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Old Mar 22, 2008, 07:31 PM
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RC X-15, nasa space shuttel, bumble bee II, Antonov An-225.


are there any of the RCs from above sold online? i chose these 4 because the real ones all hold world records for fastest plane, largest plane, smallest and slowest plane, and a non plane that can clear earths atmosophere, not that thats a world record, its just cool.
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Old Mar 22, 2008, 10:40 PM
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I don't know of any commercially available models of any of the above..

But I do know that the A-380 isn't the worlds largest airplane..



Old Mar 23, 2008, 11:13 AM
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Great goggly moggly that Antonov is a big plane...
Old Mar 23, 2008, 11:51 AM
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Yeh, I saw it in Memphis one day.. Joker is huggggeee...
Old Mar 23, 2008, 12:02 PM
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I was living in Seattle at the time the U.S.S.R. was breaking up and pieces of it were rapidly disappearing, and knew some Russian émigrées who knew people who were SERIOUSLY trying to smuggle one of those puppies out of their ex-homeland and sell it (they'd have needed a BIG plastic bag....).
Old Mar 23, 2008, 10:06 PM
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That should do it, oops
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They mothballed the only one they finished back in the 90's and then put it back in the air for service hauling big stuff to Iraq. One flight shipped 216,000 MRE's weighing nearly 400,000 lbs on 375 pallets, with lots of room to spare. They say it also hauled locomotives! Supposedly there is a second airframe never finished that is now being completed for additional heavy hauling contract work. One big mosquito. Interesting the downward angle of the wings, I wonder if they have to have inverted dihedral to get it to turn with 1.4million pounds of inertia.
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Old Mar 24, 2008, 10:13 AM
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The 225 was built to transport the Buran shuttle. I saw it at the Paris Air Show in '89. With the Buran attached it was the world's biggest biplane.
Old Mar 24, 2008, 10:30 AM
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Here's an An124 swallowing a locomotive from the EMD plant in London, Ontario:



It's not the Mriya, which is about 20% larger, but still a durned big airplane.
Old Mar 24, 2008, 10:36 AM
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It's a shame that shuttle never made it to space - from what I understand it is twice the size of our shuttle (although a blatant copy!)

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Old Mar 24, 2008, 10:39 AM
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It made it to space. One flight, unmanned. Then the program was dismantled.
Old Mar 24, 2008, 10:44 AM
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It made it to space. One flight, unmanned. Then the program was dismantled.
I'm such a dolt!





Cool shot:

Old Mar 24, 2008, 10:45 AM
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I don't know of any commercially available models of any of the above..

But I do know that the A-380 isn't the worlds largest airplane..
...buuuuuuuuuuut.... the Mriya's only the largest by weight, the largest by wingspan is the good 'ol Hercules H-4, the spruce goose...






...I have seen the Mriya in person, and it's astounding.
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Old Mar 24, 2008, 10:53 AM
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are there any of the RCs from above sold online? i chose these 4 because the real ones all hold world records for fastest plane, largest plane, smallest and slowest plane, and a non plane that can clear earths atmosophere, not that thats a world record, its just cool.

fastest plane: the X-15 is the fastest plane to move a human, the SR-71 was the fastest air breather (X15 was a rocket like the Bell X-1)

largest plane: see the fight between the Mriya and the spruce goose above

smallest: the bumble bee II... http://members.cox.net/robinstarr/bbbio.gif ...or if you want something more generally available, the Cri-Cri is pretty spiffy, and there are RC kits for it

slowest: would be some ugly ultra-light utility beast. Slepcev Storch can get off the ground at 20mph... http://www.slepcevstorch.com ...and you can get storch RC kits.
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It's a shame that shuttle never made it to space - from what I understand it is twice the size of our shuttle (although a blatant copy!)

Cheers,
Steve
Definitely a blatant copy, but appears to be about the same size:
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largest plane: see the fight between the Mriya and the spruce goose above
From the Aerospaceweb discussion of "largest" aircraft:

"While this dimension is often used to compare overall size, it is generally not the most accepted measure. Aircraft are usually ranked by weight, the maximum takeoff weight in particular."

So the Spruce Goose has the largest wingspan of any plane built, but, it's shorter, lighter and fewer (once) and lower-flying (70') than the Mriya.


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