GIANT 1:6 scale Radio Controlled (RC) Lockheed SUPER CONSTELLATION TWA 'Star of America' AIRLINER

Posted by  $  nickursis 4 months, 3 weeks ago to Video
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This really cool, 1:6 Lockheed Constellation flying....
SOURCE URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uf1qow37MDY


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  • Posted by Herb7734 4 months, 3 weeks ago
    I used to have to drive from San Diego to L.A. for business fairly regularly It was only around 100 miles to our destination but because of traffic it took 4 or 5 hours to get there. My son and I used to make up funny stories or limiricks or stupid poetry that we'd record on the trip to keep us sane. I was digging around my memorabelia box when I came across a tape of one of those trips. Here is the only viable result, a limirick that's also a pun.
    There was a young lady from kaeser
    Who was of enormous size, sir
    She drank gallons of beer
    And then tried to steer
    She was very much sadder, Budweiser.
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  • Posted by term2 4 months, 3 weeks ago
    Amazing how the human mind went from watching birds fly to flying in a giant A380 with 500 souls on board. Pretty amazing that we make model aircraft that we can fly with the wiggle of a stick
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  • Posted by  $  dukem 4 months, 3 weeks ago
    I flew as a passenger in these many times on secondary routes in the early sixties. Breathtakingly comfortable since we weren't crammed in like sardines in coach class where I flew then, as I do now. Slower, but the trip was better.
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  • Posted by Herb7734 4 months, 3 weeks ago
    I actually flew on one of those only full sized. Compared to todays airliners, There was no coach class. just two seats on either side of the carpeted aisle. Food was actually prepared on board. The seats were what we today call first class. It was a real pleasure to fly from Detroit to Miami on such an aircraft.Sure it took an hour or so longer, but who cared? It was much better than today where you're just another egg in the crate.
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    • Posted by term2 4 months, 3 weeks ago
      Of course fares were about $300 usd round trip in the mid 60’s. Fares are much the same now in depreciated dollar terms. The dollar today has lost 90% of its value since then. If fares were an average of $3000 coast to coast , the trips would be a lot more pleasant now
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  • Posted by BCRinFremont 4 months, 3 weeks ago
    Why is it so difficult to get the engine started?
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    • Posted by  $  4 months, 3 weeks ago
      They are little (well 80 CC isn't "little", but realative term) 2 cycle engines. I had the small one in a plane we had when I was 6 or 7 in Kalifornia, and you did the same thing, you had a battery (which may be what they were fiddling with in the wheel wells), heat a glow plug, and once started (after several attempts just like that) the heat of the engine would keep it going, almost like a diesel.We usually flew it on a line in a circle till it ran out of gas, about 10 minutes. It was cool as it was held together with rubber bands so we crashed it and then just put it back together.
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  • Posted by Lucky 4 months, 3 weeks ago
    The Lockheed Constellation, if I recall correctly that was the plane used by
    Icelandic Airlines to give very cheap fares across the Atlantic back in 1960?

    Getting those little model aircraft motors to fire, I remember well. Nose wheel steering, good.
    Watching the propeller blades stop was disconcerting, probably an artifact of the frame speed of the camera.
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    • Posted by  $  4 months, 3 weeks ago
      There is a good you tube video on the history of it, but it was a project of Lockheed in the laste war years as a large fast transport, which they converted to passenger use at the end of the war. From the late 40's to the late 50's, when the 707 and DC8 came along, it was the premier plane to fly. There are only a couple left in flying condition, but probably the most beautiful, graceful plane ever.
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