Students from Liberty University, the Navy, Guilford Technical Community College and Averett University participated in the regional competition for the national intercollegiate flying association at Danville Regional Airport. With a variety of events between Wednesday and Saturday, students showcased their flying skills for judges with landing tests, flight simulators, written tests and Saturday morning’s bomb drops. In this event, teams of two — a pilot and a bomber — attempted to drop a homemade item out the window of their plane as close to a barrel as they could, all while making a pass at 200 feet above the ground. The top two or three teams will qualify for the national competition in May.
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Students examine their plane to ensure everything is properly in place before participating in the bomb drop — where they attempt to hit a target from 200 feet above ground with a small item that they drop out of the window.
The bomb — a homemade item with a ribbon attached to it — falls from the plane more than 200 feet above the ground.
After the bombs are dropped toward the orange bucket, judges measure the distance to determine which was the closest.
A pilot from Liberty University drives along the runway toward the takeoff zone.
After it performed its bomb drop, students from Averett push their plane out of the way.
The bomb – a homemade item with a ribbon attached to it – falls from the plane more than 200 feet above the ground.
After making their bomb drops, a team from Averett University comes in for their landing.