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Chainsaw Powered B29 Model Airplane Video

December 28th, 2008 · 6 Comments · Random Stuff

I saw an awesome video of a chainsaw-powered B29 bomber model airplane a month or so ago, and filed it away in my memory in the event I might need a “filler post” over the holidays. Well, the day for that filler post has arrived. The video is nothing short of amazing. It takes a bit over 7 minutes, but even if you only watch the first minute, you’ll get the idea. A couple of airplane enthusiasts built a model B29 that looks to have about a 20 foot wingspan. For the four engines, they mounted chainsaw engines with propellers in each of the engine pods. In the video, they fire up the four engines. What I didn’t expect is that they then, via remote control, taxi the model B29 airplane out onto a dirt strip and it takes off, and actually gets airborne! I’m going to make you watch the video to see if they can land it (you can always cheat and use fast forward if you’re short on time). The cherry on the whip cream (so to speak) in this video is that they’ve also built a rocket-propelled model of the famous X1 test jet plane. They’ve mounted the X1 it under the B29 so that they can launch the X1 when the B29 is in the air. Whether or not you’re a bit of an airplane nut/buff and/or non-current private pilot like me, you’ve got to watch this video.

This video of a chainsaw powered B29 bomber model airplane makes me laugh, but it also makes me feel good that innovation and that crazy drive to accomplish things is still alive and well in the human spirit. While these guys aren’t quite in the same league as the Apollo moon program, they still impress me mightily.  I’m guessing that it probably took them several attempts to succeed, but they followed the old saying, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” Apparently they were not aware of the two other versions of that saying that I came across recently:

“If at first you don’t succeed, don’t try skydiving.”

“If at first you don’t succeed, redefine success.”

So if you have any Christmas eggnog left, raise a glass to these crazy chainsaw-powered B29 bomber “pilots”, and raise another glass to good old fashioned ingenuity!


6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Tim // Dec 29, 2008 at 3:23 am

    I watched the whole video. Now that’s my kind of fun! No explosions, but I guess I can’t have everything 🙂
    The guy running the controls was really on the ball. Nice flying.

  • 2 The Trade Show Guru // Dec 29, 2008 at 10:34 am

    hi Tim,
    I was also amazed by the RC pilot’s skills, and what he could do with the aerobatics, and that their model B29 could handle it. The upside down fly-by was very cool. Made me think of Top Gun for some reason. ~ Steve

  • 3 Will // Jan 4, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    That is too cool!!! I am as impressed as the kid you can hear in the background. I want one, although I imagine it takes a long time to become so skilled at flying them.

  • 4 The Trade Show Guru // Jan 4, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    hi Will,
    I want one too, but if I flew it like the remote controlled helicopter that we got last Christmas, I’d crash it on the first flight! ~ Steve

  • 5 Eaulive // Jan 28, 2009 at 11:49 pm

    They are not chainsaw engines… they are ZDZ 80 engines from Hodges Hobby.

  • 6 The Trade Show Guru // Jan 29, 2009 at 10:50 am

    hi Eaulive,
    Thanks for the comment. I was told they were chainsaw engines, but you could be right. That said, I think the title “ZDZ 80 powered B29 Model Airplane Video” doesn’t sound the same. 😉
    Thanks for stopping by! ~ Steve

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