Mach One (oz5462)
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Mach 1. Classic pattern plane.
Quote: "Model Airplane News continues its Parade of Champions with this latest entrant in the contest arena - imagine a plane that can win the Masters, Tangerine and Southwestern Champs in the short period of five months!
I don't know how much 'master-minding' really went into the design of the Mach 1, but I like to think that maybe a little bit did, anyway, especially in view of its contest performance record over the last couple of years. Since its introduction in the spring of 1971, it has placed first in nearly every sanctioned contest entered. Of the 12 contests entered during 1971, there were ten firsts, one second and one fourth. Since the end of 1971, the record is a little better. All contests entered were won except one, the Nats, where it placed fourth as it did the year before. Of course, the best win to date was the 1972 Masters in Huntsville, where the US FAI Team was selected. This win, I suppose, required what one might call a little bit of masterminding.
At first glance, the Mach I might look like a conventional design. However, closer examination will reveal several departures from the usual Pattern shop used today. The fuselage is 57in long and the wing area is 715 sq in, and that I think you'll agree is a large airplane in anybody's book..."
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Update 12/01/2018: added article, thanks to RFJ.
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