Model Plane Makes It Across The Atlantic
from the interesting-hobbies dept
I guess everyone needs a hobby, and for some folks, it’s been an attempt to build a model airplane that would fly all the way across the Atlantic Ocean. They’re now claiming they’ve done so successfully. The flight took 38 hours, traveling 1,888 miles, mostly on autopilot. The folks that built it thought that it had enough fuel for 37 hours, but were surprise to find a few drops left when it landed past the 38th hour.
Comments on “Model Plane Makes It Across The Atlantic”
This is so yesterday.
BTW, when do we get a new poll ?
So you're telling me ...
…. that some model airplane (presumeably remotely controlled by radio by someone in a boat???) went 49.68 miles per hour in a headwind across the Atlantic.
Dude, you may not have been born yesterday, but you probably did just fall off a turnip truck.
Re: So you're telling me ...
flying from Canada to Ireland i believe the plane would have had tailwind across the atlantic. plus it wasn’t controlled by radio till it was about to land, it was all GPS navigation. Way to read the story first 😀
Could a model plane made in, say, North Korea or Iran put a spray bottle full of germs in the plane and …?
Sure. Of course, you gotta remember that this was the 5th plane to try in this attempt (the other four all went less than 1/3 of the entire route)….and that this wasn’t the first attempt. So as long as you’re willing to having 9 premature “bombings” in your homeland and in countries near-by… 🙂
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It will take trial and error. But once the technology is perfected, what prevents a rogue nation or terrorist from flying a hundred planes over a crowded stadium in a big city?
Hey, kids, let’s not get paranoid now. This was a MODEL AIRPLANE, not a UAV. The technology already exists for UAVs to deliver payloads to target locations (wanna work for Boeing?), but even so, it’s much too technical for terrorists. There are MUCH easier ways to deliver greater terrorist threats than to load something on a tiny airplane and send it off. Besides, it’s more fun for them to fly planes into building, themselves, so they can die and be with 70 virgins in the land of Allah.
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