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10-08-2012 04:31 PM  5 years agoPost 1
darkfa8

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There was a show on Discovery last night where a group of scientists organized a crash test of a Boeing 727 in the Mexican desert.

Aside from all of the technical points that they were analyzing, I thought it was incredibly cool that they used a Futaba 8FG radio to control the airplane after the pilots had bailed out 3 minutes prior to crashing. The radio control pilot controlled the 727 from a Cessna chase plane.

I was really surprised to see a multi-million dollar scientific test being left in hands of a hobby-grade radio control system. My fiance' thought it was pretty cool to see them using the same radio system that I use to control my little models.

Makes me feel good to have the 8GH.

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10-08-2012 04:34 PM  5 years agoPost 2
cudaboy_71

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just proves that if you wanna crash, better get a Futaba.

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well, you knew someone was gonna

there was a very good AMA with the pilot on reddit yesterday.

http://goo.gl/2tHJ9

if it ain't broke, break it.

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10-08-2012 04:35 PM  5 years agoPost 3
FireNWater

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Imagine the parts order to repair THAT!!
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10-08-2012 04:38 PM  5 years agoPost 4
darkfa8

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Yes, well, they were worried that if they lost radio control of the airplane that it had enough fuel to carry it far enough to crash into a highly populated area.

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10-08-2012 04:40 PM  5 years agoPost 5
NC_2_VA

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just proves that if you wanna crash, better get a Futaba.
LOL, i like that.

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10-08-2012 05:19 PM  5 years agoPost 6
Buzzin Brian

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It was a very cool show to watch. But for all of the effort I think they missed the mark just slightly. And of course that is MY opinion. But if you ask me I think the results would have been at the very least slightly different if every seat was full, the overhead bins were packed like the always are, and the cargo hold was filled to capacity. Of the last 10 flights I have taken, all of them were pretty much to capacity. Which would add a large amount of weight and bulk to the plane. I am not saying it wasn't cool, or that they didn't learn what I am sure is a ton of things from the experiment. I just think it would have gone down just a little differently if the flight were played out more realistically that's all.

Brian

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10-08-2012 05:23 PM  5 years agoPost 7
ThumbBumper

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slightly different if every seat was full,
Do I see the makings of a lawyer/politician joke here

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10-08-2012 05:32 PM  5 years agoPost 8
Riq

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I also think there was a lot left on the table.
First, not having a capable chase plane....come on. My wife kept saying, "our turbo mooney goes that fast, right?" I would have volunteered, and had speed to spare.
Then the r/c system had to be within 50yds...what was that...
THEN he landed/crashed way short.....Maybe due to lower airspeed on approach with the 337, but come on, this should have been manageable.

I enjoyed it, but from a scientific perspective, it lacked a lot. Maybe it was edited for dramatic effect.

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10-08-2012 06:18 PM  5 years agoPost 9
jgunpilot

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The whole thing was very loosely organized and half thought out, but I put that on the "scientists" who organized the event. Their trigger for data collection was laughable, why not just have the pilot flip a switch on his way out? The chase plane's incompatibility was obvious, but the fact that their turbine chase plane lost a fuel pump on startup means they sat there for two days due to weather and didn't even do a "just in case" run up. Also, it would have been pretty easy to put an external antenna on the plane to give at least a mile range. Not to mention they only had a one day buffer before the Mexican government wanted them shut down, why not negotiate in a weather delay buffer?

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10-08-2012 08:47 PM  5 years agoPost 10
helibeli

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You should've seen the size of the servos!

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10-08-2012 08:51 PM  5 years agoPost 11
Buzzin Brian

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I am sure they could have bought themselves some more time. I think $1000 would have done it!

JUST KIDDING!!!!!

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10-08-2012 09:09 PM  5 years agoPost 12
BobOD

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Imagine the parts order to repair THAT!
hobby king is licking their chops right now. LOL

All I know is if I see red and purple anodized CNC bits on the cockpit controls, I'm getting off the plane.

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10-09-2012 12:07 AM  5 years agoPost 13
Noobyflyer

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First, not having a capable chase plane....come on. My wife kept saying, "our turbo mooney goes that fast, right?" I would have volunteered, and had speed to spare.
How ironic! My wife and I had the same converstation on our couch. I kept saying "Not even a capable chase plane" and she was all "I know, our Gulf Stream puts it shame."

Then I turned to my roll of hundreds and wiped my rump with a wad.

I can totally relate.

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10-09-2012 12:27 AM  5 years agoPost 14
JJMAN (RIP)

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With all the supposed experts with their PHD's and all the money and time spent, you would think they would of maybe asked an RC enthusiast for a little input. For a couple of hundred bucks they could of at least had some real time telemetry. I cant believe they didnt even know to install the receiver antenna on the exterior of the airplane.

The amount of wiring and overhead bins laying about was eye opening. Guess whatever is over your head, plan on it all falling and hampering the aircraft exit. That is if you survive the 12g impact and the fire, not to mention the flying landing gear.

But hey, it was pretty neat and it kinda worked out.

JAY HIGGS

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10-09-2012 01:06 AM  5 years agoPost 15
MartyH

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When I saw them using a hobby quality transmitter to fly a 727, it became clear why they did this in Mexico. I'm not going to tear it apart. They did something the manufacturer's and governments have not and I found it very interesting.

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10-09-2012 02:05 AM  5 years agoPost 16
GetToDaChopper

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just proves that if you wanna crash, better get a Futaba.
Of corse as you would NEVER want to try to control something that big with spectrum gear as you would never make it as far as the crash.......

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10-09-2012 03:46 AM  5 years agoPost 17
BobOD

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I wonder what they used to power the rx and servos.
A 2s lipo and regulator or a 2s life?

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10-09-2012 03:53 AM  5 years agoPost 18
kirk

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I thought it was crazy that at least one engine was still running after the crash??

Proud to have over 13 pages of Good Guy feedback.

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10-10-2012 12:24 AM  5 years agoPost 19
helidevil

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+1 for a better chase plane/back up plan.

also 50 meter futaba range!? i called BS the instant i heard that...

kirk, i also found that funny, its amazing how it kept running and didnt shut down when the nose was sheered off

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10-10-2012 12:40 AM  5 years agoPost 20
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""just proves that if you wanna crash, better get a Futaba""

Baa-zing-gaa LOL

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