Wednesday, 13 August, 2003
Model Airplane Crosses Atlantic
A group of model airplane enthusiasts flew a model across the Atlantic. The Spirit of Butts Farm, 11 pounds when it took off from Newfoundland, landed in Ireland 38-1/2 hours later after flying almost 1,900 miles. The airplane was launched by human control, and then controlled automatically by computer in response to radio telemetry until it reached the Irish coast where it once again came under human control. Unmanned transatlantic flight for the masses. This is very cool. And scary.