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Model aviators land in desert west of town for Tucson Aerobatic Shootout
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Spectators watch and photograph planes as they perform in the skies above.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Photographers and fellow competitors try to capture model airplanes during their freestyle routines during last weekend's competition held at Tucson's International Modelplex Park.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, After virtually hovering above the ground for a few seconds, this pilot sent his aircraft skyward, leaving a trail of smoke behind.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Contestants turn on their smoke trail while performing aerobatic maneuvers Sunday at the Tucson International Modelplex Park.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Competitors and teammates all pitch in and donate parts to help a fellow competitor repair his plane after a crash Sunday at the Tucson Aerobatic Shootout.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Pilot Carlos Vargas performs an acrobatic stunt during the freestyle portion of the competition while his team member watches. Model airplane pilots from around the world competed for $100,000 in prizes during the four-day event.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Model aviator Kurt Koelling runs through some routine maintenance after a trial flight at Tucson International Modelplex Park on Tucson's west side. Koelling was one of many competitors at the Tucson Aerobatic Shootout held last weekend.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Frazer Briggs (left) and his brother Mike Briggs execute a gravity-defying stunt last Sunday at the Tucson Aerobatic Shootout held in Avra Valley.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Slow and low flight maneuvers were many of the spectacular sites during the Tucson Aerobatic Shootout.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Husband-and-wife team Pride and Elissa Grimm, from High Pointe, N.C., ready their plane for flight prior to the Tucson Aerobatic Shootout.