SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- The Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Flying Club held its 3rd annual Thiers Memorial Pistons & Props Fly/Drive-in from 10 a.m.to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Schenectady County Airport.
Whether arriving by car or plane, students, community members and pilots gathered for day of food, music, helicopter rides, car shows and airplane displays as a part of International Biplane Day. For three consecutive years, the Flying Club partners with Capital Car Shows the previous two years to raise more than $2,500 for the Thiers Memorial Endowment Fund, which is used to provide flight training scholarships to students looking earn their private pilot’s license.
The event featured a C-130 rescue/cargo aircraft from the Stratton Air National Guard 109th Airlift Wing, a local MedFlight helicopter, and the F-5 used in the making of the movie Top Gun. Capital Car Shows also showcased a selection of rat rods, muscle, classic and custom cars at the car show portion of the event. To top it off, the event also featured remote-controlled aircraft displays, flea market wars and photos with the International Biplane Association will make this a day for every taste.