It's Clint Akins' annual birthday bash and I decided to invite myself! Down in Mt. Valley, Ga. , in the middle of a Pecan Tree Orchard, is Deputy Field, and some RC royalty were in attendance. I, of course, showed up in rain boots and a series of outer ware, with my charming wit as my only present. After being asked if I like butt, and yes I do (the crew was roasting pork butt!), I began snapping away.
Not ten minutes into the day, a heli goes in. I couldn't see who it was at first, but after showing up on the scene to record the damage, I say that it was one of Matt Botos' models and he was not the pilot at the time of impact. I caught a little bit of the guys busting on the pilot, all in good fun. After shaking off the damage, Matt was out there throwing it down, keeping me edging ever so slightly back from the flight line.
Greg and Jenni Alderman were present with Topaz in tow! Between Jenni, myself, and Amy Botos out there shooting, we made for a pretty awesome RC Charlie's Angels. Too bad there was no photo-op, next time! At lunch, I took a break from the field to visit the Museum of Aviation in neighboring Warner-Robbins. I highly recommend stopping by this place if you are ever in the area. It is right next to Warner-Robbins AFB and is filled with history and memorabilia.
After lunch I got some quick shots of Nick Maxwell showcasing his unwavering control and precision. I also noticed a full-scale airplane at the end of the runway. After a little investigating, and my own hunches, I discovered Mac Hodges had flown in from Americus. As he started up to leave, I grabbed my phone and got his take-off. Something told me to keep filming and Mac starts pulling hard left, and circles back around and gives us a real dirty buzz. He's pretty cool in my book!
Thanks to everyone out at Deputy FIeld and to Clint Akins for the hospitality and for whomever rescued my camera lens! Thank you to my framily, The Aldermans and everyone who came out! You guys rock!Last edited by Jim T. Graham; 01-20-2016 at 04:01 PM..
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