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Old 10-09-2008, 09:20 PM   #1
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Hi Guys,

Came across this interesting thread. A guy builds a 1/2A airplane, installs the engine, servos, battery, etc. The plane is RTF less receiver. He then ships the brand new plane to another flyer in a different state. That flyer has fun with it for a week or two and then ships it to a different flyer in another state. The next flyer does the same and so on. The original idea was to have this plane flown all over the world by different flyers involved in this great hobby. Each flyer is responsible for any repairs required as well as packing it in the original box. Guys have updated the engine and servos while they had the plane, out of their pocket for the good of the project. Each flyer covers the cost to ship the plane to the next flyer. The plane did some time in the U.S. and made it's way to Canada and then back to the U.S. Apparently, shipping costs and VAT made it unfeasible to ship overseas. Every flyer signed the bottom of the wing and the inside of the box and most added stickers to it while they had it.

Anyway, an interesting idea that shows me a lot about people in this hobby.

1.) There are a ton of GOOD people in this hobby.

2.) The plane has been maintained by various flyers and still remains in good and original shape which says a lot about the skill level and dedication of flyers across North America.

Now that winter is approaching and cabin fever sets in (you RCC regulars know what the winters get like on here) I will refer back to this thread and remember that although we are all individuals, we are all part of something great that is worldwide.

For those interested in reading, here is the link:


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Old 10-09-2008, 11:00 PM   #2
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Re: Postal Plane Project

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Old 10-10-2008, 07:58 AM   #3
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That sounds like a good idea for MAAC, can you imagine an airplane that has flown at every field across Canada? It wouldn't neccessarily have to be shipped in areas where club fields are within driving distance.

Maybe a hobby store would sponsor such a grand endeavour.
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Old 10-10-2008, 09:05 AM   #4
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Re: Postal Plane Project

Members of the Small Flying Arts forum have had a small simple rubber-powered F/F model touring the world for over a year.

To date it has been flown by numerous 'pilots' -
USA (33)
Canada (5)
South Africa
United Kingdom (3)

It's presently in France and destined to move on through Austria, Greece, Philippines, Australia, New Zealand and then to return via a half dozen places in the USA, following which it may be offered to the AMA museum.

Travels by air in a specially made padded container, complete with flight log, spares, etc.
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Old 10-10-2008, 02:51 PM   #5
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Re: Postal Plane Project

I was one of the two who flew the postal plane (Named GRACE) in Canada. That was fun to be part of it. For sure a similar project could be done across Canada. Shipping Grace back to US did cost approx $30 so from club to club it would probably be close to that.

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Old 10-10-2008, 02:56 PM   #6
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Here a picture of the plane next to the wing of my Carl Goldberg Falcon 56 to give you an idea of the size of Grace.
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