A two-week camp for boys and girls to build flying model airplanes will run from July 22 to Aug. 2 at the Fairfield Senior Center on Mona Terrace.
Campers, from 11 years old and over, will build five flying airplane models, each more demanding to construct, and more rewarding in performance than the last.
Called "cadets," the campers will learn about the physics of flight include drag, lift and thrust, and understand the function of flight controls and trimming. Cadets will make precise measurements using scale rulers, gram scales and weight charts.
The camp hours will be Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to noon and Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. when cadets will stay for lunch and fly their planes in the center's gym. Lunch will be served Wednesdays.
The camp instructors will be Richard DeAngelis, a retired Fairfield University professor and U.S. Air Force veteran, who has built model airplanes since the age of 10. Also instructing will be James Tamborra, who served in the U. S. Air Force as an aircraft crew chief, and who is an engineer. They will be assisted by the Fairfield Senior Center Flying Aces Club members, all of whom are experienced craftsmen. The camp is part of the Fairfield Senior Center's intergenerational programming.
Each cadet will receive a building and flying tool kit, four complete model kits and, instructions. Campers must have the physical dexterity to perform precise manual tasks and be self-sufficient. Fees are $175 all inclusive. The camp is limited to 15 cadets.
Payment for the camp must be made by check, payable to the Fairfield Senior Citizens Association, a nonprofit group that raises funds for the center. Checks can be mailed or dropped off by July 15 to the Fairfield Senior Center, 100 Mona Terrace, Fairfield, CT 06824. Call 203-256-3166 for more information.