Estes Turbo Thruster,
Looks like a toy, it is, and could carry a lipstick vid cam, range 500 to 700 feet.
Would be great tool to draw fire, flying low over tree line, above hills, locate enemy.
Went to a party last week end on a farm.
Great time and there were a group of 20 + yr olds
that had a remote batt. powered Jet.
( 20 min.recharge time )
The Plane had large intake vents on both sides,
a large propeller in the middle of the plane, inside and smaller
exhaust vent, hense the ID of jet.
It flew for 10 or 15 min, at 40 to 75 feet,
they could fly higher but didn't.
They flew it out 500 to 700 feet away over tree lines
and over fence rows. ( It could fly further )
This wasn' the fly and crash toys of my
childhood but hand thrown
And they flew it for 25 or 30 huge ovals or fig.eights.
And were able tocontrol it to the extent they could fly
it 5 feet over my head, no crashes.
They had this plane for four days.
And trained themselves on it from written instructions.
Controls consisted of two buttons, right and left,
and power, more less, to control height.
It is a remarkable piece of aviation engineering at $40 sorry
They did hve some crashes in the begining and repaired it
with tape, it had been at one time in a dozen Styrofoam pieces
after a crash, and they just taped it back together and it flew.
This technology is off the shelf at Wal marts and cost $30
Now I know the military would be more comfortable
paying $10,000 each.
But the technology is there for every combat squad
In the world to have several drones with lipstick cameras
to hunt Taliban in wood rows.
Now it is susceptible to shotgun fire.
But at $30 a pop and being recyclable.
Thats a cheap price for tatget acquisition $30.
It flys low enough to know exactly where the fire
is coming from.
These are cheap enough to be used as bait, to draw fire
and find targets.
The Plane is about 24 inches wide and 24 inches long.
A company could have 16 of these flying perimeters and FOP.
Each squad could carry 3 or more and have eyes in it sky
anytime they want, any where for squad level force protection.