Friday, January 15, 2010

Got the new QST

Got the new QST today and while doing a quick perusal, I saw an article on "Ham Radio on the Flight Line". The article is about using Ham Radio frequencies to control model aircraft.

I immediately thought of this YouTube video which I saw on the SolderSmoke blog a few days ago. I showed this to the guy I work with and he was as amazed as I was. I am embedding it here so you can see it (those of you who didn't see it at SolderSmoke). It is worth watching (and posting here)!

Talk about talent and dedication to a hobby! My guess would be that this man worked in the avionics industry but maybe he's just a dedicated aircraft modeler. The thing that is obvious is his passion for detail and accuracy. There are times when this aircraft is flying that you think it's the real Blackbird. And I think this is the first model aircraft that I have ever seen that uses jet engines. From the audio, it sounds like the people in the background are speaking German - so this could have taken place in Germany, Switzerland or perhaps Austria.

73 de Larry W2LJ


Anonymous said...

They been making and manufacturing small jet engines for R/C for quite some time. Just takes someone with a lot of money, time and desire to build and operate one. I played with gas R/C airplanes a bit several years ago and they were being done then.

Jason - N6WBL

Larry W2LJ said...

Thanks, Jason! I never knew that. I didn't think that this SR-71A model was the first;but I've never seen them used before. The few people that I know who are into RC model planes all have prop versions.

Larry W2LJ