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H1 Racer Flights

Click here to see the video of the H1 in flight.

The H1's first flight was conducted at El Mirage Dry Lake Bed on Tuesday November 4, 2003. Due to the compressed schedule of the build (less than 3 weeks) several of the flight crew had spent the previous 40+ hours without sleep. They worked around the clock to get the plane ready for a deadline that couldn't be moved.

The Aero Telemetry H-1 Racer was piloted by seasoned pilot Jason Somes. Jason has literally thousands of hours flying both full-scale warbirds and remote control airplanes. He did a spectacular job of piloting the H-1 Racer on its maiden flight at El Mirage Dry Lake Bed. An aft Center of Gravity (CG) and an over-running propeller made the first flight extremely difficult and Jason did a great job flying and landing the plane. 

The second set of flights of the Aviator H-1 Racer were on November 17, 2003 in Santa Clarita with Jason Somes at the controls was absolutely spectacular and provided the film cameras with some of the most believable aerial footage ever shot of a movie model.

As a fitting testimony to how amazing the Aero Telemetry flyable models really were, shots of our H1 Racer flying were featured on both of the theatrical and television trailers for the movie in addition to making it into the short clips played during the televised presentation of the 62nd Golden Globe Awards held on January 16th, 2005 in Beverly Hills, California. 

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