How Do You Even Pilot a 450 MPH RC Plane?

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We’ve seen remote control airplanes powered by tiny jet engines before. But what’s mind-blowing about this particular RC craft is that it weighs just 17 pounds but can blast through the skies at an astonishing 450 miles per hour, making you wonder how any human has the reflexes needed to keep this thing from crashing.

Launched by an elastic band catapult, the delta-wing RC plane needs to be moving at a certain speed before its stubby wings produce enough lift for it to fly. Now obviously fighter pilots manage to wrangle aircraft at speeds that exceed well over 1,000 mph, but it’s an easier feat when you’re actually sitting in the aircraft, or have a first-person view like drone pilots do.

When you’re remotely flying a plane at 450 mph while looking up at it from the ground, just maintaining visibility seems almost impossible when the aircraft can race through your field of vision in just a few seconds. But somehow this pilot makes it look as easy as throwing a paper airplane.