Plane Enthusiasts Compete at Airport

EUGENE, Ore. — It’s a competition of airplane speed and agility, but the pilots are all on the ground.

About 100 participants are gathered at the Eugene Airport this weekend for the 43rd annual Northwest Control-Line Regionals.

The pilots tested their model planes in a number of competitions, from racing and dog fighting to precision acrobatics. And while these planes may look like toys to some spectators, it’s a sport that the competitors take very seriously.

“It’s a very competitive sport. It’s like golf in that as hard as you try you can’t get an ace in every hole and then you can’t always put in the perfect flight, but you try and you try and you try,” said competitor Bruce Perry.

The regionals started Friday and will continue throughout the weekend.

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