Seconds From Disaster: Flying Reliant Robin Plummets To The Ground

Unless you’re idea of getting a Reliant Robin off the ground involves a giant balloon, odds are you’re not going to be able to generate enough lift while also maintaining control.

There’s a reason why helicopters have two rotors. While the big one on top provides lift and directional motion, the one on the tail pushes the rear of the chopper against the torque of the main rotor, helping you steer properly.

Sure, there are workarounds, such as having two large rotors on top, albeit spinning in opposite directions, but as you can see, the engineering on this Robin isn’t exactly up to aviation standards.

Still, whoever designed the mechanism certainly got it to generate enough lift so as to pick the car up off the ground, but anything beyond that was always doomed to fail, seen as how the only things that provided directional momentum were the pick-up truck, which pulled the Robin along, and a poor excuse for a rudder.

In the end, we’re guessing the people who put all this together had fun, which is understandable. It also wasn’t going all that fast, but even so you never know how this might end up. At least, as you can see in the video that follows, the driver was OK after the impact.


  • Six_Tymes

    being pulled at the same time what did they expect

  • Хиллари сосет киску

    Seriously, what’s the difference between this thing and a horse’s ass?

  • Paul

    Umm I think we need more lift. Crazy fools, it looked like a good way to get maimed or killed or something.

    • Loquacious Borborygmus

      Crazy fools?
      And horses.

  • Bash

    A recipe to die.

  • Perry F. Bruns

    *your idea

  • David FitzGerald

    Just trying to live out the 70s disco tune: “Fly, Robin, Fly”

    • john1168


  • Loquacious Borborygmus

    Rodney, you plonker!

  • john1168

    This wasn’t trying to be a helicopter, it was trying to be a gyrocopter. With a gyrocopter you DON’T need a tail rotor to compensate for torque. This was working for a bit but it entered an unrecoverable oscillation. A stupid idea none the less… What was the point in turning a Robin into a towed gyrocopter???

    • D3X

      Needs stabilization wings on the side, which prevents horizontal oscillation. This isn’t a Gyrocopter, it’s suicide machine.

  • Christian

    Even in air they tip over…

  • Bob

    They are terrible on road, maybe people figured they may work better in the air. Alas. I guess water is the next best bet then.

  • asphrp

    bad aerodynamic i think

  • robotlogic

    So you bolted a gyrocopter inside Robin body and crashed it, congrats.

  • Plutonium

    – Fly a robin.
    That’s one more thing off the bucket list.
    Next, “set myself on fire and jump off 3 story building”.

    • john1168


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