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September 30, 2007

Massive X-wing fighter ready for takeoff

photo of X-wing fighter

For the past few months a group of hard-core amateur rocket builders have been working on a truly bodacious project... a giant flying Star Wars X-wing fighter. With a length of more than 20 feet, a detailed cockpit, and wings that spread into attack formation while in flight, this bad boy is about as far away as you can get from those little Estes rocket kits you made as a kid.

Want to see it actually fly? It's going to take off(*) next Saturday at a big rocket launch called Plaster Blaster in the California desert, about 80 miles east of San Diego.

Want to try building one of these on your own? Can check out a chronicle of the X-wing's construction.

(*) Due to the realities of non-Star Wars aerodynamics this X-wing will take off vertically under the power of four massive amateur rocket engines, and land via parachute.

Posted by Chris Spurgeon at September 30, 2007 07:33 AM