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Downscale air show set for next weekend at Lonesome Pine Airport

April 20th, 2014 8:24 pm by Stephen Igo

Downscale air show set for next weekend at Lonesome Pine Airport

Giovanni Colberg, left, president of the Sky-Tech Rocketry Team in Wise, says model rockets, remote-control planes and helicopters will range in size and technical complexity 'from the hobby level to the college research level.' Contributed photo.

WISE — The rockets red glare will include other colors of the spectrum come the weekend of April 26-27 at Lonesome Pine Airport as locals stage the facility's first Aerospace Days extravaganza featuring diminutive — and some not so diminutive — rockets and remote-controlled aircraft.

Hobbyist scale rocketry and remote-controlled airplanes and helicopters aren't quite the back yard spectacle of yesteryear, or certainly not the way Aerospace Days planners will stage the two day and one night event at Lonesome Pine Airport near the town of Wise.

Giovanni Colberg, president of the local Sky-Tech Rocketry Team in Wise, said the notion for Aerospace Days is motivated by a desire to provide a weekend of fun for the region and to promote an appreciation for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.

The local rocketry team has "done a bunch of rocket launches for schools, and some of the schools have staged teams of their own and we mentor them. But this is the first time we've done an Aerospace Days for the entire community and the region," he said Friday.

About 150 Boy Scouts will camp on the airport grounds during the weekend, there will be food vendors, special speakers and for those who want to join the blastoff bash, model rocket vendors will be on hand as well. The public is not only welcome but the admission price is perfect for any family's pocketbook: it's free.

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