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Old Jun 11, 2001, 08:17 PM
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224 mph


In the pylon forum there was a mention of Thomas Pils getting his Verminator radared at 224 recently. Did anyone witness this or was somebody still asleep when they posted it. I would like to know actual speeds that are reachable
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Old Jun 11, 2001, 11:44 PM
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This was published in a few magazines at the time. I think it's a record.

Older direct-drive F5B model motor running a prop just for speed. They run geared now, but still scoot..
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Old Jun 12, 2001, 08:49 AM
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I'm not in a position to give you proof, but 224 mph isn't at all hard for me to believe, having seen lots of F5B planes. I can compare them to virtually any other type of R/C planes because I've seen them all, and I think that electric F5B planes, when set up for speed, are the fastest planes I've witnessed.

Its somewhat like watching a turbine, except that the F5B plane will accelerate much faster.

You won't really get a feel for how fast these planes are until you see one perform. And Andy is right: they aren't as fast during the F5B competitions now as they used to be, due to some rule changes. The competition itself is not as interesting as the demo flights that the pilots make before and after.

Jim
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Old Jun 13, 2001, 02:28 AM
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Not to be nit picky but it was 204mph average (up and down wind passes) through speed gates. I think it was a couple years ago. I was down there and witnessed the run. The newer style geared models are not as fast on the straights as the old direct drive systems. The newer models climb and accelerate a heck of a lot faster
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Old Jun 13, 2001, 02:39 AM
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Troy's right about the average... and I was there also. It was at the San Diego MWE '99. The number I gave was from the better of the two passes. I just about messed my pants watching that thing go. I would not want to be at the controls of a missle like that! And yes, the speed was measured after pulling to level from a long power-on dive.

I've yet to get my hands on anything faster than a 6-turn brushless 020 in a SkaT. One of these days I'll try a mild F5D type...

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Old Jun 13, 2001, 09:02 AM
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I was the timer at the far pylon at that event. This thing was coming right at me at 200 mph+ and running out of elevator and aileron authority (servos stalling due to aerodynamic loads). Scary to say the least.

[This message has been edited by Dr. Jet (edited 06-14-2001).]
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Old Jun 13, 2001, 09:47 AM
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Old Jun 13, 2001, 10:18 AM
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For any of you folks out there that haven't had the opportunity to see an F5B in action, I strongly recommend it at the first opportunity. They are very, very impressive.
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Old Jun 14, 2001, 09:20 AM
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TYPO ALERT!! Oops! Hey Andy, it was early in the morning and I did not proofread my post. Offending typo repaired.
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Old Jun 14, 2001, 09:22 AM
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P.S. Are you ever going to finish and fly those Fleas?
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Old Jun 15, 2001, 10:15 AM
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Yeah, how 'bout 'dem fleas ???
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Old Jun 16, 2001, 07:55 PM
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TYPO ALERT!! Oops! Hey Andy, it was early in the morning and I did not proofread my post. Offending typo repaired.
Hookt on foniks wurkt fer me
Now you know how it feels Dr. J he, he. See ya Sunday.

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