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 Post subject: Spruce Goose
PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 11:12 pm 
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I hope those of you who've attended the Emory's 'campout' got a chance to see the Spruce Goose at the air museum.
It never did 'fly', except the 20' lift-off Hughes did when he wasn't supposed to, but if the performance of an exact model is any indication, it would have done fine:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VgJkfPWyH_E
I've never flown an RC aircraft, but I've seen quite a few. This guy 'slicks' a couple of those landings, compared to most I've seen.

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 Post subject: Re: Spruce Goose
PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2017 9:17 am 
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Great video. Thanks Ron

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 Post subject: Re: Spruce Goose
PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2017 1:10 pm 
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Way cool!

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 Post subject: Re: Spruce Goose
PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2017 11:09 pm 
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test was 70 feet for one mile but never classed as a test flight.

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 Post subject: Re: Spruce Goose
PostPosted: Wed Apr 12, 2017 12:28 am 
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It looks enormous and graceful even as a 1/20 scale model.

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 Post subject: Re: Spruce Goose
PostPosted: Wed Apr 12, 2017 11:18 pm 
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Very cool! Hate to say it, but electric motors sure do make it easier.


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 Post subject: Re: Spruce Goose
PostPosted: Thu Apr 13, 2017 9:34 am 
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Nice video, it shows the magic and beauty of flight even though the "Goose" was extremely large and ungainly.
I'm always amazed at some of the work that goes into recreating something like this.
One thought came to mind while watching the video; While today we're in a time when fossil fuel, especially petroleum based, is under attack for its role in global warming, it occurred to me that without the internal combustion engine and the jet engine, manned flight would never have achieved the level it has to serve mankind. The high level of energy to weight provided by petroleum based fuel basically allowed the development of the modern aircraft!
You don't see many steam powered aircraft do you? and even the attempt to use atomic energy was a failure. Only recently a solar powered aircraft has been viable but certainly not practical.
Yep, every time you look up and see an airplane flying overhead give a nod of gratitude to the petroleum industry and its role in aviation.


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