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Old 09-12-2019, 09:03 PM
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My old R/C X-1 Rocket Boosted Glider used water ballast in the nose, to counterbalance the propellant mass of a G12 reload in the tail as it burned away. Rigged to begin draining the water at liftoff, empty 2-3 seconds after burnout. Otherwise, it would have been dangerously tail-heavy at liftoff, or dangerously nose-heavy for glide.

Anyway..... after one of the flights of the X-1, Chad Ring came over and told me that he felt drops of ballast water from the X-1 hit him (like raindrops). Wasn't complaining, he felt "special".



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Anyway..... after one of the flights of the X-1, Chad Ring came over and told me that he felt drops of ballast water from the X-1 hit him (like raindrops). Wasn't complaining, he felt "special".

Did you ask him if he was sure it was ballast water he felt?

How did the X-1 fly after transition to glide? That's a pretty small and thin wing!
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Anyway..... after one of the flights of the X-1, Chad Ring came over and told me that he felt drops of ballast water from the X-1 hit him (like raindrops). Wasn't complaining, he felt "special".


Having gotten to know Chad just a little at the last two NARAMs, I can see this happening....
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Did you ask him if he was sure it was ballast water he felt?


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