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  • B-A-L
    B-A-L 2 ай бұрын +1606

    I loved the remark by the little girl at around 57:39 when the kids realised the model pilot was James May and she said 'I know who that guy is from Top Gear, he's the really stupid one!' and I love how James May didn't have that edited out!

    • Pauluk James
      Pauluk James Ай бұрын +1

      @JP dJ I am sure that was a set up they had a film crew with sound probably all pre planned .

    • RJ Nash
      RJ Nash Ай бұрын +1

      @INSANE COMMANDER You did not just say the words "nob head"... **sigh**

  • DrVesuvius70
    DrVesuvius70 Ай бұрын +338

    The thing that always gets me rewatching this is the look of utter joy on the face of the chase pilot. I mean the dude is actually flying a helicopter in real life, a significant feat of real world aviation and engineering. Yet the inner child looks at the toy glider soaring free and feels the magic of flight. "This is so cool." It's a sense of wonder we should all strive never to lose.

    • James Ordway: Ultralight Pilot
      James Ordway: Ultralight Pilot Ай бұрын +3

      This is my life

    • Lord Ginger
      Lord Ginger Ай бұрын +1

      I thought the same thing. He looked so happy to be there and be a part the glider flight.

    • Nicolas Alvargonzalez
      Nicolas Alvargonzalez Ай бұрын +1

      He probably never ever got to experiment the helicopter limits, 9900 feet up, heck of a trip.

    • SiliconValleySky
      SiliconValleySky Ай бұрын +5

      Seeing things Air to Air is always special, whether it it be birds, or other aircraft

    • Potvin Suks
      Potvin Suks Ай бұрын +6

      Very well said!

  • Kieran Beswick
    Kieran Beswick Ай бұрын +88

    The beautiful thing about this is... James' enthusiasm and joy is 100% real! making this video so much more wholesome and lovely.

  • George Hassman
    George Hassman Ай бұрын +135

    What a beautiful sight to see. And what an achievement! As someone who fixed helicopters in the US Army and has loved aviation all my life I say well done!

    • Gryxder
      Gryxder Ай бұрын +1

      I fixed them for the US Coast Guard, and as one mech to another, I agree with your comment 100%.

    • Si Hopebgood
      Si Hopebgood Ай бұрын +6

      Our British government can be as corrupt as hell but bonkers Englishmen like James May can still make me smile 😀 See?

  • Avery the Cuban-American
    Avery the Cuban-American Ай бұрын +45

    Not everyone likes the trio, but such genuine enthusiasm from James cannot be faked. A superb effort and fantastic aerial filming. Wonderful! The spirit of wonder, childhood dreams realized as an adult, and waking that from all of us as we watch is infectious. Believe it or not, back in August 2003, a model aircraft actually made a Transatlantic crossing! Called TAM-5 or The Spirit of Butts' Farm, it flew from Cape Spear in Newfoundland to Clifden, Ireland in 38 hours, 52 minutes, and 19 seconds! The aircraft was built by a team led by Maynard Hill, a retired metallurgist. Before this feat, Hill had previously set 25 model airplane records and was inducted into the Model Aviation Hall of Fame in 1977. Simply put, anything is possible if you still believe!

    • Bon Bin
      Bon Bin Ай бұрын

      I swear you are everywhere

  • Mine craft
    Mine craft Ай бұрын +22

    I honestly love how passionate James always gets. Having someone who is this invested as a presenter makes the whole thing so enjoyable to watch.

    • jimkonst
      jimkonst Ай бұрын +2

      @FOOL ON THE HILL Plus, he really had skin in the game!

      FOOL ON THE HILL Ай бұрын +2

      Plus he's a PILOT so he knows his sheeeit..

  • bmused55
    bmused55 2 ай бұрын +220

    The most mind blowing part about this was the paper aircraft and darts found in the old school. The one James May found and flew had been sat there for at least 100 years, flown by a child long since dead and he casually flies it again. Just think about that for a moment. It had the same design we ourselves used. Decades before planes would look anything remotely like that. Potentially even a century or more. What a mind blowing moment.

    • about the metal
      about the metal Ай бұрын

      @Dirk Van Dijk
      Love the reply .

    • Jon Rudolf
      Jon Rudolf Ай бұрын

      @Austin528 gum.

    • Lamster 66
      Lamster 66 Ай бұрын +1

      @James Sveinsson It's "OUR" designs.
      If you want your mind blow Read te previous comments!

    • James Sveinsson
      James Sveinsson Ай бұрын +1

      That absolutely blew my mind as a child in third grade making paper airplanes are designs haven’t changed at all and that just blew by bite also that The paper dart plane was Decades ahead of its time

    • Lamster 66
      Lamster 66 Ай бұрын +1

      @Dirk Van Dijk
      Summer child?
      No, more like born at the end of January

    GRAHAMAUS Ай бұрын +30

    @2:50 G-WACG, the plane I went solo in, about 24 years ago! A little later, I flew the channel in a slightly bigger Cessna, and while uneventful, it certainly made me appreciate the bravery of Bleriot and other early pioneers. This is almost the perfect TV show, for me. Please make more James!

  • Jastor
    Jastor Ай бұрын +3

    This has to be one of the most beautiful, heartwarming, and inspiring films I've ever seen. Hats off to everyone who had a hand in making the record attempt possible, and the creators who produced this wonderful story!

  • Joe
    Joe 29 күн бұрын

    Seeing James's inner child spark was beautiful, the sheer passion from himself and those involved and the music, the journey was all just incredible and emotional to watch, I felt like part of it, thank you team.

  • silentsushix3
    silentsushix3 Ай бұрын +1

    I will never get tired of seeing how excited James get's when things go correctly, like when the test plane drops successfully.

  • Kim Jong-un
    Kim Jong-un Ай бұрын +15

    In my teens I attended a plane modeling club where we built balsa wood models ourselves, from scratch. And I do mean from scratch because every bit, maybe apart from the fuselage we had to sand down to proper size, dimensions. Build wings etc. from that. Then cover them with special fabric. And those models weren't only for show. We attended and competed in events across the country on old airfield hauling the models up in the air, letting go of the line at a specific moment and then the judges would count the time it stayed in the air. Great memories and that show brought it all back. Thanks!
    As the Supreme Leader, thankful you said, “This is so British!” That’s exactly what I was thinking. Then, somehow, the uncooperative French made this video even MORE British! 😂😂😂 “Liberté! Fraternité! Absurdité!”

  • Grenadeo
    Grenadeo 2 ай бұрын +478

    james may really is just a big child. he embodies what all want to be, younger again. even though this was a full decade ago, and he’s older, more dulled down, it’s amazing to see a time where he was accomplishing what every young kid wanted to do, and i think everyone can smile at a grown man, being excited about an oversized children’s toy.

    • Muhammad Giri
      Muhammad Giri Ай бұрын +1

      Goddam it is a decade ago, geez time really flies like the Swallow

    • Jere Lull
      Jere Lull Ай бұрын +1

      As friends of mine maintain:"It's never too late to have a happy childhood."😇

    • MawTrust
      MawTrust Ай бұрын

      we all are big children

    • Ivan Březina
      Ivan Březina Ай бұрын

      Why should someone give up his dreams? Sometimes you need master degree in mechanical engineering to fulfill your child dreams.

    • noisefuljoy
      noisefuljoy Ай бұрын +3

      To be able to recapture exquisite joy as in youth is a rare thing. I last felt it as I rode my new motorcycle home. I certainly did share in his joy, seeing the beauty of a boy's dream in flight.

  • thejudgemeister
    thejudgemeister Ай бұрын +4

    This was just so cool to watch. It looked so beautiful in flight. Imagine how much further it could've gone had it not needed to set down on land. :)

  • smidsyonfire
    smidsyonfire Ай бұрын +11

    That is not a toy glider... That is a piece of aviation history. Respect!
    Next step is to fit it with a prop and paint it with PV paint. Over to you James for another first...!

  • Simon Reeves
    Simon Reeves Ай бұрын +11

    It's great to see the nostalgia that James May's show brings back to viewers of similar ages who also played with similar toys. The episode is enjoyed by many, particularly the Meccano bike.

      FOOL ON THE HILL Ай бұрын +1

      Oh yeah manccano loved that and brings up a lot ofgood memories..

  • Me Not U
    Me Not U 10 күн бұрын

    WOW! Simply loved it! As a modeler myself this was monumental, and I am glad you were able to get that second chance. Life is full of surprises and you sir have made a big one!!! Thank you.

  • Chow_Hound
    Chow_Hound Ай бұрын +11

    I am so impressed. Totally riveting and exciting. Cheering from desk as it flew. Awesome how everyone comes together again to pull off an incredible feat.

  • Michael McLaren
    Michael McLaren 2 ай бұрын +277

    This is my favorite video he’s ever done - because he made every little/grown boy who’s ever made a model plane (or flown RC) come true. Ticked every box.❤

    • Felice
      Felice Ай бұрын

      Some girls, too. :P

    • jupitorman
      jupitorman Ай бұрын +1

      I had a glider and one day found an autopilot on eBay for rc glider so we set it up got the glider realy high then turned the rc radio off and watched the glider fly on its own it was mindblowing it went out of sight to my horror but a few seconds later it flew over me circled then landed great memories

    • Rockin' Rocketman
      Rockin' Rocketman Ай бұрын +1

      You said it dude

    • salemcripple
      salemcripple Ай бұрын +4

      I love how the "cool guy" helicopter pilot even was rooting for it. You know damn well he had the same dream we all did as kids.

    • Jasper
      Jasper Ай бұрын +8

      @plamenpeychev as is customary in the UK. They use a hybrid method of metric and Imperial. It’s odd, but most men of James’ age will still measure in imperial.

  • Abid Ali
    Abid Ali Ай бұрын +2

    Patience suspense,Thrill, A flight full of fantasy i enjoyed every moment of this video Hats off to you James A New World Record 👍👍👍❤️❤️

  • SamM6945
    SamM6945 Ай бұрын +8

    i watched this ten years ago when it was first shown, and found myself, once again, lumpy-throated and utterly joyful. It was the 'victory laps' that ultimately got me. Wonderful, wonderful television, and bravo to the producers for, presumably, greenlighting a budget-exploding gamble so that last flight was possible. i can't wait to show this episode to my infant son one day.

    • the craptain
      the craptain Ай бұрын

      i can just tell you are good people. i too hope to show my young daughter such wholesome things one day.

  • Jagath Jayasekera
    Jagath Jayasekera Ай бұрын +4

    This video took me back to my childhood memories and I watched the full video like a kid hanging on to a chocolate bar. I watched James May go on a U2 spy plane and that was thrilling to watch. But when I watch this video, the U2 spy plane became a toy and this glider became a hero! Thanks so much for creating such an inspiring video!

  • jim Parr
    jim Parr Ай бұрын +4

    Seemingly trivial, (and costly) - but such a GREAT achievement. I loved this video. Also much of the photography both of the aircraft and from the aircraft was beautifully compiled.
    And yes - for those of us who have echoed J.M.'s boyhood pleasures and dreams, you have encapsulated a few joyfully reminiscent moments, around the globe, for your like-minded brethren.

  • Dandahermit Seals
    Dandahermit Seals Ай бұрын +4

    I'm so glad I didn't go back outside when it hit the water. I downloaded. On a bleak depressing day I'm so glad I stumbled onto this presentation. Thank you all everyone for your shared adventure and kudos for the chopper guys for managing to return to git it done next day. I was interested then intent then nervous and finally elated. Great job all you guys. You really made my day. Have a good life Kudos from a dreary snow bound day up in the Washington state mountains. Dandahermit

    JU5TINPDX 2 ай бұрын +428

    4:13 😂 the sound of the helicopter crashing into the hangar as James turns and walks away had me laughing for a solid 2 minutes 😂 the fact that is was off screen, and unacknowledged by James, made it even funnier…

    • Kevin Prior
      Kevin Prior Ай бұрын

      I wonder if the remote controlled plane was the same one Richard Hammond used in planning the Reliant Robin Rocket Launch.

    • Friday Californiaa
      Friday Californiaa Ай бұрын +1

      NGL, I almost cried in laughter too 😂😂

    • BladeScraper
      BladeScraper Ай бұрын +4

      @Sam Holdsworth Neither of those were really toys. First was a Blade 120SR, which while old is a hobby grade model from Blade/Horizon Hobby, and the plane was a Parkzone Ultra Micro J-3 Cub, also a hobby grade micro RC. The radio was a (also old) E-Flite DSM radio, and certainly can connect to both of those DSM models and actually came with the Ready to Fly combos for both of them. Funnily I actually had both of those models myself back when I first got into RC in 2011-2012. If you scroll back far enough you can see the 120SR in the first video I ever posted on KZclip.

    • Sam Holdsworth
      Sam Holdsworth Ай бұрын +1

      @Jimmy Whitlow yeah, but not these toys 😂
      I am very well-versed with building RC aircraft. And anyone who is would know that you couldn't fly two toy RC with one toy RC controller...just saying

    • Jimmy Whitlow
      Jimmy Whitlow Ай бұрын +1

      @Sam Holdsworth you can program controllers to operate many rc craft or vehicles.

  • ShiftedGames
    ShiftedGames Ай бұрын +4

    An honest, fun and great feat of engineering - Well done boys! I'm sure all involved were just as thrilled! Great maiden flight!

  • Idai Makaya Publications
    Idai Makaya Publications 24 күн бұрын +1

    This is the type of TV programme we need to see more of. There's currently too much garbage on TV because it's a quantity over quality game. And of the ex Top Gear trio, James by far does the best solo programmes and KZclip videos. Always authentic.

  • HB9HAL
    HB9HAL Ай бұрын +1

    Congratulations to you and your team behind to do this outstanding effort.
    The Idea to release the glider with a Helicopter is simply brilliant!👍

  • NorthPaul
    NorthPaul Ай бұрын

    There are very few people making 1 hour videos like this. There are even fewer people that can hold my attention on a video like this for more than 10-15. But James May is one of those very rare people. I don´t even really care about model planes, but somehow he keeps me entertained and my interest peaked all the way through.

  • Francisco André Gonçalves
    Francisco André Gonçalves Ай бұрын +2

    So many like me who see all the dreams we had in childhood.
    So emotional! Tears in my face...
    James represents so well those emotions and feeling from those who know what pionneerism and aviation is all about.
    That planes from children made back 150 years ago. Man! Shivers...
    This video is amazing.
    One of best things I have seen so far...

  • Rob Ashton
    Rob Ashton 2 ай бұрын +155

    What an utterly utterly wonderful programme. I'm sitting here both crying and cheering with joy at the same time. We are all big kids at heart. Look at that glider go! Go on glider, you can do it.....

    • Jere Lull
      Jere Lull Ай бұрын +1

      The little glider that could -- and DID

    • Rob Ashton
      Rob Ashton Ай бұрын +1

      @Sian Warwick definitely

    • Victory Works
      Victory Works Ай бұрын +4

      Completely, I found myself really emotional as the failure of the cloudy day turned into a second attempt with clear skies.. not something I was expecting

    • Sian Warwick
      Sian Warwick Ай бұрын +4

      The shots of the glider just flying on its lonesome over the water are wonderful. That is some good good shooting and editing

  • noist30
    noist30 Ай бұрын +8

    The combination of the music, the clear skies, the toy glider gliding and Tom saying so cool at 51:56 made me cry for the first time in a long time, leaving me wondering if there is anything I'm doing wrong with my life.

    • noist30
      noist30 7 күн бұрын

      @DirtySleazy huehue

    • DirtySleazy
      DirtySleazy 11 күн бұрын

      Noist? More like moist!

  • joanna knowles
    joanna knowles Ай бұрын +2

    That is an amazing achivement 😮 People may say its a toy, But for those of us who fly model aircraft, that was briliant!!

  • Christian Boerner
    Christian Boerner Ай бұрын +3

    A fantastic idea in this time where not everything is peaceful that comes from the sky. Anyone could have had this idea, but you guys rocked it. Awesome. I think the idea is what makes this video great, but also the professional execution and enthusiasm of all the people are involved. I didn't skip anything in the video, because every moment is a delight. Too bad the French didn't play along. Thanks guys, for this brilliant video, you deserve an award. ...Christian / Berlin

  • Cromagen
    Cromagen Ай бұрын

    Crazy how beautiful I found this, fantastic film work, and great engineering effort from everyone! This was a great watch!

  • JW Smythe
    JW Smythe Ай бұрын +5

    That was an awesome video. It really got me invested. I'm so glad you were able to do the final flight, that really was beautiful. I generally prefer aircraft that have their own thrust, but that was really beautiful.
    The church find was really amazing. I just assumed that the paper airplane design was made by children mimicking aircraft. I never imagined that it was the other way around. I guess there's just something embedded in humans, that lets us see how to do particular things. Instinctual things making us want to fly.

  • SadSky TristeCiel
    SadSky TristeCiel 2 ай бұрын +294

    This was a dream to watch. So much dedication and ingenuity. Congratulations to all the team. Wonderful.

    • Atheist Orphan
      Atheist Orphan Ай бұрын +1

      @Repent and believe in Jesus Christ - No.

    • leighton westbury
      leighton westbury 2 ай бұрын +3

      @Repent and believe in Jesus Christ And the need or context of your comment here, was of no relevance

    • TermlessGHM
      TermlessGHM 2 ай бұрын +5

      In my teens I attended a plane modeling club where we built balsa wood models ourselves, from scratch. And I do mean from scratch because every bit, maybe apart from the fuselage we had to sand down to proper size, dimensions. Build wings etc from that. Then cover them with special fabric. And those models weren't only for show. We attended and competed in events across the country on old airfield hauling the models up in the air, letting go of the line at a specific moment and then the judges would count the time it stayed in the air. Great memories and that show brought it all back. Thanks👍

    • Repent and believe in Jesus Christ
      Repent and believe in Jesus Christ  2 ай бұрын +1

      Repent to Jesus Christ “May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.”
      ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭19‬:‭14‬ ‭NIV‬‬

  • Deebemc
    Deebemc Ай бұрын +1

    Could not imagine Clarkson having the patience, or let’s face it, the technical ability to present this. Well done, Mr May…..and technical team.

  • Mike Brannon
    Mike Brannon 21 күн бұрын

    Maybe my 2 favorite things on this are: the prototype got its own flight on the test of the "coffin" and did beautifully (almost flying back to their feet) and the pilot Tom's honest reactions when he was tracking and releasing the glider. We all turned back into little boys throughout this episode. Thank you.

  • khor11
    khor11 Ай бұрын +3

    Hands down my favourite video from "Toy stories" and one of the best videos I've ever seen. Educational, inspiring and fun. Well done Mr. May! Superb job!

  • Vincent Riebroek
    Vincent Riebroek Ай бұрын +1

    This video put a huge smile on my face, it is indeed exactly the thing every young child thinks about when making your first model plane

  • SomeUserInternet
    SomeUserInternet Ай бұрын +4

    Absolutely beautiful. A dream of any child 10 to 100 years old :) Also - if you never been on a glider - do it! It is amazing being in the sky without any noise.

      FOOL ON THE HILL Ай бұрын +1

      It's on my bucket list just done a tandem skydive and it was a experience I'll never ever forget..

  • Cristi Neagu
    Cristi Neagu 2 ай бұрын +171

    It's heart-warming to see James' genuine delight with all these old toys, things that children these days don't care about. I think I'd have a lot of things to talk about with Mr. May, even though there's quite a few decades between us.

    • Jim Startup
      Jim Startup Ай бұрын

      @fraggsta yeah but a plane can be a toy, a car can be a toy etc

    • fraggsta
      fraggsta Ай бұрын

      @Jim Startup Whatever its purpose was, it has wings, it flies. It' s a plane.

    • Jim Startup
      Jim Startup Ай бұрын +1

      @fraggsta did it serve any purpose other than for a bit of fun? Sure it might be advanced, but it's a toy all the same.. adults can have toys too you know! 😉

    • Sian Warwick
      Sian Warwick Ай бұрын

      @Formes bordem?

    • Sian Warwick
      Sian Warwick Ай бұрын

      @beebo my Dad took my brother and I to see Gliders in flight. They were stunning. Agree that if you want to see how the magic works, you have to see the full-size gliders in flight

  • Frerk Meyer
    Frerk Meyer Ай бұрын +3

    I built a balsa glider myself when I was 12. After weeks of building and painting I trough it in the air and it crashed badly. I never built another one. So, thank you for this video. I was with you the whole time.

  • SirLorcha
    SirLorcha Ай бұрын +2

    This is absolutely spectacular! Way much better than the Baumgartner space jump. Kudos to all who made this wonderful experience. 👍

  • Phil
    Phil Ай бұрын +8

    After finding this show randomly, I am now convinced that James May is actually the heart and entertainment of his 3 man team. Richard and Jeramy where just lucky to be around him when they where 😂.

      FOOL ON THE HILL Ай бұрын +3

      Do you know James may is the brother of Brian may from QUEEN the rock group?? James has a musical background he studied it in university,He's is also a mechanic and a pilot and best of all *CAPTAIN SLOW*

  • Oliver Hooper
    Oliver Hooper 13 күн бұрын

    33:22 "it's just remarkable, I thought I'd rang up the telly"
    How James goes about phrasing certain things gets me every time

  • Hendrik de Bruin
    Hendrik de Bruin Ай бұрын +1

    At last - James has grown up. It is about time. Kudos to the build team. May they prosper in their chosen field and reach great heights. We need all the young people like these we can get to ensure the ongoing survival of society.

  • RoboDad_
    RoboDad_ 2 ай бұрын +84

    This is the British spirit so many have lost over the years. Amazing to see it coming back

    • B-A-L
      B-A-L Ай бұрын +2

      @Stu b The only French spirit that exists is Cognac!

    • Epic
      Epic Ай бұрын +1

      @Rob Ashton but it does nullify the "see it coming back" of the original comment.

    • Stu b
      Stu b Ай бұрын +2

      And that was the French spirit, still in tact.

    • Rob Ashton
      Rob Ashton Ай бұрын

      @Epic that doesn't matter! It's still just so brilliant!

    • Epic
      Epic Ай бұрын

      This episode is over a decade old.

  • bluesimon13ify
    bluesimon13ify Ай бұрын +1

    That was fantastic, you couldn't do anything more rewarding, well done to everybody involved

  • Seek Truth
    Seek Truth Ай бұрын +2

    Powered flight, gliders, flying models always makes my heart beat faster. Thanks for the video!

  • Mirko Milic
    Mirko Milic Ай бұрын +3

    Great , just beautiful to se James and crew doing this things about flight . Childhood dreams and innovation all together.

  • DJMovit
    DJMovit Ай бұрын

    This was fun to watch! Brought back those days of those toy planes. Awesome! Thanks for the great memories and great project.

  • xav8orx
    xav8orx Ай бұрын +1

    This was a fantastic watch! Very uplifting bright spot and a real triumph! Thank you for creating and sharing something like this that we can all, at least vicariously, experience the joy, wonder and thrill of well earned accomplishment. I'm really grateful to have borne witness and been on the journey!

  • My Orchestral Journey
    My Orchestral Journey 2 ай бұрын +144

    Been a real 'fan' of Captain Slow for ... well damn, decades, at this point.
    One of the smartest and most 'interesting' of all the Top Gear/The Grand Tour presenters.
    His choice of 'off season' shows, has always been very watchable, informative and fun.
    I hope he bounces back once again after Jeremy (once again) kills off yet another top/popular series.

    • Minecraft God
      Minecraft God Ай бұрын

      @RocketVlogs well, obviously, if he was a well-known known celebrity with a huge voice, then no one would care as much 😂 that's obvious. Amazon is looking at it from a business perspective, and Jeremy's of the cusp remarks can be extremely damaging to the shows and how people view amazon. Some may view amazon as in support of what Jeremy said if they had not acted. Any time someone has a large platform, it is obvious that their voice will be heard more and, therefore, silenced more. This is just logical.

    • leeedsonetwo
      leeedsonetwo Ай бұрын

      @Rocket Vlogs I think most sane people would have had a problem with it.

    • Kevin Prior
      Kevin Prior Ай бұрын


    • Jim Startup
      Jim Startup Ай бұрын +2

      @steamsearcher indeed.. but so did Brexit. In the end it's quite apparent Jeremy is a bit of an arse. Sure he can be funny but he tries sooo hard to be. His humour is still very much at a schoolyard level

    • Sian Warwick
      Sian Warwick Ай бұрын

      @robducky they are going to dump the Farm series? It's probably ready to air. Going on air Feb 10

  • Gordon Kachuk
    Gordon Kachuk Ай бұрын +7

    Fantastic. As an ex Multi-IFR aviator I almost got a bit teary eyed. Well done James and crew.

    • Gordon Kachuk
      Gordon Kachuk Ай бұрын +2

      @Jere Lull Thank you Jere, I do believe you are right. I'm 72 now and kinda stopped flying after I sold my Cessna 310., due to a move from Belgium to Canada's West coast. Thought of a floatplane but that never materialized. Although I am almost about 20 years out of it I could still easily pass my medical (daily 5km runner), I should perhaps take your advice and drop the "ex".

    • Jere Lull
      Jere Lull Ай бұрын +1

      Hey, I sympathize: You're a Multi-IFR aviator who just hasn't exercised that license lately. I'm about 40 years out of bi-annual medical or flight currency, but still am a pilot at heart.

  • DG3ACM
    DG3ACM Ай бұрын +1

    A M A Z I N G! Big thanks for one hour with a big smile on my face to you and your great team!

  • JustWasted3HoursHere
    JustWasted3HoursHere Ай бұрын +1

    The thing that amazes me the most about flight is that something like a hang glider is literally 4 long poles, a bit of rope and some canvas and yet this simple arrangement eluded early pioneers for centuries.

  • Spotty
    Spotty Ай бұрын +1

    I loved his bit of commentary about being a kid at the top of a very tall hill because it's so relatable. I loved riding down the biggest hill when I was a kid with my sister and friends and you always wanted one just a little taller.

  • m16owner
    m16owner Ай бұрын

    Amazing video, and even though none of my finger bits were stuck to that glider, i got quite emotional too when i saw it soar gracefully over that island. Thank you mr. May

  • Krimke
    Krimke 2 ай бұрын +196

    for once, a re-publising on another channel, doesn't mess up the audio. Absolutely perfect guys!

  • Zytronium
    Zytronium Ай бұрын +1

    Your RC helicopter at 4:08 reminded me of how I got into aviation in the first place. My first RC aircraft looks a lot like that toy helicopter. It worked for a few weeks and then the motor overheated :( It was so fun while it lasted. Then A while later I got a small (like size of your hand small) RC plane, but it worked better as a glider, especially once one of the microscopic motors gave out. Then I got a bit larger plane (a little bigger than your red piper) and it crashed into a few trees before the elevator rod fell out, making it impossible to control pitch, and therefore couldn't fly, but it lasted much MUCH longer and I'd buy it again if it wasn't for the next one I got. So far, these were all just actual toy aircraft that could fly in your back yard and only in less than 5 mph wind, but then I got an actual large RC trainer plane that hobbyists like me fly. Takes up the entire trunk of the car on the way to the airfield that you legally have to fly at. (well, almost. There's lots of legal restrictions on where it can fly and stuff, like not around crowded areas or above 400 ft or in airspace around airports, etc.) Now I'm on my way to getting a pilots license eventually.

  • Robert Hatfull
    Robert Hatfull Ай бұрын

    What an awesome feat of model aviation and james mays kidlike wonder makes it totaly watchable and somehow magical 🤘

  • Paul Duker Jr.
    Paul Duker Jr. Ай бұрын +1

    I wish my grandfather could see this! He grew up building his own RC airplanes in Indiana, USA back in the 1940s. We have a very cool news paper clipping from his local town showing him, at 14, holding a flying saucer RC plane that he built and which had been spotted by the people in town who of course freaked out, took photos, and even got the local police to chase and monitor it. Imagine their surprise when the saucer lands like a normal airplane (because it basically is) and a 14 year old boy with some radio equipment is the "alien pilot" who was flying it!

  • Salve Legio
    Salve Legio Ай бұрын

    This is an amazing achievement!!! Love to J and to the lads.

  • Cambone13
    Cambone13 Ай бұрын

    11:37 im seriously impressed how well it flew

  • TwoSquids
    TwoSquids 2 ай бұрын +95

    How happy the helicopter pilot is getting to do this really makes me happy

      FOOL ON THE HILL Ай бұрын

      He looks like he's just turned 16yo..

    • TermlessGHM
      TermlessGHM 2 ай бұрын +7

      I think he was the spotter, not the actual pilot but nevertheless his excitement was clearly visible.

    • Repent and believe in Jesus Christ
      Repent and believe in Jesus Christ  2 ай бұрын

      Repent to Jesus Christ “May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.”
      ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭19‬:‭14‬ ‭NIV‬‬

  • Lukas Raath
    Lukas Raath Ай бұрын +1

    Wow guys. What a film. I actually applauded when it landed! It's not just a toy glider! It's victory!

  • Leo Biebuyck
    Leo Biebuyck Ай бұрын +6

    So uplifiting. Really keeps the dreams alive. Thank you James and all of the production team.

  • Twelve Wing Productions
    Twelve Wing Productions Ай бұрын +1

    A wonderful piece of engineering for those students as well. The guidance system worked wonderfully.
    Well done all!

  • Senator Joseph McCarthy
    Senator Joseph McCarthy Ай бұрын

    Thank you for airing this marvelous adventure and record 🏆 setting flight success. Congratulations to you all.

  • lameandboard
    lameandboard Ай бұрын

    I always enjoy watching you fly... most people don't say anything and just enjoy watching. I never commented before, keep it up your entertaining and your flying speaks for itself.

  • David Gibbings
    David Gibbings 2 ай бұрын +40

    Can you imagine clarkson and Hammond achieving this , I don’t think so , may has always been in my book thee intellectual one ❤

    • UK Dash Cam'z
      UK Dash Cam'z 18 күн бұрын

      To be fair clarksons farm show is extremely educational as well and fun, they were still the best team together.

    • Tr4newreck
      Tr4newreck Ай бұрын +1

      clarkson and hammond would of done it in half the time, and be far more entertaining, while doing it...failure or otherwise

    • Jere Lull
      Jere Lull Ай бұрын +5

      True, but he tends to overthink things, which is part of the gag.

  • Scott Craven
    Scott Craven Ай бұрын

    Bravo! An uplifting (pun intended) story w a good ending! Well done James May....anyone that has even built a balsa plane before understands your excitement! This would have been a great high school science project.

  • Jayden Lawson
    Jayden Lawson Ай бұрын

    40:38 it's impressive how quickly that plane stabilised

  • Andrew Ince
    Andrew Ince Ай бұрын +1

    My grandfather used to build, fly and absolutely obliterated model aircraft. The excitement of watching that glider clear over 35km and land safely reminds me of the excitement I used to feel taking model planes up to Westbury and Heddington to fly them and occasionally get involved in a demolition Derby dogfight. Just a shame we never made the machine guns a reality (he even had an airsoft gun he planned to modify before he died, absolute madman).

  • Nige O' Blisco
    Nige O' Blisco Ай бұрын

    An incredible achievement. Well done everyone involved.

  • Talesfromthescrypt
    Talesfromthescrypt Ай бұрын

    Seen this so many times, never gets old!

  • Trevor Heath
    Trevor Heath 2 ай бұрын +22

    When James May is involved I can't help but feel like a 10yr old once again! He has that way about him, a true reminder of those feelings and memories of being a kid again.
    Thank you James for taking me back 46yrs! This was epic and you and your fabulous team including those University students should feel very proud of this great achievement. Congratulations! 👍 👌

  • computerjantje
    computerjantje Ай бұрын +6

    Fantastic video. Gives so many positive feelings. The narration is also so good. The Idea, the comments, the fun the helicopter pilot is having, the build up of the video, the music., it is all a perfect match and perfect editing. I LOVE IT ALL. Thank you all for the hard work to create this.

  • Whit Wilson
    Whit Wilson Ай бұрын

    Congrats to James and the Team. Awesome accomplishment! Now, fresh paint, a new "pilot," and an anonymous trip to Calais!!! Cheers from Texas.

  • Curundu
    Curundu Ай бұрын

    Second time watching and it hit home this time. Such a good job done my May and crew.

  • James Wingrove
    James Wingrove Ай бұрын

    I’m actually staggered. And also found myself willing the glider on. I couldn’t help but smile when it made it to Lundy. Fantastic.

  • CallMeNanta
    CallMeNanta Ай бұрын

    Man even tho I’m only 19 years old but I used to build gliders and rubber band powered gliders a lot. When he talked about how he felt when his plane glide majestically through the air, I felt that too. I miss the days when I wasn’t busy with the university all the time. Seeing his plane made me miss my old planes so so much. Good old james may. Love this man so much.

  • Иван Иванов
    Иван Иванов 2 ай бұрын +18

    This was amazing to watch. The whole crew did great job. The episode is such a great thing to watch, especially when you used to build and make planes with someone, you loved so much and you miss so much these days. Thanks James!

  • LA X
    LA X Ай бұрын

    Really enjoyed that, well done James and team, excellent viewing, excellent achievement.

  • karremania
    karremania Ай бұрын

    You mind tells you 'meh just a plane, physics and some aero stuff, nothing special', but that inner voice, that kid in you, goes "YEAH HE DID IT'. I cherrish that little kid voice, its a testomony that our dreams still exist, and dreams can still be made into reality, no matter your age. Absolute amazing stuff.

  • Ron Hardie
    Ron Hardie Ай бұрын +4

    This is a cracking video and well done James and the crew ,what an achievement !!love seeing the enthusiasm of the Brunel guys and it just shows despite the underfunding of aviation that innovation is still alive and well ,great job !!

  • Peter Harold Janak Jr
    Peter Harold Janak Jr Ай бұрын

    That was just bloody cool! A boys dream realized. I found they 100-150 year old delta wing paper airplane absolutely astonishing! sometimes wish I was born with a british accent. Always fantastic for story telling.

  • Cara Moore
    Cara Moore Ай бұрын +1

    I loved rubber and then nitro powered Guillows kits...I did not expect to see a hundred year old paper airplane fly...again. Fantastic production.

  • Deno Cro
    Deno Cro 2 ай бұрын +38

    That was absolute gold to watch. Probably better than anything I have seen in a very long time. Long live the child like spirit in all of us. Thankyou to all involved in this epic adventure. Deno.

  • Neo
    Neo Ай бұрын

    LMFAO...this is just brilliant!! There is only one person on this planet who can make films like these,. Cheers to you James May :)

  • Vegatermik
    Vegatermik Ай бұрын

    Who said that age of the exsentrics has over? The same emotions accompanied me when I watched a film dedicated to the first rises of the creators of the British Solar One...solar powered glider. The situation presented here is also unique especially for lovers of modeling!

  • James M
    James M Ай бұрын

    Loved this. The spirit of flight is alive and well.

  • Karl Henderson
    Karl Henderson Ай бұрын

    Without a doubt my most favourite experience on You Tube, and arguably all documentaries.

  • DorianeRoars
    DorianeRoars Ай бұрын

    What an emotional moment. Thank you for sharing that with us, Sir.

  • B
    B 2 ай бұрын +31

    The thing that changed my rc plane experience over the years more than anything else is ammonia. Yes the chemical that burns your nose. With a little bit of ammonia you can warp, twist ,bend balsa into any shape you want without it snapping. It's like magic. The number of designs I could never make without adding glue weight jumped by multiple orders of magnitude after discovering that one thing.

    • B
      B Ай бұрын +2

      @Potvin Suks well window cleaner works.

    • stanhauser
      stanhauser Ай бұрын +2

      Hot water does the trick too

    • Potvin Suks
      Potvin Suks Ай бұрын +1

      This is VERY intriguimg to me as, someone who hasn't built an RC Plane for a few decades but have been thinking to get back in.
      What percentage of Ammonia are we talking about? Like, Windex amount (3-4%) or Jewelers Ammonia (25-28%)? Very interesting, thanks!

  • Carlos Zapatero
    Carlos Zapatero Ай бұрын +2

    Thank you all!❤. This show is a wonderful reminder of how beautiful the world is! A 60 year old in Dallas, Oregon USA thanks you!♥️

  • Bass Ops
    Bass Ops Ай бұрын

    Awesome video! You took me back to being a kid again and my fascination with flight and RC Aircraft.

  • ajl9791
    ajl9791 Ай бұрын

    That’s amazing… I love this , thanks for the ride James