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Aerial antics at Ben’s Strip

Yakima Valley Aero Modelers fly in to Zillah: Annual Fall Classic draws RC enthusiasts to Ben’s Strip

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Photo by Roger Harnack

Remote-control pilot Jacob Pulsipher, 16, of West Richland, appears to take his plane for a “walk” Saturday at Ben’s Strip during the Yakima Valley Aero Modelers Fall Classic flyin. Pulsipher was among dozens of enthusiasts participating at the event at 3515 Cheyne Road venue north of Zillah.

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Roy Henley, 54, of Naches, readies a fully functional turbine aircraft for flight Saturday.

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Renowned pilot David Mahan, 46, of Richland, stalls his airplane just feet above the ground.

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Colton Siebol, 18, left, and Will Ball, 13, both of Yakima, wield a fire extinguisher near the runway.

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Ryan Siebol, 43, of Yakima, prepares to launch a UFO.

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Hundreds of remote-control aircraft line the apron of Ben’s Strip north of Zillah.

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A replica Fokker Dreidecker, commonly called a “triplane,” appears to be in a dogfight with a smaller remote-control airplane.

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