SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) — If you’ve ever wanted to fly a plane, there’s a club that lets you do just that all from the ground.
Just off U.S. Highway 71 at Northridge Air Park is where you’ll find the Shreveport Area Radio Kontrol Society.
“The club has been in existence since the ’60s," said Terry Monroe, a member of SHARKS. "I’ve been involved for right at 30 years.”
Monroe and other members spend their time building and flying radio-controlled model aircraft.
“Here it’s World War I, War War II, common aircraft to today’s date," Monroe said. "Jets, pretty much even helicopters. Our club’s probably a mix of a lot of different people and also airplanes.”
“I’ve flown them all over the world," said SHARKS member Chuck Sanders, who’s been flying such planes for nearly 55 years. “Diego Garcia, England, Hong Kong, all over the United States.”
And he’s no stranger to the military. Sanders spent almost 30 years as a pilot in the Air Force.
“I flew real aircraft, military aircraft. I got close to 11,000 hours in the air.”
Monroe and Sanders both say the best thing about being a SHARKS member is the time they get to spend with one another.
“The fellowship that we have in the community and RC," Monroe said. "We travel around to other events throughout the year, and the camaraderie and the fellowship is just outstanding.”
Some of the planes can take months to build. But once they hit the skies, it makes all the hard work worth it.
“The feeling that you get when it goes up for the first time and flight, and everything works out good, which you hope, it’s unimaginable," Monroe said.
And with more planes left to build and fly, these SHARKS members know friendship is what makes this hobby last a lifetime.
The group will have a warbirds event Saturday at Northridge Air Park, 6825 Hwy. 71 in Shreveport.
The event is free and open to the public.
You can come out and watch these planes fly in the sky and even witness a simulated bombing that will take place around 2 p.m.
The group also is raising money to go to Woody’s Home for Veterans, an assisted living facility that helps homeless veterans in Shreveport.