Watch as Terry Wiles operates a BH Extra 260 aircraft at Hoge Field northwest of Bismarck on Thursday morning. Model airplanes from around the region are gathering for the Bismarck Aircraft Modelers annual event called The Big Thaw. Bruce Pennington, an event organizer, said up to 200 aircraft of all kinds including some jet turbine powered will be in the sky above Hoge Island from “sun up to sundown” on Friday and Saturday.