Flying Model Planes

“I love to fly,” says Leroy Benjamin of being out in the field with his model planes. After 24 years as a hobbyist, he says his apartment as like an aviation museum, with planes on racks and closets full of airplane parts. Leroy comes to the Apollo XI Model Aircraft field at Lake Balboa in Van Nuys, CA as often as he can. It’s the home of the San Fernando Valley Flyers, and for Leroy, the miniature airstrip is a community as well as his “fortress of solitude.”

Produced by Eric Drachman