Originally Published: July 28, 2004 7 a.m.
PRESCOTT – Swooping, swirling and gliding, more than 30 miniature aircraft took flight Friday during day one of the competition at the Great American Aero Derby (GAAD), for what GAAD co-founder Luke Bausch said provided "old-fashioned fun" for the young competitors.
People ages 11 to 18 came from around the world to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) with their gliders during Friday's contest, and would go on Saturday to compete with rubber band-powered planes. The two-day contest wrapped up the weeklong Aircraft Construction and Flight Testing Camp at the school, which ERAU and AeroRacers, Inc. sponsored.
Some of the competitors attended the camp, and some attended just the competition.