CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Mike Spencer's bookshelves are cluttered with 50 trophies he's won while flying his model airplanes and helicopters.
Spencer, president of the Flying Hillbillies club, has flown large radio-controlled planes since 1976.
In the Kanawha Valley, he's not alone in his passion for the hobby.
On Oct. 6, Spencer and about 40 other members of the radio-controlled model airplane club in Putnam County will show off their flying skills during the group's air show.
Proceeds from the show and sponsors will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. The organization provides tangible, practical support for wounded troops who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
At least three aircraft will be flying in the sky at one time during the show, which is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Flying Hillbillies' airfield. The airfield is two miles south of Winfield High School on W.Va. 817 and the entrance is five miles north of the St. Albans exit of Interstate 64.
Although not all the Flying Hillbillies' 75 members can make the show, Spencer expects the entertainment to be sky-high.
"We try to have [only] short periods when there's no airplanes in the air. There are several things going on at the same time and the big planes are doing something special," Spencer said. "We have a break for an hour or so and that's when people can do the 'buddy-box' system and they really enjoy that."
In between demonstration flights -- which feature large-scale aerobatic planes, fun-fly planes, helicopters, jets, gliders and racers -- anyone who wants to fly gets a chance to try with help from a trainer.
Flying Hillbillies instructor pilots work with inexperienced "student pilots" and let them get their hands on a transmitter, Spencer said.
Computer flight simulators that give a realistic sense of flying will be set up so guests at the air show can practice before taking control of a model aircraft.