- May 28, 2015
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For reasons beyond understanding, my flight that exceeded his record never got ratified, but here's proof that a conventional, lightly built glider can handle that power just fine. All you have to do is match model and motor:My buddy Braz (James Brazzel) holds the G duration record for rocket gliders. His design is a foamboard delta with canards that flip up on motor ejection. So, yes, they CAN work.
I follow a simple philosophy that Stan Buddenbohm, Lee Hines, and Jim Buxton already figured out all we need to know about optimal wing platform. You'll not find anything that proves significantly better than a Sweepette or its derivatives. The 12" indoor versions for high ceiling flying hit about 160 mph on catapult launch. That's more than enough for our rocket powered work. Just scale the plane to generate enough drag to keep your chosen motor from overspending the airframe. End of problem.