- The Spirit of Butts Farm
The Spirit of Butts Farm (also known as TAM 5) became the first
model aircraftto cross the Atlantic Oceanon August 11, 2003. The aircraft was launched from Cape Spearnear St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, and landed at Mannin Beachnear Clifden, Ireland38.5 hours later. It was recognized by the FAI as a double world record [Model Aircraft World Records, Fédération Aéronautique Internationale [http://records.fai.org/models/current.asp] Category F8] flight for its duration and straight line distance of 3,030 km using an autopilot. The aircraft was controlled by autopilot for >99% of the flight in a manner similar to that used by the Insitu AerosondeUAV "Laima" that crossed the Atlantic in 1998.
The aircraft was named after
Beecher Butts, an aviation enthusiast who allowed use of his farm for testing of the aircraft. The name echoes that of the Spirit of St. Louis, the aircraft used by Charles Lindberghin his trans-Atlantic flight.
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Maynard L. Hill
* [http://tam.plannet21.com/ Official page] with [http://tam.plannet21.com/FAQs.htm FAQ]
* [http://www.popsci.com/popsci/aviationspace/7a8e5b4a1db84010vgnvcm1000004eecbccdrcrd.html Article in Popular Science]
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