Indiana Dunes Live – Model Airplanes: Midwest Sundowners

After breakfast we had some time before our next activity do we headed over to the Midwest Sundowners Airstrip (451-499 N 650 W Hobart, IN 46342). Through some research before our trip I had learned that the model airplane club was having an airshow!

As we drove up we could see radio controlled planes barrel rolling and looping through the sky above corn and soybean fields. The airstrip was a perfectly manicured grass area that resembled its full scale counterparts. Nearly 100 people were gathered under canopies and on spectator benches to watch as the planes took off, performed high in the sky and landed.

People were working on their planes as they waited their turn to put their planes up in the sky. An announcer introduced the planes as they made their way to the runway, controlled by talented and knowledgeable hobbyists on the sidelines. Everyone was so friendly and excited to talk about their planes and the event. We sat on a bench in the shade of trees and watched and listened to the buzz of the small aircraft in the sky. It was a fun start to our day of activities and something that we’ve never done before!

If you are ever visiting the Dunes or near Valparaiso, check out the Midwest Sundowners Radio Controlled Flying Club. One member told me that members are out on the airfield practicing almost everyday. Check out the events calendar on the website to see when special events take place. We were so fortunate that they were having a War Bird Airshow while we were in town.

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