Here's the 1:5 scale A-10 Warthog remote control model in some video action at Top Gun 2008, in Lakeland, FL.—the biggest remote controlled airplane competition in the world. And to match it, a real A-10 appeared on the scene, taking off from a parallel runway. We interviewed Mike Selby, one of the model creators, and got all the technical details about this amazing $12,000 beast, with two jet turbines, three on-board microprocessors, 24 servos, a 1" OLED display in its cockpit and a fully-functional gatling gun. Jump to see all its amazing details in a 26-photo gallery. [Video and images courtesy of Bob Parrish]

A10 RC Model vs the Real Thing at Top Gun 2008

A10 RC Model vs the Real Thing at Top Gun 2008

A10 RC Model vs the Real Thing at Top Gun 2008

A10 RC Model vs the Real Thing at Top Gun 2008

A10 RC Model vs the Real Thing at Top Gun 2008

A10 RC Model vs the Real Thing at Top Gun 2008

A10 RC Model vs the Real Thing at Top Gun 2008

A10 RC Model vs the Real Thing at Top Gun 2008

A10 RC Model vs the Real Thing at Top Gun 2008

A10 RC Model vs the Real Thing at Top Gun 2008

A10 RC Model vs the Real Thing at Top Gun 2008

A10 RC Model vs the Real Thing at Top Gun 2008

A10 RC Model vs the Real Thing at Top Gun 2008

A10 RC Model vs the Real Thing at Top Gun 2008

A10 RC Model vs the Real Thing at Top Gun 2008

A10 RC Model vs the Real Thing at Top Gun 2008

A10 RC Model vs the Real Thing at Top Gun 2008

A10 RC Model vs the Real Thing at Top Gun 2008

A10 RC Model vs the Real Thing at Top Gun 2008

A10 RC Model vs the Real Thing at Top Gun 2008

A10 RC Model vs the Real Thing at Top Gun 2008

A10 RC Model vs the Real Thing at Top Gun 2008

A10 RC Model vs the Real Thing at Top Gun 2008

A10 RC Model vs the Real Thing at Top Gun 2008

A10 RC Model vs the Real Thing at Top Gun 2008

A10 RC Model vs the Real Thing at Top Gun 2008