- Title: BELGIUM: RECORD SET FOR FLYING THE LARGEST REMOTE-CONTROLLED MODEL AIRCRAFT
- Date: 3rd June 1998
- Summary: MOORSELE, BELGIUM JUNE 2, 1998 (RTV) 1. SLV PLANE-MAKERS BART, IGNACE AND PIETER PUTTING PARTS OF PLANE TOGETHER (12 SHOTS) 1.24 2. SLV ASSEMBLED PLANE / SLV SPECTATORS / PLANE ON GRASS OUTSIDE HANGAR / MAN TURNING PROPELLOR WHICH ROTATES/ SLV PLANE TAKES OFF / PLANE BEING CONTROLLED AND IN FLIGHT/ PLANE LANDS (12 SHOTS) 2.56 3. SCU BART SAYING " IN WEATHER LIKE THIS, THERE'S A LOT OF WIND UP THERE, AND IT'S IN GUSTS, AND THAT'S THE MOST DIFFICULT." (FRENCH) 3.12 4. SLV PAN PLANE FLYPAST / GV PLANE IN FLIGHT (2 SHOTS) 3.30 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 18th June 1998 13:00
- Location: MOORSELE, BELGIUM
- Country: Belgium
- Reuters ID: LVA1B6MV4MDWY8CTW9NCHN35DTKI
- Story Text: Three Belgian model plane enthusiasts on Tuesday claimed a world record for flying the largest remote-controlled plane.
It took Bart Vercruysse, Ignace Honore and Pieter Lamaire more than three and a half years to put together their world record bid.
The 1/5 scale model of a World War Two United States Air Force B-29 bomber has four two-stroke engines with a combined strength of 72 horsepower, as well as a telemetric navigation system allowing the pilots to gauge altitude and wind stregth during flight.
At 6.05 metres long and with an 8.8 metre wingspan, and weighing 200 kilos, the plane beats the previous record held by a British-made Lancaster bomber model.
The weather was good for the plane's maiden flight, although a strong breeze kept the pilots on their toes.Bart piloted the craft using one remote control set, while Pieter controlled the wing and tail flaps with another, and Ignace looked after the instrument panel.
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