Charles WatsonAug 11, 2017, 9:07 pmAug 12, 2017, 8:10 am

Model airplane club grounded due to presidential no-fly zone near Bedminster

‘Broken Props’ was set to take flight at the Somerset County Fair


BRIDGEWATER — The Somerset County Fair could be considered as the main event for members of the "Broken Props Model Airplane Club." But club members are disappointed because they are in a presidential no-fly zone near Bedminster, where President Trump is vacationing.

"Broken Props," which is a branch of youth development organization "4-H," works year-around teaching kids how to build and learn to fly model planes.

The fair is the culmination of all of their hard work. The club sets their tent up and invites fair goers to watch their model planes fly.

This year, the 52-year-old club, has been grounded for the duration of the entire fair by the Federal Aviation Administration because it's only about four miles from Trump National Golf Club and the president is in residence.

So instead the club has been confined to their tent. But members are making the best of the situation. They've set up a number of model planes for visitors to check out and have dedicated much of their time to repairing their broken models and educating people about them.

The broken props model airplane club may not be able to get their planes up in the sky while the president is vacationing at his golf club here in Somerset County, but leaders say their planes will once again fly high in the sky as soon as the president heads back to Washington D.C.

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