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Tuesday
Mar162010

36,000 RPM, 1 Blade Prop And 208+MPH Control Line Model Airplane!

 If you're like me, you flew some control-line model airplanes as a kid, but they were probably nothing at all like this little screamer!  The video is actually from 2001 as the World Record in the 1.0-2.5cc class was being set by this airplane.  It looks like this record is still standing yet today.

 If you aren't familiar with control-line models built for super speed, you'll wanna notice some very unique features here.  On this airplane, the wing is only on the left side and the horizontal tail is only on the right side.  This model is also unusual in that the prop has only one blade! Here's a pic of the prop on a website with more details about this model.

 The engine cranks out about 36,000 rpm as the model literally screams its way to a world record speed of 208.28 mph!  You won't believe it til you see it.  It's crazy-cool to see just how fast that thing makes a complete circuit.  You might get dizzy just watching it : )

 

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Impressive. I remember when I was a kid (maybe 10ish) one summer I got a control line airplane. The line was only about 6' long, and it ran on 2 C batteries. I went through 2 sets the first day I had it, and the line broke (not from abuse, just from everything being cheap plastic). It went back to Wal-Mart the next day (a 45 minute drive from their farm, but it upset me enough we went back anyway) only for there to be no more to exchange it for. I never got another, and haven't flown one since.

This video reminded me of how insanely dizzy I made myself in the name of aviating back in the day. Very interesting the "compromises" they were able to make yet still have a flyable craft - simply because all it had to do was go in a circle. I suppose that does call for radically different designs than going straight.

March 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAdam Fast

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