I used to fly R/C planes and drive R/C cars a long, long time ago. It’s been many years since I stopped, probably close to 20 years now since I had a plane in the air and somewhat less since I drove a car around a track, but I still enjoy watching it and every time I go into a hobby shop, I get the strong desire to get back into it, even though I know I have no time, nor proper facilities close by. One thing that a lot of people enjoy watching are R/C planes crashing and I came across a bunch of videos on YouTube, but honestly, I have to say that most of the so-called crashes aren’t really crashes. So read on and we’ll explore mass destruction of R/C planes together.
Now first, I want to make it clear that I don’t think a lot of what are called “crashes” in these videos are actually crashes. A crash, as I’m going to define it, is something that causes significant physical damage to the plane. Landing and going nose-over is not a crash. Even having your landing gear fold on landing isn’t a crash, unless it results in other significant damage. Most of the supposed crashes in these videos are nose-overs or landing gear failures, which do happen and are relatively expected. Even planes that flip over on their backs or that go off the runway aren’t crashes.
And maybe that’s something that modern fliers don’t get. For those of us who had to scratch build everything, who spent months and months building a plane, only to have it crack up on the runway in a billion bits of balsa wood, that’s a crash. Today, planes are largely made of foam, built quickly and thrown up into the air. They’re easy to fix because they bounce pretty well. Sure, you can destroy them but most of them aren’t that expensive to repair or replace in all but the most disastrous circumstances. Perhaps R/C pilots today just don’t get what a crash really is?
So anyhow, here are a couple of videos of crashes. Keep in mind that a lot of them aren’t really crashes, any more than someone brushing up against your car’s bumper is a crash. However, this is a good cautionary tale to keep your planes in the air and not upside down, on the ground, in pieces. Enjoy!
This is a good example of non-crashes: