This model, a Carl Goldberg 1/2A Viking, is the only powered free flight plane I ever built. One reason is that we just didn't have enough open space to fly such models. In fact, after its first flight it landed in a tree in someone's yard! I had to ask permission to climb the tree and retrieve it. This style of free flight plane is hand-launched straight up. It spirals to altitude in a corkscrew fashion. A small timer shuts off the fuel supply to kill the engine. It then glides around until another timer releases a string, allowing the horizontal stabilizer to pop up and kill lift. The plane then falls to earth straight and level.

I recently (Dec. 2010) saw the ad below for an 80% scale replica of this plane. Until I saw this ad, I had no idea what my plane had been called. It must have been popular back then to still be available as a replica today!






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