On Sunday, June 8, 2014, the MARKS Club presented its annual, Public air show at
MARKS Field in Salisbury, Maryland. It turned out to be picture perfect day with
partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the low eighties with little wind. The
spectators and club members estimated at 350-400 enjoyed a great show and had a
great time with lots of good family fun. Again this year, the food was provided
by Flannery's. They did a great job of keeping everyone supplied with good food
and drinks throughout the afternoon.
The show kicked off with Debbie Reynolds singing The National
Anthem. After the anthem club emcee, Ray Carlson. led the spectators and
Club members through a series of flight demonstrations to the delight of
everyone. The demonstrations included WW I Planes, W II Planes, Bi Planes,
powered and hand launched gliders, 3D exhibitions, and helicopter demonstrations. At
one time, seven sport planes of various types were all in the air at once. As a
result, the spectators got to witness an actual mid-air collision. Most these
activities are shown in the pictures below. The show
concluded with a limbo contest which again resulted is several smash ups.
Two highlight of the show were a banner plane
pickup of the MARKS Club banner by club member Jeff McCarter when his plane
snagged the banner on the first try and flew it around the field to the crowds
applause. Also, the spectators seemed to especially to enjoy the limbo contest
which resulted in several misses and crashes.
A parachute drop, candy drop, and hand held
glider contest were provided for the younger children to participate in.
Also, a drawing for children's prizes was held throughout the day. Finally a
50/50 raffle was held at the end of the show.
After the official show, spectators were given a chance to
try flying a club
trainer on a buddy box with the aid of a club flight instructor. This is always
a hit with the youngsters and hopefully gives them some incentive to join a club
and learn to fly.
All-in-all, it was a great afternoon for the club members and the spectators. The club hopes that the exhibition will encourage area spectators
to become interested in radio control model flying and model building. The clubs
membership is open to all with such interest. it's a great hobby. If you are
interested, go to the "JOIN US" page on this website.
MARKS CLUB MEMBERS PARTICIPATING IN ANNUAL AIR
Show opened by the flying of MARKS Banner around field
Below are pictures of field area and static
displays of the club's airplanes many of which were flown during the afternoon
Below are some action shots taken during the show. Photos
taken by chad Haller