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This Radio-Controlled “Model” C-17 Globemaster Is Huuuuuuge

It’s not 1/1 scale, but this radio-controlled “model” aircraft is large enough to require a loadmaster and ground crew.

Those of us who glued together model aircraft growing up were probably working on a 1/200 or 1/72 scale. And radio controlled planes are smaller replicas of the real-life aircraft, scaled down so that they can fit in the back of a compact car and carried by hand … by one person.

But there are some fanatics who are flying RC aircraft on steroids. These folks have built flying versions of a Virgin Atlantic 747 and a World War II B-17 that are best measured in feet and not inches. What’s more incredible is that they can also fly. (Which must scare the doo doo out of any birds near the flight path.)

The version of the C-17 seen in this video is, as a current presidential candidate would say, huuuuge. Take a look.

Written by Wendell Barnhouse

Wendell Barnhouse is a veteran journalist with over 40 years of experience as a writer and an editor. For the last 30 years, he wrote about college sports but he has had an interest and curiosity about aviation since he was in grade school.