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Mon., July 7, 2008, 10:08 a.m.

Picture of the Day…July 7, 2008

Good morning, Netizens...
In this morning's picture, we have one of a collective group of individuals around the globe called model aircraft aficionados, better known as model aircraft nuts. The other day we were talking about dangerous or exotic hobbies, such as riding a lawn chair from Burns, Oregon to across the Idaho State Line. Until now I never thought I would consider flying a radio-controlled model aircraft somewhat exotic. As I recall them, model aircraft make noise, like an over-sized mosquito, somewhat expensive to maintain but fun to watch.

Model maker Reinhard Oetken pushes his Airbus 380-900 model aircraft from the runway after a flight during a model jet meeting at the Ganderkesee airbase in northern Germany on Sunday. The airplane is 17.24 feet long and the wing span is 17.55 feet. It's tank is filled with 21 liters of kerosene. Germany's largest model aircraft flew the first time in public on Sunday. (July 06, 2008) Associated Press

If you think this “gee whiz” approach to model jets flying around a field is bad, watch this
Jet fighter take-off going through its paces. Of course, what made the Airbus the clear winner were the hundreds of scale-model passengers who disembarked once the plane was off the runway. I'll bet nobody told you that now did they?

They looked suspiciously like Garden Gnomes to me.


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