Paul Kowal of Rochester Hills lost his radio-controlled helicopter Tuesday morning, and he's asking for the public's help to get it back.
Kowal describes the flying machine as a T-23 Thunderbird radio-controlled helicopter. It was about 18 inches long with multiple colors — "a lot of pink," he said.
He was flying the helicopter near the corner of Adams Road and Palm Aire Drive when he lost communication with it behind ; it was soaring northwest.
It was the chopper's maiden flight.
"My brother just returned from a monthlong trip to the Far East, and when they visited Hong Kong, he and his wife picked up this helicopter for me," Kowal said. "He trekked it in his luggage through Taiwan, Vietnam and Cambodia."
He gave it to Kowal on Monday night.
"It's a lot more important to me than just finding a radio-controlled helicopter carried off by a gust of wind," he said.
If you find the helicopter, call Kowal at 248-375-1087.