Homebuilt 35% Scale B-29

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MIflyer

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May 30, 2011
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Powered by four Honda automobile engines. Incredible!

Screenshot 2023-10-08 at 11-03-25 Honda Powered B29 Replica - YouTube.png



View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RAWv1rhb8Uw
 
One thing that gets me is an airplane with about 400 HP and that long of a wingspan has some significant capability in terms of range and load carrying. For example it would be a heck of a crop duster, but it won't get used for anything practical.
 
That is awesome! The builder's sheer industry, coupled with a serious talent for engineering ... and fabrication ....WOW! I have a few unfinished models in boxes in the basement that have probably sat there since before he started building this....................
 
Turns out it already has been involved in a mishap. Golf Cart on the Runway!

"The FAA is investigating the collision between a piloted 35 percent scale replica of a B-29 with a golf cart at Glenndale Airport near Kokomo, Indiana, that sent a woman to the hospital on Sunday. Howard County Sheriff's Office said in a statement the woman was at the side of the runway at the small airport shooting video of the homebuilt aircraft from a golf cart. "As the plane came down for a landing, the plane drifted and struck the golf cart causing it to roll over, knocking the sole occupant unconscious," the statement said. The woman was airlifted to the hospital and her condition wasn't known."


"The aircraft involved is a reproduction of a B-29 and is powered by four Honda Fit automotive engines with belt reduction drives to the props. At 35 percent scale, it's about 35 feet long with a wingspan of almost 50 feet. The aircraft was built from scratch over the past few years by Ray Hodgson. Hodgson was flying the aircraft, according to local media reports. Videos on YouTube have documented the construction process, which involved some unique processes using composites."
 
Turns out it already has been involved in a mishap. Golf Cart on the Runway!

"The FAA is investigating the collision between a piloted 35 percent scale replica of a B-29 with a golf cart at Glenndale Airport near Kokomo, Indiana, that sent a woman to the hospital on Sunday. Howard County Sheriff's Office said in a statement the woman was at the side of the runway at the small airport shooting video of the homebuilt aircraft from a golf cart. "As the plane came down for a landing, the plane drifted and struck the golf cart causing it to roll over, knocking the sole occupant unconscious," the statement said. The woman was airlifted to the hospital and her condition wasn't known."


"The aircraft involved is a reproduction of a B-29 and is powered by four Honda Fit automotive engines with belt reduction drives to the props. At 35 percent scale, it's about 35 feet long with a wingspan of almost 50 feet. The aircraft was built from scratch over the past few years by Ray Hodgson. Hodgson was flying the aircraft, according to local media reports. Videos on YouTube have documented the construction process, which involved some unique processes using composites."

Cue the lawyers.
 

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