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High-flying fun in Fayette
by Zach Smith | zsmith@ruralmissouri.coop

renewed, reached out to the event's organizer, Flite Test.
John wanted to get into the model airplane business and
called to get pricing on foam board; company founder and
n between the laser cutters and dozens of models lining
president Josh Bixler had a different partnership in mind.
John Overstreet's shop in Fayette, you'll find his first jet
	 Since 2010, Flite Test has served as a global ambassador
fighter. It's detailed in pen and paint, fits in your palm
to the hobby of building and flying RC aircraft. In addition
and will fly about as far as the other side of the room.
to hosting flying events at Edgewater Airpark in Ohio and
It's framed behind glass like any memento, a reminder that
designing and selling RC planes and drones, the company
sky-high dreams often have humble origins and sometimes
has built a community around its YouTube channel. Nearly
even come true.
2 million subscribers
	 " ‚ÄČ'Top Gun' had been
regularly tune in to catch
out for a long time and
the Flite Test Tech videos
I always loved F-14s, "
on builds of new models,
John says of the paper
or to see what whimsiairplane. " I always had
kits in mind but never
cal project the crew is
got it off the ground, so
able to put into the sky.
to speak. "
" Star Wars " spaceships,
	 John's childhood
bomb-dropping Stukas
dreams of designing
and even an 18-foot foam
and marketing aircraft
board battleship are just
finally took to the skies
the tip of the airborne
in 2018. He and son,
iceberg.
Jesse, attended Flite
In between the tips,
Fest in the small town
tricks and spectacular
of Minerva, Ohio with
crashes, viewers find that
the intention of flying
laughing when things go
Jesse's drone. Soon
wrong is just as importhe duo found themtant to the hobby as
celebrating when things
selves caught up in the
go right. Josh and John
fever of building foam
know it's part of the
board radio-controlled
process of learning to fly:
(RC) planes with the
The rewards of a wellother attendees. Three
executed barrel roll and
months later, both
a perfect landing don't
were still captivated by
mean quite as much
the hobby. John, his
Fathers and sons keep the Flite Test engines running. From left: Founder Josh Bixler, pilots without all of the wrecks
passion for designing
and videographers Noah Bixler and Jesse Overstreet, and designer John Overstreet.
it took to get there.
and building airplanes

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