| If you have a gas-powered plane, does it EVER happen that a
| crash result in a real bonfire ?
| [ Moronic isn't it ! But I thought it happened. :))
| I visualized planes literally going up in flames
| ... or is that down. ]
With glow power, almost never. It's possible, we may have heard of
it, but very very few have ever seen it.
With gas power, it's possible, but still very rare. (You did say
`gas-powered', but I suspect you really meant glow.)
The jet turbine planes seem to like to go up in flames when they
crash, however. I've seen several movies of it, and invariably they
seem to end up in a fireball. (Of course, the more spectacular the
crash, the more likely it is to make it onto the Internet and the more
likely it is that I'll see it, so this is hardly a scientific
Electrics can crash and catch fire too. The crash damages the battery
pack or the wiring and causes a short circuit, and things get hot
enough to ignite the plane. Or a lipo pack is involved and it catches
fire itself. Rare, but it happens.
I've never seen a glider catch fire :)
| > I've flown the wings off of one and stripped a couple of servos.
| Was this because they were held ONLY with rubber bands,
| or did a positive-lock actually snap loose under load ?
With the appropriate number of rubber bands, the wing will not come
off in any maneuver. In a crash, the wing will move but probably not
come off either -- the rubber absorbs a lot of the impact, sparing the
plane to some degree.
However, what sometimes happens is that somebody only puts on two
rubber bands `just to hold the wing there' and forgets about it, and
never puts more before flying. He takes off, does a turn and the
plane and wing part company. It's neat to watch, as long as the plane
isn't aimed at you -- the plane makes like a lawn dart, and the wing
lazily flops down to Earth a while later.
Doug McLaren, firstname.lastname@example.org
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