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August 04, 2007

"extreme" model airplanes in the Romanian salt mines [Purple Avenger]

When people think model airplanes and they think outside stuff, or a display model on a shelf. There is however something else...

Airplanes flown indoors...

Deep inside the salt mines of Romania...

Airplanes powered by a rubber band weighing only .6 gram...

That fly for a half hour...

Airplanes that weigh only a couple of grams at most...

Airplanes so fragile that you would destroy them if you walked by one in flight...


Enter the fascinating and little known world of the people who fly the FAI F1D models.

At the pinnacle of current indoor free flight events is the F1D rubber powered airplanes which currently are flying for over thirty minutes on a tiny loop of rubber weighing not more than 6/10 gram and a wingspan of 55 centimeters. Yet as delicate as these planes are, not long ago F1D allowed a 65 centimeter wingspan and minimum weight of just 1 gram, the weight of a dollar bill. One reason F1D was changed to smaller, heavier planes with a motor restriction; was that flight times approaching one hour were possible with larger planes. Getting in six contest flights could take a very long time...

OK, my veracity has been challenged and a video of an F1D demanded, so here it is:

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posted by xgenghisx at 02:58 PM

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