Mode­lair­plane­ Me 163 Komet

Electric Flight - - AIRMAIL -

A cou­ple years ago at the War­birds Over Delaware event, Sal Cal­vagna showed off his im­pres­sive elec­tric Me 163 Komet. To say the least, it was amaz­ing to see this Luft­waffe fly­ing-wing in­ter­cep­tor ef­fort­lessly take off with only the sound of the pro­pel­ler au­di­ble. Sal’s Komet was pre­vi­ously pow­ered by a Zenoah G-38 gas plane, and his new e-pow­ered ver­sion was faster, lighter, and more ma­neu­ver­able. It was also fea­tured in the July 2015 is­sue of Elec­tric Flight. We posted some pho­tos on the MAN web­site, and you guys had lots to com­ment on.

John T: I met Sal at the War­birds Over Delaware event, and he was nice enough to show me his lay­out. Very neat and pro­fes­sional. It flew great!

Rick E: What’s not to like? A big 82-inch Komet with a quiet elec­tric power sys­tem and no ugly gas en­gine stick­ing out un­der the cowl.

Peter H: I am also work­ing on an elec­tric-pow­ered Me 163. I got the MAN plans and had a kit cut by Laser­cut USA (laser­cu­ I’ll send in pho­tos when it’s ready to fly.

Rocky: Sal re­ally is a great guy. I met him and some other mem­bers from the Long Is­land Sky­hawks club at the Rhinebeck World War I Jam­boree a few years ago. Sal and the guys sure do get around!

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