A new fury of model airplanes in the Dominican Republic could be seen in a great exhibition presented this past Saturday the 7th, it is the Hobby Land model airplane track about 20 kilometers north of Santo Domingo, with radio-controlled jet planes flown by the best pilots in the country, with world-class scale aircraft.

The most outstanding pilots led by Anthony Pérez, Luis Everts, Donald Cot, Jowensky Polanco (Fafo) and Engineer George Taule presented a unique show of speed and acrobatics less than 200 feet from the ground, which was recorded and will be broadcast this week at different times on channels 27 and 72 of RNN for young aviation fans in the present or in the future as a career.

HOBBY LAND

Located on a cattle farm, owned by Grupo Alonzo, chaired by Fabio Alonzo, who cedes the use of the land to the Dominican Association of Aeromodellers, who, led by Marcos Vilorio, Axel Hache and Frank Troncoso, get all the support of the teams heavy trucks from Hermanos Yarull, for the construction of this 1,247-foot-long asphalt mini-track.

These facilities have also become a training area for helicopter pilots, fans of paramotoring, balloons and ultralights.

Subsequently, Grupo Alonzo cedes equally the use of its land for the construction of the official GOKART track in the Dominican Republic, and also for the track for Motocross MX in the Caribbean.

The facilities also have a POLO field for fans of this sport.

HISTORY OF MODEL AIRCRAFT

Dominican aeromodelling tells the story, it began when a technician from the Esso gas station, Jacinto Taule (Niní) began making free-flying model airplanes, propelled by twisted rubber motors around the year 45, later followed by the journalist Leonel Concha. Who carved the wooden propellers by hand.

Actually, in the early 1960s, rudimentary two-channel radio-controlled aircraft began to be flown, until the ing. George Taule brought a group of outstanding model airplanes from Puerto Rico, with proportional radios that did not exist in the country, and they presented an exhibition at the Polo field next to the Hotel Elambassador that was attended by thousands of spectators, especially children and students.

Previously, in the 1950s, sugar entrepreneurs Jane Vicini and her brother Jusepi brought the first Italian mini-engine, for model airplanes, and the story continued, with the Taule family headed by Don Niní and his sons George and Maxin, Pedro Pablo Bonilla de Rahintel, Waldo Pon, communications engineer one of the most expert, Franklin Polanco, the champion of height, Freddy Evert, Jacinto Peinado, Rafael Molina Morillo, Elio Paulino, José Antonio Najry, Simón Valdez, the best of the builders, the lawyer Gustavo Vásquez and many others who were the forerunners of model aircraft in the country and in Santiago a remarkable and advanced group of pilots also emerged.

In the 1960s in the ball park of the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo, Gabito Morey from the Morey Hardware store established a flight field for airliners, which progressed until in the 1963s he moved to the Polo Field of the Hotel the embassy. Gabito once had a plane crash that affected him, he went home so fast that he left his abandoned child in a stroller that remained alone until he got home and remembered the child in the field Of flight.

As of 1963, the new transmitters began to arrive to fly radio-controlled planes, the first ones were put together by North American Waldo Pon Hetkits and then the Japanese market entered with the 4-channel Futabas, today there are already 20 channels and 3 digital frequencies on 2.4 gigahers and 900 gigaherst digital on automatic and bandwidth-protected frequencies that make interference impossible.

Sunday afternoons became a must for the youth of Santo Domingo, who dreamed of flying, and one day becoming a pilot, to emulate the courage shown by the pilots of one of the best-equipped Air Forces in Latin America, the Air Force. Dominican Air.

Parents took their children to the surroundings of the Ambassador’s Polo field behind the cyclone fence to see the takeoffs, landings and combats that were made in the air of the small planes, almost on a real scale.

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