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Valley of the Giants air show returns to Westport

Tony Bonanno operates his model aircraft during the second annual Valley of the Giants Air show in Westport, which was held from June 29 through July 1.

Tony Bonanno operates his model aircraft during the second annual Valley of the Giants Air show in Westport, which was held from June 29 through July 1. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— For the second year, model airplane enthusiasts from across the northeast made their way to Westport and the Valley of the Giants.

The airshow by that title was held starting Friday, June 29, and concluded Sunday, July 1, with more than 50 model airplane pilots bringing their creations to the town’s airfield.

“This brings people from all over New England together to fly and teach others about what they do,” Eric Williams, Vice President of the AMA, a governing body for model aircrafts, said. “This is where the love for aeronautics starts. Most of these guys are also pilots, and a lot of the people who fly commercial or in the military got their start and their passion for planes from models.”

Tony Bonanno of Mahwah, New Jersey brought several planes, including a jet-propelled model, to the show.

“The jet can go pretty fast, so you always have to keep your eye on it when flying or it will be gone,” Bonanno said.

Bonanno started to take up the hobby of model airplane flying later in life, he said, and enjoys traveling across the northeast to attend shows and put his flying skills on display.

“We are all aviation buffs,” he said. “The love of flying and the challenges of flying and learning how to maneuver the plane in different ways is what keeps me coming back.”

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