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June 13, 2013

Cleared for takeoff

Model jet enthusiasts to gather for annual Plum Island rally

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The rally is expected to attract around 400 spectators a day. They come from all over the East Coast, including New York, Pennsylvania and Canada. Fiorito and his fellow pilots enjoy visiting with the crowd, answering questions and showing them the tricks of the trade.

“It’s just a bunch of guys getting together to fly these airplanes,” Fiorito said. “We fly sometimes four to five airplanes at a time. They’re fast, they’re impressive, they do aerobatics. They have smoke systems on them. It’s fast, it’s loud, it’s great to watch. People love it.”

The models can sound like the real thing taking off, but Fiorito says the rally hasn’t received any noise complaints. In fact, most of the neighbors come out to watch.

If you go

What: Plum Island Jet Rally

When: Tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tomorrow’s event is for pilots only.

Where: Plum Island Airport, 24 Plum Island Turnpike, Newbury

How much: Free for spectators. $40 fee for pilots, benefits the Plum Island Aero Club.

More information: mfiorito@comcast.net

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