceway Park in Fremont.This track had the full attention of many, including Mr. Nathan Houpt, 2 from White Cloud. No pulling or coaxing would get this boy to walk away from that oval track. His eyes were on the cars, watching every one fly around it. Many cars tumbled off into the distance with Nathan not far behind to retrieve them.
His mom, Abbigail Houpt said, “Between my 4 sisters and I we had eight children with us who all enjoyed the candy drop! Also my favorite part was Mr. Maike's helicopter as well as when the B 17 bomber blew up the barn. It was fun to bring my boys to such a family friendly event.”
The candy drop was performed by Gavin Kehr, 17 of White Cloud. Gavin flew his UltraStick 120 and dropped 5lbs of candy from its belly onto the tarmac below. All the kids ran out on the runway and grabbed as much candy as they could. The candy made the kids forget they were standing on an airport runway!
White Cloud Area Tail Twisters numbers about 18 members and is a radio control club that meet at the White Cloud airport each Thursday around 5pm to put the aircraft through their paces. The pilots fly remote control airplanes, helicopters, jets and even lawn mowers. They invite anyone up to watch them fly. If you want to join, talk to Jim Maike, Jr. on a Thursday night up at the airport.
The White Cloud Area Tail Twisters wishes to thank everyone who braved the inclement weather to support this event. The enjoyment and safety of the public is their top priority and this takes a year of planning. Tail Twisters appreciates the City of White Cloud for their many years of support. The White Cloud Library for the food organization and the White Cloud Rotary for the beverages. Thank you to the White Cloud Mayor and City Manager for your attendance.