back in the skies: retired raf captain who piloted the legendary vulcan bomber has flown one again - after building an incredible scale model version - polystyrene sheets
During the Cold War, he was in the cockpit of one of Britain's most iconic aircraft, and now he has another --sort of.
The 74-year-old retired RAF Captain Cyril Carr has created a scale model for the legendary waken bomber, which was once an important part of Britain's defense strategy,
Captain Carl spent four months building the remote.
Use basic materials including polystyrene sheets and B & Q wallpaper to control the plane in his garden shed.
The iconic 1: 12 scale model version of the Cold War aircraft is driven by a 3,000-watt electric power
Pipe fan and lithium polymer rechargeable battery installed inside the fan.
It has a wingspan of 10ft, a moderate weight of 20 lbs, and a maximum speed of 30 miles per hour, which can fly at a height of 200ft. It has a half-a-
A mile from Captain Carl's handheld remote.
The former RAF officer chose to make a miniature version of the Vulcan xh5 58, the 1970 aircraft he used to fly during the Cold War. During a 16-
During his one-year military career, Captain Carl began two trips with the Royal Air Force 617 Squadron, driving the historic jet, part of Britain's nuclear deterrence against Cyprus operations
The 100ft-wingspan giant aircraft was retired by the Royal Air Force in 1984 and has since been owned and maintained by aviation charities, which fly them at the air show.
The last flight was the last in last October because the cost of operation was too high.
It took a 75-thousand farewell trip in the UK and was retired to a hangar at Doncaster Robinhood airport.
In response and tribute to the popular aircraft, Captain Carl made his miniature version.
The fuselage of the aircraft is made of depron foam, a lightweight rigid material he obtained from under-floor heating companies.
Captain Karl, a graduate of aviation engineering at the University of Bristol, then covered it with wallpaper and painted outside with a traditional dark green and gray paint in the early 1970 s.
Captain Carr said: "I built this model because it is the closest model we can now see real things in the sky.
It is big and realistic and can easily be mistaken for a real God of fire.
This is a very authentic jet.
Because the fan is very loud, so like the sound.
After air the real thing, it is good to air it in the air again.
Everyone who has met it so far likes it very much.
Captain Carl of Coffey Castle in Dorset flew the waken bomber for seven years and even flew all the way to Australia.
After retiring from the Royal Air Force, he went to the air show just to watch the classic flight.
He added: "When the god of fire comes over from the top, the hair on my arm will stand up, and when I see it coming, I will get goose bumps.
Its shape, sound and operability make it the ultimate crowd
Everyone missed it.
Hopefully my model will bring back these memories to people.
It certainly reminds me of the days when I was flying.
This is a great plane. it has great power.
"After serving for ten and a half years, Captain Carl, who was a middle school physics teacher, is now retiring with his wife Ruth.
His xh5 58 model is controlled from the ground by the remote control with two joysticks, one for setting the speed of the aircraft and one for determining the direction of the aircraft.
The RAF veteran says the similarities between his miniature model and the real model are striking.
He said: "When I watched my model fly overhead, I got the same incredible feeling as when I saw the real thing.
"For me, it's good for me that a person who really drives the god of fire can drive the god of fire again.
"The movement of my model and the way it glides in the air are very similar to what is real.
Because of its size, it floats in the sky at a very realistic speed.
If someone were to sit in a passing car and see it in the sky, they would think that the god of fire took off again.
Grandfather added: "People are very upset when they watch the last flight.
"I built this model so that people can experience it even if the bomber is retired.