Schweiz, ZH, Dübendorf
Joined May 2011
Pictures about a huge Ju-52 and a huge F104
I do not know if anybody is interessted about what is going on in Europe. I often take pictures on airshows and write articles for a Swiss Model Magazine. But I am not a journalist.
So I am going to write about two airshow highlights, which are semicale:
Ju-52 with three “Moki” radial engines and corrugated aluminium sheets. The plane is controlled by a Weatronic radio system. It has a wing span of 6.09 m and a weight of 98 kg. It is scale 1: 4.8, because of the size of the Moki.
Link: http://www.telesys.ch/thumbnails.php?album=276 (the real Ju-52 still flies in Northern Germany)
At this airshow a real Ju-52 came flying across the air field. Only to see her little sister on the ground, then heading to the lovely lakes and mountains in central of Switzerland.
Four real Ju-52 planes are in Switzerland still flying. They do short tourist flights over the Swiss mountains. Our model plane field is on a closed army airbase. And the Ju’s are located on the other side of the airfield. We share with them the airspace. And they offer once in a year their hangar for our “second hand model fair”.
Link: http://www.telesys.ch/thumbnails.php?album=325 ( last Saturday was hangar model sale, so the four Ju-52' had to stay outside)
F 104 Starfighter (the version of the German Army)
This Starfighter is the number 3. Two models crashed before on German air shows. Reason. Radio interference on 35 MHz. The organizers were not able to observe frequencies, like it should be done on such events.
But also the real German F 104 had crashed in high numbers. So this is reality.
Number one took 6000 hours. It was built semiscale. It used real hydraulic systems to lift-up landing gear and gear doors. All parts were self developed and produced. Also may gear parts were reconstructed, made in wood, and then used to produce moulds. Many parts are made of Titanium alloy or Magnesium alloy. The one which was shown here uses now pneumatic systems to keep the weight low. About 3000 hours were used to build it.
http://www.telesys.ch/thumbnails.php?album=302 (F 104 on the airshow)
Data: Wing span 1.65 m; Length: 4.2 m, Weight: 20 kg; Scale 1:4: thrust 20 kg; Jet engine: Frank Germany with 20 kg thrust
I do not know, if anybody is interested about what is happening in Central of Europe ?
Here is a pic as a teaser:
Schweiz, ZH, Dübendorf
Joined May 2011
The Galloping Ghost
Probably it was a kind of fate. Two weeks before that air show, Jimmy Leeward lost his life in his famous Mustang “The Galloping Ghost” in a horrible plane crash in Reno.
Otto Widlroither is well known for his extraordinary display planes. For that he uses famous racing planes with a high powered fuel engine and a smoke generator:
Link: http://www.telesys.ch/thumbnails.php?album=200 (Turner W4X in 2010)
Otto was expected to show that plane a second time at the Hausen air show. Because it was written so in the published show program. But what a surprise, Otto came with his new Galloping Ghost model. And what a story he had:
Obviously he also had found an old mustang, which was disliked by his former owner. So Otto thought he could use it as test bench for a new engine, which was just ready as a prototype.
Johann Kolm, his friend, has also a degree in mechanical engineering. He is the owner of “Kolm engines”, which develops and manufactures excellent engines in Austria. Otto wanted to use that old Mustang just for doing a few flights with the new “Kolm engine”. But than he heard the story of the Galloping Ghost. And he decided to follow on the same track.
He reduced the wing span with a saw. Then he eliminated the boil off system and reduced the size of the mustang’s canopy. The fuselage got modified by using carbon reinforcement. To get it more solid. And there is now extra space to house the very powerful Kolm engine.
Link: http://www.telesys.ch/displayimage.php?album=316&pos=19 (engine without exhaust pipes to produce the real sound)
The model flies also flies very fast. A speed of 258 km/ was measured. But why can it impress spectators so much? It is its wonderful sound. Very close to the real Ghost.
You could hardy find a place where this noise level would be accepted. Except on air shows with there own background noise. It is such a roaring, wild tone. You are thinking you hear every piston going up and down. A vibrant staccato of different mechanical noises, which you can’t forget for the next day or weeks. Many spectators love it so much. And it is now a tribute to Jimmy Leeward and his Ghost.
Link: http://www.telesys.ch/thumbnails.php?album=296 (The Galloping Ghost)
On the pics you see Otto in black jacket and Johann in blue jacket.
Otto had already an exchange of mails with Jimmy. And as result of that he already got a date to visit Jimmy. But unfortunately this is now obsolete…. What remains is a wonderful show of an extraordinary model plane…
Wing span: 2.35 m; Weight 21.5 kg , the model is semiscale 1: 4.5.
Kolm engine: Straight engine; 3 cylinder / 4 stroke; 16 hp, 200 ccm cubic capacity;
The engine IL-200 is still a prototype, which needs further testing
What do you think of that story ?
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