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The sounds, maneuvers, and pageantry. The sky is the limit for members of the Davenport Radio Control Society.

It is the next best thing to flying for real.

Pilots use radio transmitters to fly their planes. Much of the flying takes place at Seven Cities Sod in Scott County.

The runway is 400 feet and there’s lots of room to maneuver and land these planes. Some of the planes have wingspans of 80-100 inches.

With thumb on the control panel, and eyes to the sky, these pilots maneuver their aircraft. Aircraft is supposed to stay below 400 feet.

The radio range averages about two miles.

Scott Booth pilots a jet. It runs on kerosene and travels about 150 miles an hour.

He says good hand-eye coordination is very helpful.

There are about 110 members in the society. They also belong to the Academy of Model Aeronautics.

The planes are scale models of actual aircraft.

The Davenport Radio Control Society has members from throughout the area.

They are always looking for people who are interested in building and flying radio controlled planes.

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