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Cedar, Leelanau County, Michigan (near Traverse City), United States
I am a 76 year old (born 7/4/1937) retired Public Radio Engineer from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. Happily married to the love of my life, Teddy (nee Teddy Schlueter). Teddy is a retired Medical Records Clerk from Theda Clark Hospital in Neenah, Wisconsin. Two children, Michael and Lon. Lon passed away in 1994. Michael is married to his wonderful wife, Toni and lives in Appleton, Wisconsin. For photos click on link below or visit our photo site http://www.flickr.com/photos/igboo NOTE: Click on photos for full-size images.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

RC Airplanes

One of the guys here in the park (Jerry Brown from Bronson, Michigan) is a RC airplane hobbyist. The local RC club have built a mini airport complete with paved runways etc. They can be out there flying almost any day when there isn’t too much wind. The other day they had an air show and I went out to watch them fly. The planes are built to various scale ratios to the real plane that they are patterned after. Jerry’s is scaled to 35% and has an 8 1/2 foot wingspan and has a 10 hp motor.
Jerry's Plane

It is not a hobby for the faint of heart as they can cost up to $40,000 so a crash can be quite costly. In addition to the prop driven models there were some jet engine models. Jerry said that this jet was probably worth about $10,000. It uses regular “JP4” fuel, develops about 35 lbs of thrust and can go up to 200 mph.

The guy with the jets was from out of town and must have deep pockets indeed, as this is the trailer that he hauls his planes around with. He was an excellent flyer and put on quite a show.

The flyers can do amazing acrobatics with them.

Because you have no reference of distance against the sky, you could easily mistake them for real planes; especially the jets which were almost impossible to photograph as they go so fast.

There were some of these less expensive battery powered "electrics". The strange thing about them is that they make no sound and seem to just float in the air.

1 comment:

helen said...

It is fantastic model.Flaying RC Plane as a hobby has been growing worldwide. The hobby of RC Airplanes is an interesting one that has lots of options and opportunities. One of the best things about the hobby of model airplanes is the wide variety of styles and models that are available.