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Old Sep 22, 2012, 06:45 AM
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"Gas bags" are/were the very lightly loaded, thick-airfoiled sailplanes typical of the early '90's and before. They are noted for being able to thermal like a dandelion seed (or a helium balloon, hence the name "gasbag floater", or "gasbag"), but also having the penetration of a dandelion seed.

When Joe and I first started working on what would become our "Monarch" RCHLG (the direct ancestor of our "Chrysalis" series kits), back in 1992, our design goal was to show that you could have a model that could float as well as a "gasbag", but still range and penetrate. Most folks would agree that we succeeded. Contrary to what was the accepted "common knowledge" back then, you do not have to give up low speed performance to get good high speed performance.
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