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Jul 30, 2001, 11:30 AM
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Electrics that can outperform the SR-71?

AeroVironment is hoping to fly the Helios - a solar / electric plane - to an altitude of 100,000 feet next month. The SR-71s record is 85, 068 feet. Sure, the Helios is unmanned, and only cruises at about 25 mph, but it's still a pretty amazing accomplishment.
As an interesting side note, some folks from AeroVironment always show up at the Black Sheep electric fly-ins (next one is November 11 at the Sepulveda, CA R/C airfield) with their ultra cool small R/C electrics. A couple weeks ago they flew a scale P-47 that had about a 7" wingspan. Awesome!

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Jul 30, 2001, 11:47 AM
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Helios, Helios.......Hey, thats the one they want to replace satallites with isn't it? Man, I would LOVE to be able just to look at all the cool stuff they make.....

Jul 30, 2001, 06:06 PM
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I had the privilege of taking a tour of their facility on a job interview a couple of months ago. The only thing cooler than the stuff you see in the news from them is the stuff that doesn't make it into the news. What an amazing group of folks and airplanes.
Jul 30, 2001, 06:09 PM
Time wounds all heels.
"A couple weeks ago they flew a scale P-47 that had about a 7" wingspan. "



any more info? :0
Jul 30, 2001, 08:44 PM
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I have a friend who was an "extreme" test pilot at Edwards and flew a rocket powered F-4 to 100,000 ft. in the 1980's. He told me he shut down the rockets at 50,000 ft. and glided up the rest of the way. I'll have to go on his word. Also, I may be wrong about the type of plane.

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