SIA gets free ride on A-380 model's flight

SIA gets free ride on A-380 model's flight
The scaled-down model of the Airbus A-380 (above) with the logo of the Singapore Airlines printed on the side seen in a YouTube screengrab.

BERLIN - The Airbus A-380 taxis around a field and onto a runway. It picks up speed and takes off into the skies. After about five minutes, it makes a perfect landing to the cheers of what looks like giant-sized onlookers.

But it is the plane that is unique.

It is actually a scaled-down model of the jumbo airliner - with the logo of the Singapore Airlines printed on the side - and is being flown with a handheld remote control.

A video of the flight has been making the rounds online and was picked up by websites such as the Huffington Post and the Daily Mail.

The plane is being flown at an air show and hobbyist event in Germany, the Daily Mail says.

When asked about the SIA logo on the model, Singapore Airlines spokesman Nicholas Ionides told The Straits Times: "It wasn't something that SIA was responsible for. We haven't had contact with the gentleman who did the model in the video in question.

"Based on the video, we love what he has done and congratulate him on his great work."

The model is 14 times smaller than the full-sized aircraft.

The model is powered by four jet turbines, the Daily Mail says without quoting a source.

Similar models use engines that are said to cost around £1,800 (S$3,600) each, the report added.

The Huffington Post provided more details about the dimensions: It is 4.8m long and 5.3m wide, has a 10-litre fuel tank and weighs just over 78kg.

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