Published: Mar 21, 2011 8:46 PM EDT
Updated: Mar 21, 2011 5:50 PM EDT

CAPE CORAL, Fla.  -- The Cape Coral R-Seahawks were flying high Sunday. It was all part of the annual show at Seahawk Park. Between 50 and 75 pilots took part in flying their radio controlled aircrafts in the sky.

They call it the annual "Gathering of the Giants." It's no normal taxi and takeoff. It's a show that has eyes to the sky. "Its a gathering of the giant airplanes. they have to be 80-inch wing spans or better," said Ed Gamils, president of the R-Seahawks.

For the 17th year, thousands of radio controlled airplane enthusiasts flocked to Cape Coral to see dives and falls from replicas ranging from World War I planes to a B-29 bomber with a 22-foot wing span.

"Show them our hobby and how much fun it is, I think that is pretty much what its all about," said Gamils.

Those who have a love of aviation found happiness taking their creations sky high.

The R-Seahawks have 340 members and 60 percent of them are snowbirds. Its an air show that happens once a year, but for those that have a love of flying, its become a lifetime hobby.

At 78, Jerry McMillin has been building models for 70 years. A former pilot and mechanic, he said enjoys the added pleasures of competition and travel. "Even if you don't win first place, its still a great experience meeting other people who have the same interest that you do," said McMillin.

An estimated 4,000 people enjoyed this year's airshow and many headed home after the final show, all over the country.

"They come, they stay, they enjoy themselves and have a wonderful time and then they get in their automobiles and RVs and they go home," said Gamils.