Roy, thanks for the true report. Glad the tripple nickel crew made it home safely! Got to go down the assembly line in St. Louis a couple times back in the mid 1970s (I used MCAUTO) and was impressed to see 2 dudes watching 1 dude put in a fastener, under the wing. That quality control is appreciated by those that go MACH II+. I would have been driving one of those bad boys back in the 1980s if the old body had not let me down-earlier. My one GOAL in my young life was to shoot down MIGS=in bunches!! GOD BLESS all those that serve!
Here is a pic of the dead EAGLE....
I love the EAGLE so much that I got Mcdonald Douglas -in the late 1970's-to give me some plans (non-secret) to build a model from. In the eary 1980s I built the R/C plug for a 1/6th scale, using the TURBAX II ducted fans (best available at that time). Finished bird would have been 127.6" long. Job lay-off ended that project and now I have a $3,000 - 95% finished plug that I may have to sell some day to buy AMMO-lol. I had a R/C Jet mfg run some numbers on my bird and he said it would weigh -fully loaded - 60+ lb. and fly in the neighborhood of 200+ MPH with 2 real MAX model jet engines. This a GIANT SCALE & over the speed limit and would be a show stopper, which would require special approval from AMA to fly at a R/C air show i.e. every one else would park their planes and watch till you landed.
If anyone has an additional $10k >$15k laying around to finish this project, and loves the tripple nickel like I do, we may could work a deal. The finished birds would be cheap-they too crash you know-that's why I built a plug instead of a stick plane. You would do all the flying, I got a Commercial ticket but never flew a R/C (engines not included-mileage may vary).