Engineering students compete in the sky at Havelock camp

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Lead instructor Brett Pearce, right, of North Carolina State University, explains the performance of a team’s plane during an engineering camp.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 08:09 PM.

It was a fight to the death for the Barking Spider and the Mid-Atlantic Dirt Dart in the skies over Newport last week.

Five prototype fighters fought it out over the Crystal Coast R/C Club’s Myers Field in a unique challenge between 15 engineering students from various universities in six states.

In the end, the winner was undetermined as a vicious thunderstorm called a premature end to the competition.

One plane got snared by a tree and two others bit the dust in collisions with the ground, all to the hoots and hollers of everyone involved.

The Friday event was part of the Student Engineering Aircraft Readiness Workshop Remote Control Fly-Off. It was a peripheral program that allowed the students to exercise some of the knowledge they had learned in the course of a one-week program that included trips to Fleet Readiness Center East at Cherry Point and to aircraft simulators at New River.

Mechanical and aerospace engineering students from 11 universities, professors from North Carolina State University and Central Connecticut State University, along with engineers and active-duty military personnel joined together for the event that was based at the Havelock campus of Craven Community College.

The N.C. Space Grant Consortium and the Connecticut Space Grant Consortium teamed up with N.C. State Engineering and the In Service Support Center at Cherry Point for the program aimed at breeding new engineers.

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