Boeing Condor

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US$400 million reconnaissance
Continental TSOL-300-2
2- 175 hp ea.
54 ft. 5 in.
200 ft. 1 in.
20,300 lbs.
2,000 gals. (est.)
110 mph
230 mph
2,000 fpm (est.)
67,000 feet
80 hours

Boeing Condor
Boeing Condor
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On August 4, 1989 the Boeing Condor set the world piston powered aircraft altitude record of 67,028 feet and was the first aircraft to fly a fully automated flight from takeoff to landing.

Looking somewhat like a propeller powered sailplane, the mission of the Boeing Condor was as a high tech test bed reconnaissance drone aircraft. With a wingspan of over 200 feet, the Condor's wingspan is longer than most passenger aircraft or large bombers. It is powered by two 175 hp, six cylinder opposed, twin supercharged liquid cooled Continental TSOL-300-2 engines.

The aircraft is totally robotic, with no pilot on board. On board computers communicate with computers on the ground via satellite to control all facets of the Condor's missions.

Carbon fiber composite materials made up the bulk of the Condor's fuselage and wings. Although it had a relatively low radar and heat signature for its size, the Condor was not a  stealthy aircraft.  Its relatively low speed and large wingspan made the Condor too easy a target for military use.  The Condor was considered as a platform for atmospheric research, however it was too expensive for civil use, and the U.S. government was not interested in it for such a purpose.

The Condor logged over 300 hours of secret missions flying at Moses Lake, Washington. It is now on exhibit at the Hiller Aviation Museum in San Mateo, California

Boeing Condor
Boeing Condor on display.

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Suggested reading for those considering constructing a Boeing Condor radio control airplane:
Building With Foam: A Beginners guide to building RC airplanes with foam by Keith Sparks
RC Airplane Foam Modeling by David Thomas and Sid King
Astro Flight, Inc. RC Airplane Electric Motor Handbook by Bob Boucher
RC Airplane Engine Guide by the editors of MAN and Backyard Flyer
Operating Radio Control Airplane Engines by David Boddington and David Winch
Operating Four-Stroke RC Airplane Engines by Brian Winch
The RC Airplane Pilot's Handbook, by Air Age Publications
Take Off - All About RC Airplanes by Alex Weiss
Building and Flying RC Airplanes by David Boddington
KC's Guide to Radio Control Airplane Flight by Keven J. Christopherson
Radio Control Airplane Questions & Answers by Peter Smoothy
RC Airplane How To's by Tom Atwood
RC Airplane Building Techniques by Randy Randolph
Radio Control Airplane Finishing & Detailing by MAN
Radio Control Airplane How-To's by Frank Masi
R C Airplane Workshop Secrets by MAN
Covering RC Airplanes by Faye Stilley and Tom Atwood
Everything you should know about RC Airplane flying by Harold Cunningham
Introducing RC Airplanes by Bill Burkinshaw