posted on Sep, 15 2007 @ 09:50 PM
Its a old post but they talk about this very subject.
This biggest problem with any "rcplane over area51" idea is the range. No matter what you do to a balsa rc plane body, it would be severely
difficult to cover the 25-30 miles to the base and then reverse course and come back. Just as a side note, the nearest mountain/hill top that allows
you a view of Area-51 is about 26 miles away if i remember correctly. There may be close places, but I doubt that youll get much closer than that.
Then after adding a camera youll have lessened the range of the plane even more. Even adding more fuel capacity cant get you the range needed. Using
electric batteries arent a real possibility either, last time I checked they didnt have the efficiency of a gas engine, but I think that today the gap
between the two power sources are very close. Youll also want to be far enough away so that if anyone comes out of the base looking for the plane or
the person/people that flew it in, you could be long gone in time.
On the other hand. If you could build something like the "Desert Hawk," www.designation-systems.net...
Hawk has the range and flight duration time need for a flyover of Area-51. But, Im pretty sure that it doesnt use run of the mill RC plane
rechargable batteries and electric motors. If you could even get your hands on both it would probably cost you a ton of cash.
As for missle and lasers ringing the perimiter of the base. Its irrelavent. We do not know if they are there and if they arent, then it could be
possible to do a flyover with a plane that has the capabilities needed. If there are anti-air defenses that can shoot down a RC plane, then we will
know they are there and this idea can finally be brought to a close.
In the end, I dont think its worth the time or large amounts of money to do something like this. Even if you do succeed, whether in day or night,
what do you think you could pick up that hasnt already been filmed and photographed? Not trying to be a downer, Im personally very intrigued with
such a idea, although not for flying over Area-51.
[edit on 15/9/07 by Pfeil]