The Florida Jet RC Airshow

Friday 3/7/13 was supposed to be a whole lot better weather wise than Thursday so we decided to drive roughly 30 minutes east to Lake City and attend an event called Florida Jets.

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We got there pretty early, around 10am right after they opened, paid our $10 each to get in and parked in a large open field. We thought $20 entry fee was a bit steep but after we left we decided it was worth it to attend at least once.

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It’s an event that featured more than three hundred model airplanes brought in by more than 150 pilots from around the world. And these guys were good!!

“The airplanes average in size from five feet long to ten to twelve feet long. And the price range of some of those airplanes ranged from the low end of maybe twenty-five hundred and the high end close to forty thousand dollars! And they were FAST!!!

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Every plane was jet powered. Hence the name of the event “Florida Jet” And these planes for the most part had the jet sound and the power to weight ratio was pretty amazing.

We can tell you it’s not a hobby we will be getting into LOL!! Some of these guys come in with trailers full of planes and others just a couple.

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Along with all the flying there were plenty of vendors selling everything from parts to entire plane kits. We walked around and looked at everything but had no idea of what we were looking at for the most part LOL!!

Like these engines, they cost over $3000 each!!

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This event was considered a FUN FLY but in April they have an even larger event that is pure competition. I sure as heck hope we are not here to attend that one! But if you’re in the area it should be good.

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The clouds never really went away all day and there was a brisk wind. And of course I thought it was going to be 70 with sun so I just had on shorts and a tee-shirt so even though I wasn’t overly uncomfortable at first, after a few hours I was chilled.

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That's a 6 foot table so it gives you a idea of the size of the plane.

That’s a 6 foot table so it gives you a idea of the size of the plane.

Diane was the smart one by bringing more cloths but she still found shelter in the Jeep for a while. But there was still a good view of the planes in the air from the jeep. I joined her after a few hours myself.

The airport across the field brought a large fuel truck over so the pilots could buy from it. This is the short line.

The airport across the field brought a large fuel truck over so the pilots could buy from it. This is the short line.

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I took close to 500 pictures but of course will not post them all. And they really do not give justice to what we experienced with the crowd, the sound of the panes and the great flying we witnessed. But hopefully you enjoy the ones we do post.

After leaving the air show we headed to the Outback Steak House. Diane had been seeing a steak and lobster ad on TV. And it’s all I have heard about for close to 3 weeks and the power of advertising finally won!!

She had her Steak and Lobster and I had the Firecracker Salmon with a hot sauce, as you might imagine, with mango’s mixed in. I think I got the better meal to be honest. But we extinguished Diane’s desire for the steak and lobster none the less.

Once our bellies were full we headed home and chilled the rest of the evening.

Another pretty darn good day. Next we plan to head to the Manatee viewing area so stay tuned. And we hope that the picture after picture after picture of planes didn’t bore you too much.

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6 Responses to The Florida Jet RC Airshow

  1. Amazing. Really enjoyed reading your post and seeing the pictures.

    Regards,
    Bruce

  2. That sounds like a really cool event to attend. Just buy you a small trailer and you can pull it behind your toad. LOL

    • Dave & Diane says:

      That’s a darn good idea Steve!! Let me run that by Diane LOL!!! Well maybe not. And if I did start buying toys like that I’m afraid I would be going back to work after crashing a few of them learning how to fly.

  3. colibabas says:

    Too cool! I’ve never been to an RC Jet event. Where’s my bucket list? I thought I took a lot of pics at air shows…you win!

    Cheers!

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