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September 10, 2007

2.5cc, 36,000rpm, 1-blade prop = 208mph

Amazing video downloadable at this web site. The pics of the small airplane that set this FAI speed record are interesting too. Totally asymetric sidewinder, tuned pipe.

The video is totally wild. The engine splutters around for a few laps and the dude is whipping the plane to get it moving -- then the motor comes "on the pipe" and all freaking hell breaks loose and the dude is hustling like a gopher on crack.

On Saturday 13 October 2001 at Fairmile Common near Cobham in Surrey, UK, Paul Eisner made an attempt on his existing World Record for Control Line Speed (1.0 to 2.5cc) which he had held at just over 194 mph since 1987. In unseasonably warm conditions (24C) the best run of the afternoon registered a provisional speed of 208.28 mph. This beats his existing record by the considerable margin of around 14 mph. The model is powered by an Irvine 15 "special" and uses a single-blade carbon fibre prop - as is usual with models of this type...
UPDATE: more geek-tech below the fold


Jet powered go-carts. Oh yea. Oh yea baby. Mmmmm.

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posted by Purp at 10:26 PM

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