the right stuff
On October 14, 1947, a Bell X-1 piloted by Chuck Yeager was dropped from a modified B-29. After ignition of its rocket engine, the X-1 became the first aircraft to break the sound barrier. Yeager and the X-1 reached a speed of Mach 1.06.
As the above video shows, Mac Hodges is obviously a fan of The Right Stuff. He has constructed a 20-foot, 100 lb. B-29 radio-controlled replica that launches its own rocket-powered X-1. I don’t want to give away all the best parts, but when the B-29 appears to be in distress and stalls, pay close attention. Thanks to Bill for the great discovery.
Bonus link bonanza:
-Fly into the danger zone with this RC F-14 Tomcat
-See what happens to this 8 engine, 300 lb. $60,000 B-52. Sadly, it isn’t pretty
-Check out 240 mph, $15,000 RC jets doing acrobatics
-Watch this incredible flying exhibition conducted in a gymnasium
-Finally, defy the laws of physics with RC helicopters. How are those tricks possible?