Wednesday, March 07, 2007

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?


At 9:47 AM, Blogger Emmanuel said...

really amazing video. On a somehwat related note: while I greatly enjoyed the Right Stuff as a movie I highly recommend the book which gives a lot more insight about what is the "Right Stuff"

At 10:40 AM, Anonymous Bill said...

You should really thank Hanns for the discovery, as he sent me the link.

At 10:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We want one! Just watched The Right Stuff 2 weeks ago for the first time-- fantastic (and hilarious) movie. Thanks Paul!


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